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 […]

Brew U: Educating the Next Generation of Brewers

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Normalizing higher education for craft beer brewers. Would you try to become an attorney without attending law school? Would you try your hand at brain surgery without first going to medical school? Would you expect to be hired by NASA without an aerospace degree? Of course not. So why is formal beer education regarded as […]

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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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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 […]

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

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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.

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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.

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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 […]