First Taste: Fair State’s Old Richmond Rye

Fair State Brewing Cooperative was making good use of their new cellar on Monday, hand filling their first oak barrel aged beer. Named Old Richmond … [Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 8–14

From a supergroup made up of Scottish rockers and a beloved American cult band, to a pair of young shoegaze rock bands, a brewery blowout and one of … [Read more]

By the Numbers: The 2015 Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival has come and gone, but the craft brewers that took home medals from the competition are still coming down from their … [Read more]

Glensheen: Minnesota’s infamous murder mystery comes to life at History Theatre

It sounds like fiction—like a murder mystery in a worn paperback novel. A wealthy woman is murdered in her bed, smothered with a pillow in the … [Read more]

From Vine To Wine at Schram Vineyards

It's grape harvesting time in the upper Midwest. Vines of marquette, frontenac, and other cold climate  grape varieties are hitting target sugar … [Read more]

Let’s Get Physical: Training for the Bar

Shove a towel inside a pint glass and twist. Feel the strain in your wrists. Stand up. Don’t sit back down for 10 hours. Dig a scoop of ice out of the … [Read more]

The Saintly Season: St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis reflects on a record-setting year at CHS Field

George Tsamis spent part of one glorious season in the major leagues, pitching for the 1993 Minnesota Twins. That was nearly a generation before … [Read more]

Craft Culture: MaxBat

Wooden baseball bats for the major leagues & amateurs alike Brooten, Minnesota—population 742—sits 120 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. … [Read more]

Photos: Before and after at Bad Weather’s new St. Paul brewery and taproom

Before photos by Brian Kaufenberg, after photos by Aaron Davidson One might expect a brewery preparing for its grand opening to be somewhere between hectic and a complete madhouse, but that's not the case at Bad Weather. On Wednesday morning, two … [Read more]

Minnesota Fresh Hop Round-Up

Seasonal beers are a big thing in Minnesota, but few generate the excitement of the wet hop, or fresh hop, beers of fall, which celebrate the direct connection between agriculture and beer, cone to glass. Catching up with a number of breweries … [Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Touring Toronto’s Brewery Renaissance

For many years, Toronto was a relatively brewery-deprived city. I mean, yes, there were breweries, including one of Ontario’s first—the now-defunct Upper Canada Brewing—along with a few early brewpubs. But compared with other cities, even other … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakes and Legends Brewing Company

Ethan Applen and Derrick Taylor hope to bring a slice of the Belgian countryside to downtown Minneapolis’ Loring Park neighborhood when they open Lakes & Legends Brewing. The brothers-in-law are in the final stages of building out their … [Read more]

5 factors driving the evolution of Minnesota beer

August Schell Brewing Company marked its 150th anniversary in 2010, a milestone that only a handful of other breweries can claim. The brewing industry has changed a lot in those 150 years: the advent of mechanical refrigeration, the ascension of the … [Read more]

Style Profile: Pumpkin Ales

Pumpkin beers are a love ’em or leave ’em proposition. Those who love them eagerly await October (or July as is often the case these days). They can’t wait to snatch up six-packs or bombers of the latest gourd-infused grog. Those who hate them... … [Read more]

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