Tent Tasting & 3 Good Rosés with Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino

The premier wine tasting event of the season is Sunday, May 15, and this year it's bigger and better than ever. "We have some people from out of … [Read more]

Unlocking the Riddle Room

The full-immersion escape game celebrates its anniversary with a larger space, new games Art Allen has spent the last year trapping people inside … [Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Mint Juleps with Trish Gavin of Handsome Hog

"Fresh mint—very important," says Trish Gavin, placing a julep tin on the bar of Handsome Hog. That's where we'll be watching the Kentucky Derby on … [Read more]

Resurrecting the Country Bar

The Country Bar is dead. Long live the Country Bar. Some have bemoaned the conversion of the grody dive into a more polished hangout—yet another … [Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts May 2–8

After a fairly up and down April, spring has finally without a doubt arrived in Minnesota. The amount of trees and flowers blooming in the last week … [Read more]

What’s in a label? Decoding food claims, from natural to non-GMO

Transparency. It’s the new buzzword among consumers demanding to know what’s in their food and brands showing off their ever-shortening lists of … [Read more]

Craft Culture: Hand-thrown tableware from Ceramic Chinn

Two years ago, Alex Chinn propped open the lid of his electric kiln to inspect the 40 plates stacked inside. He noticed something he didn’t expect. … [Read more]

Alex Roberts on the history and unexpected virtue of masa

By Alex Roberts, as told to John Garland What we do at Alma is try to honor tradition without saying we’re cooking something traditional. Brasa … [Read more]

Lift Bridge, North Loop, & more hosting events Saturday for Homebrewers Assoc. Big Brew

In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day and this year Big Brew falls on Saturday, May … [Read more]

Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?

What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is … [Read more]

The story behind the annual Town Hall Blessing of the Maibock

Adorning an outside wall of Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery is a mural of a holy man, a flock of people raising pint glasses of maibock beer, and one rebel impatiently quaffing his malty Bavarian lager early. This mural depicts the annual Blessing … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roundhouse Brewery

As craft breweries continue to open across the country, it’s becoming clear that the trend isn’t just about beer. There’s a larger craft movement at hand. Take Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd, for example: at the center of a revitalized former rail … [Read more]

Brewer Profile: JT Dalton of Barley John’s Brewing Company

Artist. Teacher. Cook. Car detailer. Brewer. Not many people have a resume quite as colorful or diverse as JT Dalton. The 31-year-old grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, and never had a clear direction of what he wanted to do beyond make art, … [Read more]

The Wide World of Beer: 15 of the world’s greatest food & beer destinations

One of the first dedicated temples of beer and food I ever visited, perhaps the first, didn’t even make the cut when I was compiling a list of 100 Great Beer & Food Destinations for my latest book, “The Beer & Food Companion.” It was In ‘t … [Read more]

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