Ordway Circle of Stars Annual Gala


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 [...]

Books & Bars: Jeff Kamin’s band of beer lovers and bibliophiles

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Spare time is a luxury, isn’t it? You have to work from 8am to 5pm, swing by the grocery store on the way home, walk the dog, cook up some Hamburger Helper, spend some quality time with your one-and-only, help your old man with his iPhone, again, shovel the driveway or mow the lawn—depending on [...]

Comedy vs. “The Man”: How a Minnesotan comedy club fought City Hall and won


On any given evening, it’s easy to find amazing comedy in bars, restaurants, and taprooms all over Minneapolis. Whether it’s the Monday Night Comedy Show at Spring Street Tavern, open mic night at Campus Pizza on Wednesdays, or the recently launched Comedy Night at Sisyphus Brewing, the wealth of options for live comedy is one [...]

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


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” [...]

Drinking Buddies

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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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Chipotle’s Cultivate Celebrates Sustainable Food, Live Music, and Local Beer

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When you think of brands that host hip outdoor events, names like Red Bull and New Belgium Brewing may spring to mind. Chipotle, on the other hand, probably does not—at least not yet. It may not have featured the extreme sports of Red Bull Crashed Ice or the gonzo atmosphere of New Belgium’s Tour de [...]

Grrrowlers of the Month presented by Secondhand Hounds and 612Brew

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612Brew is set to host a fundraiser for Secondhand Hounds, an organization that provides safe shelter, proper veterinary care and daily necessities for animals at risk, while working hard to find each a permanent, loving home! In preparation for their big fundraising event on September 2, we are proudly presenting for the first time three Grrrowlers of [...]

The Greatest Beer Destinations in the U.S.


This edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops hits the high points of the American beer scene. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. This issue I am going to talk about some of the best communities in the U.S. to drink craft beer. Most of my adult life [...]

Memories of Midway Stadium

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The crack of the bat on a warm, mid-summer day is a familiar sound along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.America’s favorite pastime has historical roots in the beautiful capital city of Minnesota—particularly in the part of town known as The Midway—about halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis. After two iterations of the stadium and multiple [...]

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New Faces in Historic Spaces

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The Old and New of Minnesota’s Iconic Breweries By David Sandager After years of standing vacant, Minnesota breweries of yesteryear are enjoying a renaissance. For close to a century the names Hamm’s, Schmidt, and Grain Belt were synonymous with beer in Minnesota, and their histories are inextricably linked to the rise and fall of a [...]

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20 Years in Craft Beer


Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops offers a master brewer’s reflections on a two-decade career in craft beer. By Dave Hoops Greetings! I’m Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, MN. This issue I’m going to talk about the amazing ride I’ve enjoyed over two decades as a maker of beer. I began my [...]

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Funny Business: Minnesota’s Stand-Up Scene Gets Serious


By Patrick Strait Photos by Aaron Davidson On a Thursday afternoon at Acme Comedy Company, four of Minnesota’s funniest homegrown comedians—Cy Amundson, Andy Erikson, Bryan Miller, and Steve Gillespie—sit around having lunch, checking Twitter, and exchanging road stories about gigs gone horribly wrong. Later the same evening, a sold-out crowd of nearly 300 will pack [...]

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Minnesota public access bicycle repair with Bike Fixtation


A Minnesota company unchains bikers from the service shop ecosystem. By Patrick Stephenson Imagine this. You’re out on a bicycle ride and, horror of horrors, you hear the telltale gush of air from your tire’s tube. KKSSHHHHH. But on this ride, you aren’t prepared for a flat. You left the tubes, levers, and air pump [...]

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NE Brewers’ Block Party at Sociable, July 27th

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By John Garland In food meets beer meets music news, Sociable Cider Werks announced yesterday a Northeast Brewers’ Block Party to be held outside their cidery at 1500 Fillmore St. NE. The free event will happen Sunday, July 27th from 2pm-9pm, and will feature entertainment by Enemy Planes, Whiskey Jeff and The Beer Back Band, [...]