Minnesota Spoon: Smoked brisket recipe from Thomas Boemer of Revival and Corner Table

The brisket hit the smoker at 8am. The whiskey was open by 11am. An early start is important. It’s well established that good barbecue should begin around dawn. It needs the better part of a day to drip, blacken, and break down into tender perfection. That’s why Thomas Boemer, chef at Revival and Corner Table, […]

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The Wide World of Beer: 15 of the world’s greatest food & beer destinations

One of the first dedicated temples of beer and food I ever visited, perhaps the first, didn’t even make the cut when I was compiling a list of 100 Great Beer & Food Destinations for my latest book, “The Beer & Food Companion.” It was In ‘t Spinnekopke, which I and a generation of early […]

The artful science of beer and food pairings

Taste begins with chemistry. Esters, phenols, aldehydes, linear-terpenes, ketones, lactones, thiols, and a host of other compounds lock into olfactory receptors, sending electric pulses through the olfactory bulb and into the inner sanctums of the brain. On the tongue, a different set of chemicals stimulate sensations of bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and umami. These stimuli—smell […]

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A Brewmaster’s Guide to Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

The turkey is in the fridge, the guest bedroom is clean, and the grocery list has been checked and double-checked. With the dinner menu set, it’s time to turn your attention to more important things: beer pairings to complement the bounty that is Thanksgiving dinner. While the spreads may vary from household to household, Thanksgiving […]

Meeting of the minds: How brewers & chefs team to create one-of-a-kind beer dinners

It’s just after lunch at Edina’s Pig & Fiddle and Summit head brewer Damian McConn is seated at the bar alongside Pig & Fiddle owner Mark Van Wie and executive chef Dylan Benkenstein. With samples of several Summit beers lined up in front of them and a lively, in-depth conversation about pairing options taking place, […]

A celebration of fermentation at GYST

A California-inspired concept has taken root a block from Eat Street Photos by James Eastman Yeast is a remarkable thing. It’s wild, temperamental, and unpredictable. Under the right circumstances, it creates some of the tastiest edibles on the planet—ones currently being gathered under the same roof in South Minneapolis. Gyst is an Old English word for […]

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First Taste: L’Etoile Du Nord

Olivier Vrambout is a bike-crazy Belgian with the most charming café in the St. Croix Valley Photos by Aaron Davidson Brown’s Creek State Trail is a brand-new six-mile bike path that extends the Gateway State Trail all the way from St. Paul to Stillwater. You might arrive in Stillwater after a long ride and be […]

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A Dad’s Guide to Parental Pairings

Meticulous planning, strategic execution, a highly controlled environment. A how-to for brewing beer? Nope: a guide to getting your kid to eat a piece of broccoli. I’m not breaking any new ground here when I say that being a parent is a big job—one that’s often as exhausting as it is rewarding. And just like […]

Minneapolis Cider Week is June 1–6

By the numbers, hard cider is the fastest-growing segment of the United States’ beer market. Seeing more than 70 percent growth each of the past two years and a market share that has grown fivefold in the past three years, hard cider is in the midst of a full-blown renaissance. Minneapolis Cider Week, an annual celebration of all things hard cider, […]

First Look: Surly’s Fine Dining Restaurant, Brewer’s Table

Photos by Aaron Davidson On Tuesday, Surly Brewing Company gave a preview of its fine dining restaurant, Brewer’s Table, located on the upper floor of its Minneapolis destination brewery. “We’ve been brewing since December; the taproom opened up, the beer hall downstairs; the garden’s kind of greening up, so that’s great,” recounted Surly Founder Omar Ansari. […]

No Gluten, No Problem

Nightingale and Sociable Cider Werks team up for a gluten-free spring dinner Photos by Ellen Burkhardt Gluten has surfaced as Public Enemy No. One in the nutrition world in recent years. From added allergy labels to full-out gluten-free restaurants, awareness of the pesky protein has grown immensely. That’s meant more (and better) dining options for […]

Brooks High brings a new take on Beer Battered Fish

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

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

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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Lowertown Low Down: Saint Dinette and More

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 […]