The Right Roast: Getting the most flavor out of a coffee bean

The coffee we drink comes from the seed of the coffee cherry, commonly called a bean despite its not actually being a legume. That’s just one of many … [Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get Together is back for another year of cramming everything the state has to offer into a 12-day extravaganza that sends summer … [Read more]

PHOTOS: Relive Eaux Claires 2016

The second Eaux Claries Music and Arts Festival took place last weekend in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival included performances from Bon Iver, … [Read more]

Sociable Cider introduces barrel-aging program

Sociable Cider Werks co-owner Jim Watkins is never satisfied. He’s always tinkering with things, whether it’s cooking a steak or sourcing apples for … [Read more]

Fair trial: Our favorite new State Fair libations

Drinking at the Minnesota State Fair is all about balance. You don't want anything too thick or heavy, nor anything too dry. You're looking for … [Read more]

Maria Bamford on coming home, ‘Lady Dynamite,’ & portrayals of mental illness

When you’ve had a career as long and successful as Maria Bamford, it can be difficult to choose a “best” year. That said, 2016 has likely been Maria … [Read more]

Pints and politics: Go Vote MN encourages millennials to register and vote

We hear it every four years: "This is the most important election of our lifetime!" When it comes to the 2016 presidential ballot—with … [Read more]

Building a Brewery, Chapter 2: The right tools for the job

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of monthly journal entries in which Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery founders Levi Loesch and Caleb Levar write … [Read more]

 

My cousin Ulli: A quest for non-traditional beer in Germany and Belgium

Like many natives of the Midwest, I am part Rheinländer German. My mother’s family is from Trier, a city near the border of Luxembourg; they were captains of riverboats on the Moselle and the Rhine. I graduated as a German major at the University of … [Read more]

The Summer Beer Dabbler through my (beer) glasses

It seems that at any given Minnesota get-together, whether a day out on the lake, a New Year’s Eve party, or a family reunion at your Aunt Bridget’s house, there’s an endless thirst for beer. And with the Land of 10,000 Lakes' craft-beer scene … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bald Man Brewing

Whenever the Jacobs family gets together, it’s inevitable that the occasion will be marked by a batch of Tristan Kusnierek’s homebrew. The tradition started when Dan Jacobs’ cousin married Kusnierek, an avid homebrewer since 1992. Despite a … [Read more]

Foraging with Forager

While Austin Jevne picks black cap raspberries, he reminisces about his childhood days spent at his family’s cabin in Minocqua, Wisconsin, and how he learned to apply just the right amount of pressure to pluck the berries from the shrubs. Back … [Read more]

Beaver Island Brewing building production facility

Just one and a half years after opening their taproom, St. Cloud’s Beaver Island Brewing Co. is looking to break ground on a second facility geared solely toward production. With a tentative timeline to break ground at a new site near St. Cloud … [Read more]

Cidermaker Profile: Rob Fisk of Wyndfall Cyder

For most people, the word “spitter” evokes the thought of something unpleasant—angry llamas, perhaps, or individuals who require a little extra talking space if you want to stay dry. Not Rob Fisk. For him, the word means something beautiful, … [Read more]