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]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 1–7

Music lovers haven’t dubbed this month “Rocktober” for nothing. Autumn in the Twin Cities usually means an abundance of national touring acts swinging … [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]

Brewer Profile: Deb Loch of Urban Growler Brewing

It’s 9am on a drizzly late August day. At Urban Growler Brewing Company in St. Paul, Deb Loch, head brewer and co-owner, sits at the founder’s table—a … [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]

On Point: Willow Creek Kennels trains German Shorthair Pointers to be Master Hunters

Fall is a busy time in the North. There are Oktoberfests to be enjoyed, autumn hikes to traverse, changing leaves to be admired, and—as hunting … [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]

Homebrew Recipe: Irish Hunter Porter with Brett

When asked to come up with a recipe for this sporting life–themed issue, I thought, “Nothing says fox hunting like Brettanomyces in Irish porter.” True story. This month we’ll brew a batch of history-inspired porter with a mixed-culture … [Read more]

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