Drink

Now Open: Karst Brewing Co.

When Eric Luoma and his wife Sandra Seha-Luoma heard about a building for sale in Fountain, Minnesota, halfway between Rochester and Decorah, Iowa, … [Read more]

Wisconsin breweries and wineries on guard after proposal to ban direct sales revealed

As the negotiations over the Wisconsin state budget continues this week, a memo obtained by a conservative group has the Badger State's microbreweries … [Read more]

South Minneapolis getting new neighborhood watering hole in Venn Brewing Company

Connie and Kyle Sisco have signed a lease, and construction has begun on Venn Brewing Company, a brewery and taproom in South Minneapolis that they … [Read more]

Bug Hunters: Bootleg Biology is collecting and cataloging the world’s wild yeast

Mitch Ermatinger wanted a truly unique brewery. He wanted Speciation Artisan Ales to showcase what he knows best—spontaneous sour beers and wild … [Read more]

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Food

Flavor Faves: The science behind our favorite food pairings

Peruse the menu at any upscale eatery, and you expect to see suggested wines or beers listed alongside the house specialties. Some restaurants cut … [Read more]

Recipe: Roasted Duck with Duck Stock and Cracklins

Roasted Duck with Duck Stock and Cracklins This month, Minnesota Spoon writer Steve Hoffman witnessed what happens when the gastronomical mad … [Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: Travail cooks traditional with Bob Gerken, James Winberg, and Mike Brown

So they arrived, the guys from Travail Kitchen & Amusements. Or rather two of the three guys. The third guy might swing by later. The two … [Read more]

Plate of the Week: Union Kitchen’s ‘w/Purple Sticky Rice’

First, the colors. A massive mound of purple sticky rice. On either side, cups of red Tiger Bite sauce and green scallion sauce. An orange tangle of … [Read more]

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Arts & Culture

Two new bouldering gyms will challenge Twin Cities climbers this fall

Bouldering, a type of rock climbing using no ropes or harnesses, is gaining a foothold in the Twin Cities with two new gyms opening this fall. Minneapolis Bouldering Project, the third gym in the Bouldering Project (first in Seattle in 2011, then … [Read more]

Birds and The B-Sides: After 25 years of Music in the Zoo, Sue McLean’s legacy lives on

With relentless rain, the BoDeans figured all hope was gone the night of their sold-out, outdoor show at the Minnesota Zoo. But when clouds subsided with time left for just a few songs, the Wisconsin-based rock-and-rollers were pleasantly … [Read more]

Craft Culture: The art of fire, glass, and noble gas at Skyline Neon

There’s a good chance Matt Thompson has worn out the nerve endings on his fingertips. Despite handling molten hot glass nearly every day, he refuses to wear gloves. After decades, his hands are battle worn from blisters, cuts, and third degree burns. … [Read more]

Artist Profile: Gordon Purcell

The Incredible Hulk, in its human form as Bruce Banner, is a nuclear physicist. Chemistry lover Barry Allen, aka The Flash, works as a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department. And in “Star Trek,” 23rd century adventurers take off in … [Read more]

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