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 […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 8–14

From a supergroup made up of Scottish rockers and a beloved American cult band, to a pair of young shoegaze rock bands, a brewery blowout and one of the hottest dance acts of the last couple years, the fall concert season is showing no signs of slowing down. Here are four shows not to miss […]

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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First Taste: Oude Funk by Boom Island Brewery

It is a bold move for a startup brewery to brew a blended Geueze Lambic. First, it requires patience, since the style’s brewing process takes at least three years. Second, it requires knowledge of blending techniques rarely seen outside of Belgium. Third, it requires valuable fermentation space. As in quantum physics, no two beers can […]

Your guide to Oktoberfest 2015

When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese in 1810, he probably had no idea he was starting what would become the world’s biggest annual beer festival. Oktoberfest is a German tradition that has—not surprisingly—established solid roots here in Minnesota. Today, it’s not hard to find […]

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Pink Boots MN panel sparks discussion on women in beer

Craft beer is a social drink and a beverage of celebration—and it was in that spirit of camaraderie and celebration that The Herkimer hosted the “Women in Beer” panel on Thursday, September 17, as a kickoff event for the Minnesota chapter of the Pink Boots Society. Pink Boots Society is a nationwide group dedicated to […]

Brewers Association’s Paul Gatza on AB InBev–SABMiller Mega-Deal & what it means for craft beer

The beer world shook with the September 16th announcement that brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev was weighing financing options for a takeover of fellow behemoth SABMiller. Rumors and speculation about such a merger have swirled since at least 2008, when St. Louis based Anheuser-Busch was purchased by the Belgian-based InBev in a hostile takeover. This time though, […]

Firefighters and breweries bring warmth to kids in Minnesota one coat at a time

It’s almost unfathomable to consider enduring a Minnesota winter without a thick, warm, well-made, secure winter jacket. But thousands of people find themselves facing the harsh winds and biting temperatures each year without a coat to protect them. Many of those individuals are children. Operation Warm was founded in 2002 with the goal of serving […]

Ferran Adrià at Mia: “A Broader Way of Thinking”

A world-renowned Spanish chef has submitted his notes and sketches for an art exhibit. Except that the exhibit is not really about food, and it’s also not exactly art—which all seems perfect for a chef whose work disdains the status quo. Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity is open now through January 3, 2016 in the Target Wing […]

Major ownership, brewer changes at Fitger’s Brewhouse

A lot has changed in the beer world since Tim Nelson and Rod Raymond opened Fitger’s Brewhouse in 1995 as one of only four breweries operating in the state of Minnesota. Today some big changes for the Duluth brewpub were announced. Nelson is selling his interests in the business to Raymond and head brewer Dave Hoops is […]

The ‘burbs at the Bash: A Q&A with The Suburbs’ Chan Poling

This Saturday, The Suburbs are coming to a backyard near you. Summit Brewing Company’s Backyard Bash, a celebration of the brewery’s 29th anniversary, will feature live music from The Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Toki Wright & Big Cats (featuring Lydia Liza), Al Church, and Black Market Brass, and will raise funds for the non-profit Minnesota Music […]

Brewer Profile: Keigan Knee of Modist Brewing

Photos by Aaron Davidson The pounding of hammers on sheet metal echoes throughout a cavernous warehouse in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. The place is more or less deserted. A couple guys skateboard across the concrete floor, swiftly crisscrossing the 18,000-square-foot space. A pile of tools fills the corner next to a makeshift kitchen—a microwave balancing […]

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Craft Cocktail: Martinus & The Cold Beggar at Constantine

Photos by James Eastman With so many new craft cocktail bars opening, truly new drink experiences are growing fewer and further between. But swirling a slice of fish through a drink and enjoying it, well, that’s a new one for us. “The Minnesota martini—that’s what I’m going for,” says Jourdán Gomez, head bartender at Constantine. […]