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 [...]

Destination Beer: Bend, Oregon


Bend, Oregon = Highest Brewery per Capita in USA + 463” of Snow Annually From “Among cities in beer-crazy Oregon, Bend now has the most craft breweries per capita. Some locals have started calling this ‘Beer City USA.’ More breweries are opening soon.” – Seattle Times Bend, Oregon has 17 breweries, one great ski resort (Mt. Bachelor), [...]

Chasing the Beer Scene: Canada


It was about time for Chasing the Beer Scene to head north of the border…eh? By Jake Lewis If there’s one thing Canadians drink more than anything else, it’s beer. Wine and spirits can’t touch beer in terms of dollars sold. Canada has just passed its thirtieth anniversary for brewing craft beer and is making [...]

Explore the Winter Landscape on Two Wheels

Winter Biking Explore Minnesota

Courtesy of Explore Minnesota Just because the snow is falling doesn’t mean it’s time to put your bike away until spring. In Minnesota, many paved trails and mountain biking areas welcome riders year-round. Here’s what you need to know to keep riding all winter long. [Read the full story on Explore Minnesota’s website]

Mead and Memories at Winehaven Winery


At Winehaven, Mead Lives On By Jeremy Zoss Photos courtesy of Winehaven Winery & Vineyard Beer is an ancient creation, credited with playing a role in the formation of civilization itself and creating countless sparks of inspiration over many thousands of years. But just as your brilliant brainstorm at the bar last weekend was preceded [...]

Fermentation Fest: A Live Culture Convergence

Fermentation Fest Featured Image

Profiling a funky festival that’s not just about beer. by Liz Scholz This October in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, from the 4th to the 13th, there’s some fun fermenting. The Wormfarm Institute, a non-profit focusing on the intersection of sustainable farming and the arts, is putting on the third annual Fermentation Festival. “A Live Culture Convergence,” the [...]

MN Beer Events Calendar, October-November 2013 Edition

Third Thursday

Your Guide to Twin Cities Beer — and Fun — for the Next two Months   October 2 “Meet the Brewer” with Badger Hill Zeke’s Unchained Animal || 3508 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis 55406 || 6 – 7 p.m. These newcomers to the South Minneapolis bar and beer scene are teaming up to have brewers [...]