The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

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Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would […]

The Lunch Party Download

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Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam are not from Minnesota. They are East Coasters, hailing from Pittsburgh (Rico) and Philadelphia (Brendan). They’ve visited the Twin Cities a handful of times. Brendan even lived in St. Paul for a few months, a few years ago. They know their way around the W.A. Frost and St. Paul […]

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Minnesota Moms of Comedy

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The journey of a standup comedian is anything but glamorous. Late nights, empty open mics, and a lot of time spent alone trying to perfect a few brief minutes of material. In many cases, comedy isn’t just their top priority; it’s their only priority. But for some of the Twin Cities’ most talented comedians, they’re […]

Book Dabbler: The World is on Fire

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Last June I drove to Osceola, Wisconsin, to paddle the St. Croix with a college buddy. I filled a cooler with beer and beef jerky—ready for a day of sunburn and sweat—but a thunderstorm forced me off the road before I left the Cities. I managed to avoid the flash floods and tree limbs in […]

May Arts and Culture Events

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A look at our favorite arts and culture events in Minnesota during May 2015, presented by 89.3 The Current. Featured Event The Dinner Party Download May 9 Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St, St. Paul • 8pm •  $25–$35 Ever wonder what to say at a dinner party? What jokes to tell? Cocktails to make? Head […]

Craft Culture: Wood from the Hood

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Photos Aaron Davidson Outside Wood from the Hood’s main office on Minnehaha Avenue and 26th Street in Minneapolis sits a small red dumpster with “free” spray-painted in blaze orange on the side. Instead of meeting the woodchipper, the wood scraps inside provide local woodworkers and hobbyists with an otherwise costly bounty. One neighbor uses the […]

Rock ‘N’ Roll: Meeting Joan Jett, and the Harsh Reality of Life Backstage

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Editor’s note: This article was produced as a part of a collaboration between The Growler Magazine and 89.3 The Current, Minnesota’s non-commercial, member-supported radio station playing the best authentic, new music alongside the music that inspired it. Find this article and more great music content at thecurrent.org. The snow was falling hard and fast in fat, sloppy flakes […]

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Water a Tree, Beer for Free

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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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