Sky-to-Pint Beer: Badger State Brewing Co. goes 100-percent wind powered

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Photos courtesy of Badger State Brewing The term “wind-powered brewery” conjures an image of old-timey windmills attached to giant steel tanks—Don Quixote meets 2015. Of course, that’s nowhere near how such conservation-minded breweries actually operate (although it’s fun to picture). Two places claim to be the first wind-powered brewery in the United States: New Belgium, […]

Community Hops Grows to New Heights

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As Tom LaPitz pushes a manual lawnmower around the edge of the Community Hops Longfellow garden, knocking down ankle-high grass and weeds, Bryce Larson pulls length after length of rough twine from a tangled pile and wraps each one into a neat figure eight. After the last length is tied, Larson makes a final count. […]

Community Pride, History and Really Big Brats

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How a small-town meat market set a world record and changed the face of its community Type “world record brat” into Google and staring back at you will be a 152-foot-9-inch brat from Prescott, Wisconsin. Known mostly for its placement along the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers and the constant rumble of […]

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 […]

Jim Morrison’s Sapsucker Farm and Yellow Belly Hard Cider

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For this farming couple, starting small led to success, one crop after another. One of Jim Morrison’s favorite memories from childhood involves apples. “I was sitting out in the woods one day,” he recalls, “and I remembered how when I was a kid my parents would occasionally bring home a one-gallon tub of fresh, unpasteurized […]

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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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Duluth Brewer’s Path Paved with Persistence, Powered by Pink Boots

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Though inroads have certainly been made in recent years, the craft beer industry is still a largely male-dominated landscape. Duluthian Ginga Newton is a brewer who has been struggling to break into the field. For a number of years, she has settled for jobs on its periphery, biding her time and waiting for an opening. […]

Winterfest Two-day Passes on Sale Now, Single Day Tickets on Sale Friday

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  Two-day ticket packs for Winterfest 2015, the Minnesota Brewers’ Guild’s annual winter celebration on Minnesota beer at St. Paul’s Union Depot, went on sale today at 12 p.m. Each pack is $135, plus a $12 service fee for online transactions, and includes admission for a single individual on both Winterfest days – February 27 and […]

Craft Culture: Traditional Snowshoes at Country Ways

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Photos by Daniel Murphy The week before meeting with us, Country Ways’ CEO Greg Wilcox was in northern Minnesota at the Winter Camping Symposium, an annual event dedicated to celebrating outdoor winter activities. During our conversation, he spoke enthusiastically about how much he enjoyed the event and not just because beer was provided by Bent […]

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Remembering Comedian and Actor Gus Lynch

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Last week, the Twin Cities comedy community lost one of its most talented up-and-coming performers when Gus Lynch passed away while on vacation with his family in Mexico. Officially, his cause of death was cardiac arrest that took place following injuries sustained while walking among ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. However, as his friend and […]

I AM…

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Photos by Angie Zapata, A Little Starlette Photography The Twin Cities are a known center of fashion, music, food, and beer. But it’s really the people behind the restaurants, breweries, bands, and trends who have shaped that culture here. These are the citizens of I AM MPLS! And I AM ST. PAUL! who will celebrate […]

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Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Winners 2014

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We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-of-a-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thanks […]

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3 Lowertown Developments to Watch in 2015

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Intrigued by Lowertown’s renaissance? Here are three big developments to watch in 2015. 1. Custom House • 180 E. Kellogg Blvd The former Eugene McCarthy Post Office distributed the bulk of St. Paul’s mail for nearly 80 years. Now, the Union Depot-adjacent building is set to feature 202 luxury apartments, a 150-room hotel and space for […]

Ordway Circle of Stars Annual Gala

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The Ordway’s Fall Fête will be an evening of food, drinks, merriment and dancing in a 1940’s holiday atmosphere. Proceeds from the Fête will benefit the Ordway’s education outreach programs, providing reduced ticket and bus subsidies for all K-12 schools. Schedule of Events 5pm – Honorary Chairs Reception with Bob and Pam Senkler 6pm – […]

Three Local Breweries Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer This October

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There are a lot of dubious awareness days, weeks, and months. Come March, are you really going to celebrate National Acupuncture Awareness Week, National Stationery Week, or National Skipping Day? (We understand if you want to give some love to September’s National Dog Day.)  What about National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month—both […]