How can you help turn beer into food for the hungry? Drink FINNEGANS.

FINNEGANS Beer

There are hundreds of breweries in the country whose business plan include a charitable component — giving away a percentage of profits to support their community. But FINNEGANS is the only beer company we know that gives 100% of their profits back to the communities that buy their beer. Founded in 2000 by “rambunctious social entrepreneur” [...]

Eat This Now! Miso Cod at Verdant Tea

Verdant Tea

The Verdant Tea house has developed a reputation for unique flavor. Their product approach seems ever-refreshing and their new food menu looks to continue the tradition. Obviously, their success began with the direct importation of Chinese tea from small family estates. Then, Sweet Science Ice Cream took up residence. After that began a program of [...]

Schell’s Noble Star #4: Black Forest Cherry

Schell's Black Forest Cherry

The fourth interpretation in Schell’s Berliner weisse series has landed. If you’re not yet in the mood for changing leaves and sweater weather, you will be now. The malty base beer for Schell’s Black Forest Cherry was aged for a full year in large cypress lagering tanks. Then came the addition of a couple tons [...]

The Mill: Global Microbrews, State Fair and More

The Mill August 26 2014

The Mill is getting together. This time around, we’re skipping the fried-on-a-stick, and declaring it a banner year for ice cream and beer. And beer ice cream. And pretzel curds.  Events: State Fair goers should make sure to check the schedule for seminars at the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit. Northgate Liquors in Blaine is hosting [...]

UPDATE: Barley John’s Brew Pub Breaks Ground on New Production Facility in Western Wisconsin

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By Megan Parker, @mnhockeyfan  [READ TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE FOR UPDATES FROM BARLEY JOHN'S] On the heels of winning their third straight Great Snowshoe Award at Winterfest last week comes news that Barley John’s Brew Pub is expanding its operation, adding a production brewery and taproom.  Exciting news, yes.  Not as exciting for [...]

Drinking Buddies

Empty Beer

From beer stores to bars to dog-friendly events—a rundown of the best places in the Twin Cities for drinking with your dog. Being man’s best friend in this era is a tall order. Not only do our dogs have to snuggle up in our beds and chomp down on gourmet biscuits, but they also have [...]

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First Look: J. Carver Distillery

J Carver Distillery

A massive distillery is coming together in an old car dealership off Highway 5 in Waconia. We stopped by J. Carver Distillery for a first look at an operation that will make a substantial push into the local spirits market. “We really wanted to do this in Waconia,” says owner/operator Bill Miller, “It’s right on [...]

Thoughts on the 2014 Int’l Cold Climate Wine Competition

Cold Climate Wine

Judging the International Cold Climate Wine Competition always gives me a nice baseline to gauge the state of the local wine industry. Herein, a few thoughts on local wine following the 2014 competition: 1. Dry Whites are improving: The Achilles heel for the cold climate wine industry has been development of a white grape that’s well [...]

The Growler’s Minnesota State Fair Bingo 2014

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The Growler is headed to the Minnesota State Fair. What’s that? You are too! Be sure to play our State Fair Bingo game for your chance to win the Grand Prize of Two (2) Tickets to the Summer Beer Dabbler at Midway Stadium on September 6.  Here’s how to play: 1.) Download a Bingo Card [...]

Indeed Update: Tallboys, Sours and More

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The good folks at Indeed Brewing have been busy as of late. A few news items from the Northeast brewers: Sweet Yamma Jamma - The sweet potato ale is back, and headed for the Thanksgiving table. Four restaurants in the Kim Bartmann empire: Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, and Red Stag Supper Club will [...]

DuNord Craft Spirits Releases Fitzgerald Gin

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Gin drinkers of Minnesota, rejoice. The new golden age of juniper spirits is only getting better. This week, DuNord Craft Spirits will become the fifth Minnesota microdistillery to release a gin. Fitzgerald Gin will hit retail shelves on Friday, and will evolve for the first year of its lifetime. ”We’re hoping to produce two to four [...]

The Mill: State Fair, Third Bird and other Big Deals

Kitchen, Third Bird

The Mill is ready to get together. And we’ll bring you complete coverage on Thursday’s coming chaos in St. Paul. In the meantime, tell us who is the best in local beer: submit your nominations for Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal 2014. Yesterday’s News: Bent Brewstillery will re-open their taproom this Thursday, August 21st beginning at 2pm. Check out [...]

Sneak Peek: The Third Bird

Polenta at The Third Bird

“Kim has vision for a space, injects an energy, and puts the right people in the right place like nobody I’ve ever seen before,” claims Lucas Almendinger. He’s the chef at the helm of Kim Bartmann’s newest project, The Third Bird, and the evidence is all around him. During the first soft-open lunch last Wednesday, [...]

Lucette Brewing set for brewery expansion, release of new canned beer

Photo courtesy of Lucette Brewing

Lucette Brewing of Menomonie, Wisconsin, announced today its plans to expand its brewing facility by connecting the two current buildings on the property, adding a 57,000 lbs grain silo, and additional fermenters. The move will increase the brewery’s efficiency, capacity, and overall  experience for visitors—not to mention the creation of several new jobs. The expansion [...]

Urban Growler on Grand Opening, Carnitas, and more

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Urban Growler Brewing Co. has announced an official grand opening. On Wednesday, August 27th, they’ll host Mayor Coleman, plus live music on the patio, special beers, giveaways and more. We caught up with Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak (second and third from left, respectively) to get the details. Current Taproom Hours: Urban Growler has been soft [...]