Grow Your Own: Beer Ingredients in the Backyard


There’s still time to get growing on your own Homebrewer’s Garden. By Laura Schwarz Simple gardening is kind of a gateway drug. You start by planting a few flowers to improve your mood after winter. You add vegetables and herbs. Next, you find yourself interested in fruit trees and shrubs. Pretty soon, you have more [...]

GermanFest Brings the Historic Schmidt Brewery to Life on June 20–22

GermanFest at the Schmidt Brewery

The Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company site, that conspicuous, Germanic cluster of 19th-century industrial buildings sandwiched between West 7th Street, James Avenue and Shepard Road, has been through a lot of changes over the past 160 years. Built in 1855 as Cave Brewery—”German immigrants were brewing beer there before Minnesota even became a state,” says local [...]

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 [...]

The Midwest Craft Beer Camping Road Trip

Midwest Craft Beer Camping Road Trip Featured Image

Presented by 50 Campfires If you’re looking for an epic camping road trip, we have it all lined up for you. Camping and a Craft Beer tour, what could be better than that?! Some of the best breweries in the country are right here in the Midwest, along with some spectacular camping locations. If you’re [...]

Fish T’Ales – 2014 Minnesota Fishing Opener Guide

Photo courtesy Explore Minnesota

By Mitch Petrie Spring is finally in the air with it comes the annual tradition of Minnesota Fishing Opener. In recent years the debate has centered on whether or not our preferred fishing destinations will have open water by opening day. After an epic winter it looks like Mother Nature will relent and allow most [...]

Get Outfitted: Two Outdoor Expos in the Twin Cities this weekend prepare you for summer

Outdoor Expo

By Adam Folk           The Twin Cities Metro is hosting two outdoor expos this weekend, leaving residents few excuses not to pick up a new Mountain Hardware tent, Dagger kayak, or maybe just a pair of new bike tires so they’re ready for the hot weather that’s surely (fingers crossed) ahead. [...]

NorthWest Canoe: Building Beautiful Boats in St. Paul’s Lowertown


By Jeremy Zoss There has always been a good deal of symbolism tied to the canoe. The Canadians have long considered it a symbol of their national identity. In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, the canoe represents a link to cultural traditions. Canoes grace the tap handles of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company beers. On NBC’s Parks [...]

Turn of the Seasons at Dave’s BrewFarm


An idyllic farmhouse brewery in our own backyard. By Matt Wallace Photos by Aaron Davidson Many people in the craft beer industry daydream of Belgium and Germany—far off lands that are rustic and peaceful, where the beer is brewed well in small and out of the way places, where a quiet can settle in, letting [...]

30 Days of Biking

Made the Pledge

By Patrick Stephenson In March 2010, during an especially balmy and bright Minneapolis spring, best friends Patrick Stephenson (yours truly) and Zachariah Schaap co-founded a Social Media Beast named 30 Days of Biking. The premise of 30 Days of Biking was beautifully simple: Pledge to bike every day in April, 1–30, no matter the weather, [...]

Canoe the Boundary Waters: Explore Minnesota’s Wilderness Wonderland


By Christopher Ferguson The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is the pride and joy of Minnesota. We brag about it. We tell stories of how many miles in the BWCA we’ve canoed or the trip we took up there with a youth group. In these few paragraphs, I’d like to help you with your first trip. [...]

The Great Outdoors…With Beer


Dave Hoops dishes on his favorite places in northern Minnesota. By Dave Hoops  In this issue I am going to talk about some of my favorite places in northern Minnesota to hike, bike, camp, relax, swim, and of course enjoy a great beer. In 2006, the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan showed a staggering 11,862 [...]

Spring Training Through the Eyes of One Beer Holder


Taking a deserved spring break trip to the Twins’ proving grounds. By John Bonnes Photos by Brace Hemmelgarn / Minnesota Twins “Just how much would you pay to walk out that front door right now and have it be 80 degrees and sunny?” The answer to that question was considerably more than the $400 it [...]

Brrr Dabbler Winter Carnival Recap

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Recap

By Doug Hoverson A true test of Minnesota heartiness — The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2014 was an extreme example of what makes Minnesota great. Even as the weather forecast for the weekend became ominously cold, the last few tickets for the bigger, broader Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival sold out. Apparently local craft beer lovers [...]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Colorado


Ska Brewing, Million Dollar Roads, and the South Park Valley Adventure. By Matt Sandy Not so long ago, beer drinkers and outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado were pretty much limited to “Banquet beer” and rear-entry ski boots when it came to imbibing and out-of-the-house hobbies. These days though, both scenes have exploded with a myriad of [...]

What’s Brewing at Mighty Axe Hops?

Mighty Axe Hops

By Grace Sell Mighty Axe Hops Hub is growing, signaling a bright future for locally grown hops in Minnesota. University of Minnesota graduate Eric Sannerud began his journey to hops during college when he connected with future Mighty Axe Hops Hub partners Ben Boo and Brian Krohn. From there he began a vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on [...]