Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 27 – Dec. 2

Put down that leftover turkey leg and take in one of this week’s cornucopia of great shows (you know you need a break from your family anyway). Aero Flynn and Halloween Alaska | Turf Club | Saturday, November 28th, 7:30pm Aero Flynn’s long awaited debut album finally saw the light of day earlier this year, […]

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 to turn your attention to more important things: beer pairings to complement the bounty that is Thanksgiving dinner. While the spreads may vary from household to household, Thanksgiving […]

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 Wie and executive chef Dylan Benkenstein. With samples of several Summit beers lined up in front of them and a lively, in-depth conversation about pairing options taking place, […]

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 mark, it’s nearing the time for many to make the jump from barrel to bottle and start bringing aged spirits to market. Adrian Panther of Panther Distillery in Osakis believes Minnesota’s […]

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 likes the idea of his brewery utilizing what is essentially a local hop. “The beer is basically […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 12–18

A fairly light week of live music in the Twin Cities this week, but there are still some diamonds to be found in the rough. Peter Wolf Crier | 7th Street Entry | Friday, November 13, 9pm Peter Wolf Crier’s self-released third album, “Plum Slump,” dropped earlier this fall. Not only does it deliver on […]

New Beer Alert: Lift Bridge’s The Warden Milk Stout

For a city whose history is inextricably linked to Minnesota’s first prison, it was only a matter of time until Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Company released a beer like their new seasonal, The Warden Milk Stout. The beer’s name and packaging harken back to the Minnesota Territorial Prison, which was established in 1853 before Minnesota’s statehood and operated […]

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 a brewer isn’t careful. Big Watt founders Jason Westplate and Lee Carter have come up with something to meld those loud […]

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 agriculture could come together. There, it was all about the grapes, but Holley felt he […]

Minnesota United FC to Call St. Paul Home

  After more than 20 years, Minnesota soccer is finally coming into the Twin Cities fold. At a press conference held today, Friday, October 23, at the Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota United FC team owner Bill McGuire and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced that Minnesota’s professional soccer team is getting a new stadium, […]

Dangerous Man debuts new ‘Growler Shop’

Since opening in 2013, Dangerous Man Brewing Company has been too popular to meet demand. They’ve hid it well by limiting growler sales to a handful per day in order to keep pint glasses full in the taproom, but all of that is about to be a thing of the past. This Sunday from 11am–6pm, […]

First Taste: Fair State’s Old Richmond Rye

Fair State Brewing Cooperative was making good use of their new cellar on Monday, hand filling their first oak barrel aged beer. Named Old Richmond Rye, it is a collaboration with 45th Parallel Distillery out of New Richmond, Wisconsin., and is an imperial brown ale aged in the distillery’s New Richmond Rye barrels. Filling bottles […]

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 Rocky Mountain highs. Beer drinkers and fellow brewers look to the GABF competition results as a barometer for which states are up-and-coming, which breweries should be on the radar, […]

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 landmark lakeside mansion built by her parents. Her nurse is also killed, bludgeoned with a candlestick. Investigators quickly identify two suspects with a classic motive: struggling financially, the suspects […]

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 round mosaic of woodwork designed to look like the brewery’s logo. Just as she’s getting settled, she suddenly stands up to go check on the coffee situation. None […]

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