New research finds homebrewers may be able to predict the future

According to a recent study, homebrewers can predict the future. OK, maybe your homebrewing buddy isn’t a mystic seer, but a high number of … [Read more]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music

When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new … [Read more]

Schell’s completes purchase of Grain Belt sign; will release Lock & Dam Lager in April

August Schell Brewing Company announced this morning they've completed the purchase of the historic Grain Belt sign on Nicollet Island. Plans call … [Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Sangria at Cafe Ena

“I bought El Meson 12 years ago, and that’s where it all started,” says Hector Ruiz, smiling at the bar of Cafe Ena in South Minneapolis. When he took … [Read more]

For the love of theater: 11 shows opening this week

There are 11—yes, 11—shows opening this week in and around the Twin Cities, just in time for Valentine's Day. (Read: Date ideas!) With such a wide … [Read more]

Wine from weird places: Is there value in seeking out wine from obscure regions?

Part of what makes wine beautiful is that in many ways it is unknowable. Built from the caprices of sun and rain, yeast and age, excellence in wine is … [Read more]

Craft Culture: Handmade timepieces from Padron Watch Company

January and February can be the dreariest of months for retailers. The Christmas bustle turns a sharp corner, and long days spent trying to keep up … [Read more]

The Minnesota Spoon: Marinated skirt steak fry bread sliders

I’ve always struggled with winters in Minnesota. But even though there are at least 100 reasons to hibernate and avoid human contact, I’ve found that … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hydra Beer Company

Just as the mythological seven-headed hydra rose from the swamps of Lerna, so rises Hydra Beer Company of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their beer has been on shelves since May 2015 thanks to contract agreements with Sprecher and Brau Brothers, and they … [Read more]

PHOTOS: 2016 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival

They came. They saw. They dabbled. Almost 9,000 people descended on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 6 for the 2016 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. With temperatures in the 30s for much of the festival and a brief snow/sleet mix … [Read more]

Insider’s Guide to the 2016 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival

Snow is falling, Rice Park is filled with ice sculptures, and darker beers are dominating local tap lines. Winter is here, friends, and with it comes our favorite cold-weather festival—The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. As a sister company to The … [Read more]

‘Brewed For Us’: The top-secret Founders beer you’ll never get to try

Founders Brewing Company seeks to live up to its motto, “Brewed For Us,” in many ways today. But it took the Grand Rapids, Michigan, brewery some trials and errors to get to that point. Owners Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers started Founders in … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Disgruntled Brewing

“Disgruntled kind of describes me,” says Brett Doebbeling, co-owner and head brewer at Disgruntled Brewing, soon to open in Perham, Minnesota. Although he’s successfully run his own drywall company for the past 15 years, before that Doebbeling says … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): u4ic Brewing Incorporated

When u4ic Brewing Incorporated opens this weekend in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, it will follow the now familiar path of being helmed by a homebrewing hobbiest-turned-full-time brewer that many of the state’s new breweries share. Jeff Luskey started … [Read more]

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