Craft beer wears the crown in Brisbane’s clash of beer cultures

Two types of beer were historically acceptable in Australia—cold and very cold. Given more than one-third of the world’s sixth largest country by area is effectively desert, it’s unsurprising light and easy lager was most common to quench the nation’s thirst. But Australians, whose reputation for enjoying a few icy beers around a barbecue is … [ Read more]

Catching up on craft beer in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is one of the biggest and most developed cities in the world with a greater metropolitan population of over 20 million. The home of Gangnam Style, K-pop, Korean cinema, Samsung, and kimchi, South Korea has been making a big splash in international culture. But in many ways it’s a … [ Read more]

Skål from Skåne—Sweden’s southern county of craft beer

Craft beer proliferation in Skåne Sweden is a country often touted for its gender equality, generous parental leave policies, broadminded immigration, and environmental stewardship. But the country has received considerably less attention for its burgeoning craft beer movement. One region that has experienced robust growth in this area is Skåne. Situated at the southern tip … [ Read more]

Camaraderie and craft beer at Cerveza México

The midnight black Russian imperial stout with its persistent cappuccino-colored head tasted just like it smelled: Huge chocolate notes backed by coffee, dark fruits, bitter hops, and anise coated my palate. My tongue tingled from the 12 percent ABV advertised on the placard hanging behind the bartender in the small stand on the crowded exposition … [ Read more]

Cape of Good Hops: The state of craft beer in South Africa

Tucked away in the southwest corner of the African continent, Cape Town is known as the Mother City, and it is here that the South African craft beer scene was born just a few short years ago. Rewind a decade and you would have found a sole microbrewery in the beautiful coastal city. Today there … [ Read more]

The Plan to Have No Plan

Finding the spontaneous, yet scheduled, happy medium that (almost) guarantees getting the most out of travel Accidentally walked 14.5 miles today. Not saying that in a humble brag way, rather an “I have no sense of direction and got lost multiple times and confused Google maps with my poor decisions and ended up in neighborhoods … [ Read more]

9 Cheap Cities to Fly to from MSP in February

February may not be the first month you flip to in your calendar when planning your annual vacation. But don’t underestimate the value of the shortest month of the year—it’s usually the slowest period for travel. With low-season rates and fewer crowds, it’s the ideal time to sneak in that much-needed first getaway of the … [ Read more]

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Denver: The Only City In The West

Colorado helped pave the way for craft beer nationwide. How is Denver beer getting on now that it’s mainstream? Take a window seat on the train ride from Denver International Airport to Union Station. On the half-hour trip from the middle of nowhere, watch the city come into focus through the dust and sun. Watch … [ Read more]

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Minnesota’s fire towers: Steel sentinels standing guard over the state’s forests

Autumn travel in the Northland offers an abundance of adventures and breathtaking fall scenery, but few can top the thrill and view of climbing one of the remaining fire towers that once guarded Minnesota’s forests. Standing at an average of over 100 feet in height, these steel sentinels once numbered around 150 in Minnesota (by … [ Read more]

Come on inn: The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely open Thursday

Indie folk band, Bon Iver, has won Grammy Awards, collaborated with Kanye West, thrown multi-day music festivals, and just released their third studio album, “22, A Million,” on September 30. And in just a few short days, the founder and frontman behind the group, Justin Vernon, will be able to say that he helped open a … [ Read more]

Wood-fired feasting: Lessons from Chef Camp

In the opening of his book “The Magic of Fire,” William Rubel writes that “firelight infuses everything cooked on the hearth with a touch of magic.” This may be doubly true for the campfire, the outdoor hearth that has been bringing people together at dinnertime since before the dawn of history. It was a love … [ Read more]

Slay to Gourmet: Alaska moose hunt

A year ago, my Uncle Mark called me with an invitation to go to Fairbanks, Alaska, for a week of moose hunting and a getaway from the city. Thankfully I agreed, despite not knowing much about moose, or moose hunting, or Fairbanks, or what the hell I was about to get myself into. I won’t … [ Read more]

The Neighborhood Walkabout: Armatage

The juices from the succulent pulled pork seep through the golden crusted ciabatta bun through my fingers and all over my hands. This sandwich, known as the Calabrian from Porchetteria At Terzo Vino Bar, is messy beyond normal comfort but I don’t care. It’s too delicious to care, and on this beautiful afternoon, blocks away … [ Read more]

Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia

Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice into a bowl. After leaving it out for a few weeks, whether on purpose or by accident, the liquid spontaneously ferments into something sweet, pungent, and that, when imbibed, … [ Read more]

My cousin Ulli: A quest for non-traditional beer in Germany and Belgium

Like many natives of the Midwest, I am part Rheinländer German. My mother’s family is from Trier, a city near the border of Luxembourg; they were captains of riverboats on the Moselle and the Rhine. I graduated as a German major at the University of Iowa and studied for a semester in Göttingen, then in … [ Read more]

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