Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and The Barley

'Quest' barley, released in 2010 by the U of MN, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. First U of M barley with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight resistance.  A spring, 6-rowed malting barley known before release as M-122.  University of Minnesota, MAES project #13-30, "Barley Improvement and Genetics," principal investigator: Kevin Paul Smith.





The Minnesota of the future will look very different from today. So, too, will the future of Minnesota beer. Photos by David Hansen, University of Minnesota In January 2015, the United Kingdom’s Hadley Center for Climate, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held press conferences—all in the same week—to declare 2014 the […]

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The North… Or Not?

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What began as a quiet conversation about Minnesota’s regional identity has, of late, morphed into a full-blown wedge issue with dedicated and vocal followings on both sides. Does “The Midwest” fully encapsulate who we are or is it time to cut ties and strike out on our own as “The North?” Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak […]

The North is Rising: Minnesota United FC’s Quest for a Home of Their Own

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On some summer Saturdays, in the windswept city of Blaine, you’ll find hundreds of Minnesota’s most patriotic citizens gathered. Together, they stand and sing hymns to their state: From the land of sky blue waters, From the land of pines, lofty balsams… The old Hamm’s advertising song, with slight edits, is among the repertoire of […]

Craft Culture: Handmade Canoe Paddles by Sanborn

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Photos by Barbara O’Brien Photography County Road 7 bisects Pickwick, Minnesota, before reaching a “T” at Little Trout Valley Road and Lake La Belle. Pickwick, named for an early Charles Dickens novel, feels quaint, lingering in the past. Holsteins graze on a front lawn. A father and his sons mend a barbed-wire fence running out […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Wild Turkey

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Field photos by Jon Wipfli, recipe photos by Matt Lien Plain and simple, I love to turkey hunt. It’s the time of year when I get my first taste of spring, and waking up an hour before the sunrise is also something I look forward to. The temperatures are finally rising, ramps are exploding all […]

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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 […]

The Minnesota Brewer: Pitching Yeast with Twins Closer Glen Perkins in the Offseason

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Photos by Brace Hemmelgarn, Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins’s newfound hobby has him pitching more than just baseballs in the offseason. Beer and baseball are an iconic pairing—and it’s not just enjoyed in the bleachers. Twins all-star closer Glen Perkins, a longtime beer fan, took that pairing a step further this offseason when he discovered the joys […]

MN Brewery Running Series Announces 2015 Schedule

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Out of the dozens of serious and casual runners in my group of friends, there’s something I’ve noticed they have in common—every one of them loves beer. It may be coincidence, but with scientific studies pointing to beer as a superior post-run beverage to water, the recent record-setting sub-5 minute beer mile, and a running store in Colorado […]

National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

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50campfires is the camping authority with camping tips, recipes, gear reviews & more! Visit for more content about the great outdoors. Illustration by David Witt How many National Parks can you name? Be honest. We’re guessing the answer isn’t all 58. The marquee parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone seem to get all the […]

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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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Chasing the Beer Scene in Eastern Wisconsin

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Eastern Wisconsin is a land of opportunity for the beer traveler. Exploring this region can make for a memorable long weekend or even inspire multiple return visits to experience the seasonal brews throughout the year. There are incredible vistas, winding ‘coastal’ roads, historic towns, and some of the most distinctive local cuisine including unforgettable Wisconsin […]

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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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DIY: How to build and play your own Kubb set

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The game of Kubb (pronounced koob) is an increasingly popular lawn game said to have originated over 1,000 years ago in Scandinavia. Though the game is as simple as tossing wood dowels to knock over wood blocks, kubb—also known as Viking Chess—is the type of game that can change even the most mild-mannered person into […]

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Winners Announced for Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition

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Mankato Brewery takes top honors at the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness first-ever Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition. Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, “to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes.” Last night, that monumental piece of environmental […]

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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