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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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 […]

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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New Orleans Crawfish Boil by Chef Andrew Gerson

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Dinner on the Farm Presents a Farm to Table recipe from Chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery, who’s in town from August 9-16 for Brooklyn Brewery’s Mash Tour. Photos by Jeromy Reaux The crawfish boil is a distillation of New Orleans culture and the slow simmering essence of summer. Meaty crawfish slow cook in a […]

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Memories of Midway Stadium

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The crack of the bat on a warm, mid-summer day is a familiar sound along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.America’s favorite pastime has historical roots in the beautiful capital city of Minnesota—particularly in the part of town known as The Midway—about halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis. After two iterations of the stadium and multiple […]

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Boat Beers: Going with the Flow

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Beer and boating: A winning combination (in moderation, of course.) Story and Photos by Michael Dawson and Greg Fitz Casting a fly calls for smoothness and precise timing. Casting a fly from a drift boat moving downriver adds coordination (don’t stand on your slack line, bro) and teamwork (row me closer to that timber pile, bro) to […]

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The Future of Beer, Baseball, and Economic Development

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by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Renderings courtesy City of Saint Paul For the past 20 years, the St. Paul Saints have built their unique brand at Midway Stadium, complete with a nun who gives massages in the outfield and mimes who perform instant replays. And in less than a year, the successor of Colboar—the […]

Grow Your Own: Beer Ingredients in the Backyard

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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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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The Midwest Craft Beer Camping Road Trip

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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 […]

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