The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 15, 2013

Briefs: Schell's releasing Pils series; Holiday planetarium show; Civil War event in New Ulm

Schell's releasing anniversary Pils series

NEW ULM — August Schell Brewing Company is releasing a new series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Schell’s Pils.

The Schell’s 30th Anniversary Pilsner Series will consist of four different Pilsner beers. It will include the original recipe from 1984, Schell’s current Pils beer and two new innovative varieties made to help celebrate this historic occasion — a Roggen and Mandarina Bavaria Pils. Schell’s original Pils recipe is what the late beer aficionado Michael Jackson called “One of the best American examples of the Pilsner style.”

The Roggen Pils is a twist on the traditional, featuring spicy rye malt coupled with spicy Tettnang and Smaragd hops from the Tettnang region of Germany. The fourth Pils variety showcases a new hop from Germany called Mandarina Bavaria. Its strong tangerine and citrus notes dominate the flavor and aroma.

This series will be released in 12-pack samplers containing three 12-ounce bottles of each variety and sets of 4 1/6-barrels starting in February. A series to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Schell’s Hefeweizen will also be available in July.

Happy holidays in the Planetarium

MANKATO — The District 77 Mankato East High School Planetarium Productions Club is giving its annual holiday show on Friday.

There will be two showtimes: 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The shows will feature East's own Chamber Choir Singers and a very special appearance by local singing artist Ian Hilmers. Fly throught the universe while listening to sweet music and enjoy the stars of December. And, of course, enjoy our story of the Christmas star.

All shows are free to the public and reservations can be made by calling Mankato East at 507-387- 5671; ask for Dawn Lange at the switchboard.

Civil War event at New Ulm library

NEW ULM —Arn Kind will lead a Civil War roundtable event on Tuesday at the New Ulm Public Library, 17 N. Broadway St.

The area Civil War re-enactor with a vast collection of artifacts will present “The American Civil War and the Life of a Soldier” at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, call 507-359-8334 or visit

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