Straight from the Source: Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub


By Doug Hoverson When taprooms began to spring up all over the state, some wondered if the brewpub model was obsolete. Why bother with all the expense of setting up a kitchen and running a restaurant when you can just serve beer? With Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub, the reason is as clear as the glass expanse [...]

Food Meets Beer: The Rabbit Hole


By John Garland, The Heavy Table Photos by Daniel Murphy L.A. transplant Thomas Kim has energized Midtown Global Market by giving Midwest staples a cheeky Korean glance. We get lost in decadent burgers and a carnitas cocktail as we tumble down The Rabbit Hole. Thomas Kim stands at the grill painting the flesh of a [...]

Red Cow pairs beers and beef from Oskar Blues

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UPDATED The inaugural tapping of Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale at Red Cow in Minneapolis won’t just be an opportunity to try one of Minnesota’s newest beer arrivals, but a chance to pair it with grass-fed, all-natural Angus beef straight from the brewery’s farm located in Colorado, Hops & Heifers. Red Cow, located on 50th and [...]

Live Beats and Good Eats in Minnesota


By Brian Kaufenberg Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 W 6th St, St Paul  Each night, the Amsterdam Bar & Hall’s three “X”s shine out onto 6th Street in St. Paul, calling to Twin Citizens who have long written off the nightlife in the downtown area. For those who are wise enough to heed the call, [...]

Minnesota’s Brewpubs: Where Fresh Craft Beer Meets its Culinary Match


Where fresh craft beer meets its culinary match By Doug Hoverson  As the United States emerged from Prohibition, lawmakers sought to make sure that the close economic links between brewers and saloons, and the political and moral corruption that sometimes resulted, would not be reproduced in the new era. The three-tier system separated the manufacturer [...]

Breakfast Meets Beer


The tail end of winter is the perfect time to indulge in a splendid taboo. A beer. On a weekday. Before noon. Here’s where to make it happen and what to eat with it. By John Garland, The Heavy Table You reluctantly wake up and fumble for your alarm clock. There’s a thick layer of [...]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Winners 2013


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 November 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. Thank [...]

Food Meets Beer: The Sample Room


By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy Eleven years ago, The Sample Room began serving a “small plates” menu before it was trendy. Now, a former sous chef returns to make his mark on the ever-evolving Northeast barroom. A century ago, the Gluek Brewery occupied three acres of riverfront land in Northeast Minneapolis. The north [...]

Birchwood Cafe Celebrates 18th Anniversary, Announces Expansion Plan


Birchwood Cafe, a popular Seward neighborhood hangout, is hosting an anniversary party on October 27th from 5PM to 9PM at the restaurant.  The party is not only celebrating Birchwood’s 18 years as a successful, community-conscious business, but also to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a planned expansion.  As Birchwood owner Tracy Singleton [...]

Charcuterie Plates and Ginger Panna Cotta at the Grand Cafe


Food Meets Beer gets busy at The Grand Cafe By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy The Grand Café in Southwest Minneapolis has a reputation for quiet elegance and fantastic brunch. A stunning meat program and more craft beer are now making it more accessible for everyday eating. Ask your favorite foodie where the best [...]

MN Beer Events Calendar, October-November 2013 Edition

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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 [...]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Chicago


The Growler wonders what’s brewing in the City of Big Shoulders. By Anthony Cefali The first half of the 1900s formed Chicago, the City of Big Shoulders, as we know it today. After recovering from the Chicago Fire of 1876, Chicago maintained its place as the second largest city in the United States through two [...]

Remmler’s Royal Brew from Red Wing Brewing Company


 Straight from the Source visits Red Wing’s Eponymous Brewery By Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters As the craft beer movement rescues more styles from the dump bucket of history, it is natural for drinkers to wonder what beers of the past really tasted like. To satisfy this curiosity, a number of brewers [...]

Wings and Beer


Food Meets Beer: A Classic Pairing by John Garland of the Heavy Table The lowly chicken wing could be the most mistreated appetizer of them all. Let’s discuss the very nature of the meal, find some bars that give this classic the respect it deserves, and consider the right craft beers to wash those Buffalo [...]

MN Beer Events Calendar, August-September Edition

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Everything You Need to Know for the Next Two Months August 8 Lagunitas Beer Dinner Pig & Fiddle // 3850 West 50th Street, Minneapolis // $50 Pig & Fiddle will provide the proverbial munchies for a beer dinner paired with the buzzworthy brews from Lagunitas on August 8th. Expect expertly-prepared dishes that compliment such beers [...]