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Brewing a Better Forest

A little over a year ago, seven professional tree enthusiasts met for beers to contemplate a big issue: Due to the emerald ash borer epidemic, an estimated 7,000 trees are being cut down each year in Minneapolis. And while new trees are being planed in their place, the City of Minneapolis only has the capacity […]

Book Dabbler: The Diabolical Chaos of The Infernal

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The most exceptional breweries aren’t afraid to take risks. Whether it’s new barrel-aging techniques or infusing their flagship beers with interesting flavors, they keep finding novel ways to excite craft beer lovers. Take Surly, for example. I recently downed a half pint of their Fiery Hell at the new Surly Beer Hall. According to the […]

Homegrown Hempen Ale Returns to Fitger’s Brewhouse

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The Homegrown Music Festival is returning to the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., April 26 – May 3 and along with it comes the return of Fitger’s Brewhouse’s “gateway beer,” Homegrown Hempen Ale. Described as a “full-bodied amber ale,” the beer is brewed with ground hemp seeds and carries an ABV of […]

The Minnesota Brewer: Pitching Yeast with Twins Closer Glen Perkins in the Offseason

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Photos by Brace Hemmelgarn, Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins’s newfound hobby has him pitching more than just baseballs in the offseason. Beer and baseball are an iconic pairing—and it’s not just enjoyed in the bleachers. Twins all-star closer Glen Perkins, a longtime beer fan, took that pairing a step further this offseason when he discovered the joys […]

Collaboration of Craft Cultures: The Beer Dabbler at the American Craft Council Show in Saint Paul

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The craft-culture movement could easily be mistaken as a new trend. In recent years, there has been no shortage of innovative men and women experimenting with ways to personalize and heighten every area of life, from food and beer to fashion and design. Trendy as it is, craft is nothing new. Nor is the celebration […]

The Book Dabbler: AWP 2015 Off-Site Events

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The Book Dabbler, here, keeping you up-to-date on all the beer-friendly off site readings for this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in the Twin Cities. Your favorite taprooms and beer bars will be full of literary people from all over the country. So make sure to get out and enjoy some ales […]

The Relatable Comedy of The Keillor Reader

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How does Garrison Keillor remain relevant in a changing world? I grew up with parents who listened to “A Prairie Home Companion” on the radio and occasionally attended the live show. I remember asking my dad what he liked about it, back when I was too young and distracted by Sonic the Hedgehog to understand […]

10 Questions for The Current at 10 Years

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Photos by Aaron Davidson When 89.3 The Current hit the airwaves at 9:01am on Jan. 24, 2005 to the beat of Atmosphere’s “Say Shh,” nothing was a sure thing. Alternative stations come and go, and will continue to, but with the backing of Minnesota Public Radio, The Current is not just another station. It has […]

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Craft Culture: Custom Bike Frames at Prairie Crow Bikeworks

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Photos by Matt Lien Tucked among the houses of Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood sits the Shasta building, a sprawling industrial fortress, whose lungs make a constant metal on metal rasp. Alex Heegaard-LeGros of Prairie Crow Bikeworks brings me back through the long hallways, past the scores of tenants clanging and banging, to his corner space. “I’m […]

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Book Dabbler: Returning to an adventure classic, Into Thin Air

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Seventeen years after the release of Jon Krakauer’s best-seller, the tragic tale is still as gripping as ever After a recent snowfall, I watched the kids across the street climb on the snow piled at the end of their driveway. The wind chill was biting at something like -20°F, and though the kids looked to […]

Eaux Claires Music Festival Lineup Makes Waves, Tickets on Sale

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Last year, Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir announced they would collaborate on a project new for each of the accomplished artists—organizing a music festival. Dessner and Vernon connected while recording Dark Was the Night, a compilation album benefitting HIV / AIDS research, and quickly became friends after writing the song “Big Red Machine” by […]

Car Won’t Start? Have a Beer

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Louie the Loon: Crowds Are Becoming a Problem

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Craft Culture: Arms & Armor

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Story & Photos by Gregory Fitz & Michael Dawson According to the physics of swordfights in movies and the illustrations of every D&D manual ever published, it looked as if Craig Johnson was holding his practice sword all wonky and with no power. But sure enough, after we delivered a Hollywood-style, chopping-wood attack, his blade […]

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5 Minnesota Comedians to Watch in 2015

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The Twin Cities are known for attracting the best stand-up comedy talent in the country. Every week, clubs from all over the area bring in top-notch headliners, who constantly mention Minnesota as one of their favorite places to perform. But most nights, comedy fans leave the club saying things like, “The headliner was good, but […]

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