Nightlife notes: Sisyphus Brewing to open taproom/comedy club

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 1/13/2014

Plus: New digs for the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival.

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Jokes, pints and podcasts
Prepare to have your minds blown, Minnesota. Get this: A new brewery is opening in Minneapolis! Weird, right? The kicker is that the taproom-only Sisyphus Brewing, founded by local comedian Sam Harriman will double as a comedy club/performance space near Dunwoody College of Technology. We’re told there will not be growler sales, but there will be podcasts. Yes, Harriman plans to invite fellow comedians, performers and brewers to brew with him and record their conversations for release as podcasts. Proceeds from that beer will benefit charities of his guests’ choice. Sisyphus is shooting to open around late April.

Same Dabbler, new digs

The perennially sold-out Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival returns next Saturday at a new venue. The fifth-year beer fest is moving into the Midway at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for its annual outdoor taste-a-thon. The 150-strong brewery lineup features locals such as Bent Paddle, the not-yet-open Day Block and Summit (which recently unveiled new-look packaging), as well as hotshot out-of-staters including Green Flash, Stone and Oskar Blues, which is making its Minnesota debut. Non-beer entertainment features live music, food trucks, a homebrew contest, silent disco and an attempt at waging the world’s largest snowball fight. As of press time tickets were still available. (3:30-7:30 p.m., Jan. 25, $35-$50 ($10 designated driver), 21-plus, 1265 Snelling Av., St. Paul,