Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to launch food truck

For four years, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub has been bringing people to South Minneapolis for handcrafted beer and well-smoked meats. But with dining space in the 80-person restaurant regularly maxed out, the business has been searching for a way to bring its food (and beer) to more people. Owner Jamie Robinson had been exploring options […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakeville Brewing Co.

“My dream has always been to open a restaurant, and about a year ago my dream became to open a brewpub,” explains Glen Bruestle, one of four owners at Lakeville Brewing Company, set to open June 13. Bruestle and his wife Kate were looking for a building to house their restaurant plans, and ended up […]

Iowa “cocktail room” bill advances out of committee

You can buy alcohol on Sundays in a grocery store in Iowa, but there are still some liquor laws in the Hawkeye state that are a little behind the times. That, however, may soon change. HSB 547 would finally make it legal for Iowa microdistilleries to pour cocktails on site. It passed the state government committee in […]

The increasingly blurry line between brewpubs and breweries

Brewpubs and breweries both have “brew” in their titles and both places serve beer; and that’s largely where the similarities between the two business models end—or at least where they used to. Brewpubs and breweries are separate entities, each with its own definition and set of possibilities and limitations, and each offering owners very different business opportunities. However, the legislation passed in […]

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Get to know a brewer: Braden Wages of Dallas’ Malai Kitchen

When Braden and Yasmin Wages, co-owners of Malai Kitchen in Dallas, Texas, stumbled upon a unique beer in Vietnam while on one of their annual research trips, they wanted to bring it back to their restaurant. The only problem? No American brewers were making it. So they did what any industrious restauranteur would do: started […]

Cap’s Grille in south Minneapolis to rebuild, become brewpub

Cap’s Grille, a longtime south Minneapolis restaurant and BBQ joint, is planning to become a brewpub when it rebuilds at its current location next year. According to a Facebook post, Cap’s Grille has been working on the plan for the past two years. The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association is hosting an open house tonight, Dec. 16, […]

The State of Craft Beer: 5 Things to Watch in 2015

The Brewers Association’s (BA) annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America wrapped up last week in Portland. The conference brought 600 exhibitors, vendors from 11 countries, and more than 11,000 attendees to the Oregon Convention Center, all there to discuss and learn more about the wonderful world of craft beer. During the conference, the […]

Barley John’s Brew Pub Breaks Ground on New Production Facility in Western Wisconsin

On the heels of winning their third straight Great Snowshoe Award at Winterfest last week comes news that Barley John’s Brew Pub is expanding its operation, adding a production brewery and taproom. Exciting news, yes. Not as exciting for local fans of Barley John’s: the new facility is being built across the river—not the Mississippi, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale

Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 55 Opened in 1983, Mendocino is hailed as the first California Brewpub to open their doors since Prohibition. Three decades later Mendocino celebrates by bottling three different ales to commensurate their 30-year anniversary, paying homage to what is near and dear to many breweries—the illustrious hop. This Limited Edition […]

Rye Pale Ale at the Herkimer in Minneapolis

Straight from the Source visits a Minneapolis institution. By Doug Hoverson Photo courtesy of The Herkimer It’s been a successful neighborhood bar—and a popular Packer bar during football games. Minnesota’s fifth-oldest brewpub has developed along the lines founder Blake Richardson set back in 1999. However, one part of the founding vision may have kept The […]