Opinion: Why I spent a weekend brewing with just women

I am familiar with mansplaining. I am a woman and haven’t spent thirty-something years living under a rock. But I have never experienced the phenomenon with such frequency until I started working in the craft brew industry. I’ve bought homes, spent a decade in academia, and a summer working landscaping gigs on construction sites, and […]

Crap Beer: Slipping standards & lack of quality control threaten the industry

Let’s just put it out there: There’s a lot of bad beer being made these days. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of good beer as well—even some great beer. The rapid expansion of small breweries has brought with it a new breed of innovative brewers cranking out finely tuned beers of all shapes […]

The Vexing World of Music Awards and Best-Of Lists

Receiving his Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV VMAs, Kanye West gave one of the most deeply ambiguous (and confusing) acceptance speeches of any awards show in recent memory. Among the many topics Kanye touched on—including his supposedly planned presidential run—was the contrived injustice of awards shows generally. “I still don’t understand awards shows,” […]

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 […]

The North… Or Not?

What began as a quiet conversation about Minnesota’s regional identity has, of late, morphed into a full-blown wedge issue with dedicated and vocal followings on both sides. Does “The Midwest” fully encapsulate who we are or is it time to cut ties and strike out on our own as “The North?” Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak […]

The 7 Most Annoying Things Beer Snobs Say

The crazy rise in the popularity of beer has brought with it an increase of beer snobbery. It’s not a new phenomenon. Beer snobs have been there all along. But as more and more people get caught up in the frenzy, the level of puffery has definitely inflated. In part it’s just a numbers game. […]

Serial Drinking: The Journey, or the Destination?

By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint “I just reached an important milestone!” exclaimed my friend as I entered the room. Her enthusiasm made me ask the question. “Wow. What milestone?” “I just passed 1,000 unique beers on Untappd.” Really? I thought, as I offered my congratulations. Getting married, graduating college, a major career advancement, having […]

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