A Brewmaster’s Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

The turkey is in the fridge, the guest bedroom is clean, and the grocery list has been checked and double-checked. With the dinner menu set, it’s time … [Read more]

Meeting of the minds: How brewers & chefs team to create one-of-a-kind beer dinners

It’s just after lunch at Edina’s Pig & Fiddle and Summit head brewer Damian McConn is seated at the bar alongside Pig & Fiddle owner Mark Van … [Read more]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 19–25

An unseasonably warm November heading into Thanksgiving week is stuffed full with shows to be thankful for. Saturday’s numerous choices alone will … [Read more]

The State of Minnesota Whiskey

The Minnesota craft-distilling scene is looking to find its place in the geography of whiskey. With a handful of distilleries now past that two-year … [Read more]

How to make a foraged centerpiece without leaving your backyard

Christine Hoffman is trimming some branches in her Grand Avenue shop, Foxglove Market. “Most of this I found right out back of the building,” she … [Read more]

Insight celebrates its first trip around the sun with a special barrel-aged stout

Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer and co-founder of Insight Brewing in Minneapolis, carefully dipped a sanitized barrel thief into the oak barrel, took a … [Read more]

Popular mechanic: Brewery builder Mario Criveller does the work before the wort

Mario Criveller commands the room as the Lakes & Legend Brewing crew sets up the brite tank in their soon-to-open downtown Minneapolis brewery. … [Read more]

St. Paul City Council to vote on loosening liquor license laws for restaurants

St. Paul restaurants, new and established, may soon have an easier time obtaining a full liquor license. On Tuesday, November 10, the St. Paul … [Read more]

The Big Reveal: Utepils Brewing (formerly Bryn Mawr) has their Head Brewer

The news that a brewery was officially coming to Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood first hit email inboxes and social media sites late July 2015, when Bryn Mawr Brewing Co. announced it had signed a 10-year lease in an 18,000-square-foot warehouse … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lake Monster Brewing

“A taproom gives us a home base, it gives us an identity, it gives us the local connection—a lot more than we’ve had to this point,” says Matt Lange, head brewer and co-owner of Lake Monster Brewing. “It’s going to be huge.” Lake Monster started … [Read more]

Wisconsin’s Northern Discovery and the importance of wild hops

When La Crosse, Wisconsin's, Pearl Street Brewery released Linalool IPA on October 16, they made history as the first brewery to use the Wisconsin wild hop, Northern Discovery, in a bottled beer. Pearl Street’s brewmaster and founder Joe Katchever … [Read more]

Hops + Malt + Coffee = Big Watt Brewers Press

While craft beer and cold press coffee combinations are commonplace these days, you may not yet be familiar with coffee roasters adding hops to cold press. It's a delicate balance—both hops and coffee have intensely flavored acids that will clash if … [Read more]

Now Open: Able Seedhouse & Brewery

Casey Holley is a Minnesota native, but it took moving to northern California for him to fully appreciate the agricultural bounty of the Upper Midwest. Living in Lodi, just 40 minutes south of Sacramento, he saw firsthand how community and … [Read more]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: A Slow Boat and a Great Leap to Beijing

You’ve got to be at least a little bit nuts to travel to Beijing for beer. Because even though China leads the world by leaps and bounds in terms of beer production, brewing over half a billion hectoliters annually, per capita consumption is low—not … [Read more]

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