Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout Brownies for St. Paddy’s Day

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Celebrate your Irish heritage—and one of the year’s biggest beer holidays—without food coloring. Photos by Cali Owings Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Co. unveiled its seasonal Irish Coffee Stout and kicked off the month o’ green with a release party at its taproom in Stillwater on March 7th. Brewmaster Matt Hall said the inspiration for the […]

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Brooks High brings a new take on Beer Battered Fish

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It was a nail biter for Brett Drake and Pete Toft, but Brooks High Beer Battered hit their Kickstarter goal with roughly 24 hours to spare. With funding achieved, the next step is getting their craft beer-themed food truck up and running at taproom hotspots like Bauhaus Brew Labs and LynLake Brewery, which they aspire […]

Slay to Gourmet: Venison

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Story and Slay photos by Jon Wipfli Gourmet Photos by Matt Lien Driving through the silo-dotted Wisconsin landscape in the fall and early winter months is incredible. Fresh falling snow coats the roofs of the barns and blankets the harvested fields with a layer of pristine white, untouched by human activity. My destination is central […]

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Minnesota’s Food Identity, and the Many-Headed Problem of #grapegate

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Photos by Becca Dilley, Lake Superior Flavors Unpacking the New York Times’ “legitimately offensive decision.” First things first: A disclaimer. I have an unqualified love for New York City and the New York Times. I lived in Brooklyn for a glorious year and a half. Over that time period I fell in love with the place, […]

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In The Loop: Red Cow Restaurant and Bar

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By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy In just two years, Luke Shimp has grown a simple burger concept into a bona fide powerhouse chain. But how will the newest Red Cow fare in the star-studded North Loop? As the dining identity of the Twin Cities grows ever-more confident, it’s about time we made a […]

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Eat This Now! Shepard’s Pie and more at Half Time Rec

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When we hear that a dive bar intends to tidy up its act, we’re filled with trepidation. We’re attached to our destitute destinations because there’s a shiny, soulless bar with an “modern gastropub food concept” on every corner. Why ruin the character you didn’t clean for 20 years to build? Why slap lipstick on a pig […]

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 […]

Lowertown Low Down: Saint Dinette and More

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The Strip Club Meat & Fish Photos by Daniel Murphy Lowertown Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Everything about the space at 261 East Fifth Street in Lowertown St. Paul feels optimistic. The white walls ascend to high ceilings supported by three palatial columns—stoic symbols looking disused, aching for new life. Tall windows look across Wall Street […]

Slay to Gourmet: Wild Duck

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Hunting photos by Jon Wipfli Cooking photos by James Eastman Driving north through Wisconsin, my mind kept wandering through what the next couple of days would bring. Coming into this trip, I was hoping to stomp through the woods in search of grouse and woodcock, but with the forecast leaning towards overcast and rainy, I knew […]

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Tiny Diner Menu Change Celebrating San Francisco Fare—and Anchor Small Beer

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Restauranteur Kim Bartmann and her team have been a busy bunch these past few months. It wasn’t long ago we shared a sneak peak of Bartmann’s South Minneapolis farm-to-table restaurant, Tiny Diner. Since Tiny Diner opened in June, Kim and her staff have gone on to revamp the old Cafe Maude on Loring Park into […]

Food Meets Beer: 20 Under $2

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Photos by Daniel Murphy The small bites at Tongue In Cheek are both impressive and inexpensive. We run the menu and consider a few other great tastes on a skimpy budget. 1–12 Teasers at Tongue In Cheek It’s Thursday afternoon in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul and we’re on a mission to drink six […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Walleye Fish Tacos

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As the sun starts to hit the tree line, I can feel a noticeable change in the boat. Rod tips start to bounce more frequently, the bait cache is depleting more rapidly, and walleyes start to fill the live well. After a day of musky fishing with minimal action, it’s nice to end a warm […]

Wine Wednesday: Nibbling at Foreign Legion

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The things that make for a good wine bar often have very little to do with wine. That part, you expect they would have nailed down. But what about ambiance? Food? Entertainment? We’ve seen many a vino bar fall by the wayside for not thinking enough outside the glass. We think Foreign Legion has done the […]

Baba Savarin at Cossetta

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There was this place in Rome that made incredible rum sponge cake. I’m not sure if it’s still there, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t. The ancient woman working the counter was surly on a good day. It was tucked into an inconvenient alley, and each time I arrived, I was the […]