10 things you need to know about Winter Beer Dabbler 2018

Dabbler Day is nearly upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited. This year’s event is shaping up to be the best one yet, incoming snowstorm and all. For those who are new to the Winter Beer Dabbler, or just as a quick refresher for everyone before Saturday, here are 10 things that you may … [ Read more]

The Mill: Pepitos taken over by El Burrito Mercado, to be called El Burrito Minneapolis

The restaurant formerly known as Pepitos has been taken over by the family behind St. Paul’s El Burrito Mercado, and will reopen as El Burrito Minneapolis. Investor/entrepreneur Ward Johnson, who purchased the building with partner business Eddie Landenberger, said in a press release that Pepitos held a special place in his heart. “My wife and … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Snozz Project Dry Hopped Fruited Unicorn Sour

The Growler and actor and comedian Erik Stolhanske of Broken Lizard are joining forces Tuesday, February 20 for a special brew day at Barrel Theory Brewing. In honor of the occasion, Michael Dawson, author of “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home,” created this Super Troopers themed homebrew recipe: Snozz Project Dry … [ Read more]

Conjuring Up Equality: Witch Hunt provides education and advocacy for women in beer

If you’d told Witch Hunt co-founders Sarah Williams, Rose Picklo, and Barb Gettel a couple years ago that dozens of women would show up at 9am on a Saturday to brew beer and learn about the history of women in beer, they wouldn’t have believed it. Not because the interest wasn’t there, but because, until … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Blue Wolf Brewing Company

Over 20 years ago, a wife bought her husband his first Mr. Beer kit. This is the story of so many Christmases and birthdays and special occasions. But for Mike and Jennifer Campbell, that simple gift sparked a decades-long dream: a dream that is finally coming to fruition in a taproom in Brooklyn Park. Jennifer … [ Read more]

Drink to the Contrary: Reach for white wines this winter

There’s an invisible line that we Minnesotans feel in our bones, and when the thermometer dips below, there’s no going back. I’m talking about the transition from the refreshing white wines or rosés we rocked all summer long to the hearty red wines that we stick with all winter long. Even if it warms up … [ Read more]

The Mill: Sturgill Simpson, Band of Horses headlining Hinterland Music Festival 2018

The tiny Iowan town of St. Charles will once again host the fourth annual Hinterland Music Festival on August 3 and 4, this year with its biggest and most diverse lineup yet. At the top of the bill is Grammy-winning country and roots singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson and folk rock group Band of Horses. Other performers … [ Read more]

Busting Up the Brotherhood of Beer: Time to confront sexism & harassment in the industry

Last April, the Brewers Association announced that it would no longer publicize medals won by beers with sexist names or labels. From now on, beers like Thong Remover, PD (Panty Dropper), and Pearl Necklace could win in competition, but the win would not be published. The comment threads and forum posts that followed the announcement … [ Read more]

LII Super Winter Beers

Editor’s Note: This content was created as part of a content collaboration with KARE 11.  The Bold North, home of well over 10,000 lakes, Paul Bunyan, all the hotdish, and Super Bowl LII. While the Twin Cities are gearing up for the Big Game itself with over one million hardy fans and visitors expected in … [ Read more]

Season’s Eatings: The science behind seasonal cravings

Ever done a happy dance in front of a shelf of Oktoberfest or crate of Honeycrisp apples in fall? Or sighed with glee as you’ve sunk your teeth into fresh, buttery corn on the cob in the summer? We’ve talked to a few Midwest food scientists to get to the bottom of what’s behind our … [ Read more]

The Mill: Wadi brothers to open a St. Paul seafood spot, Grand Catch

The brothers Wadi—behind food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar World Street Kitchen and the next door Milkjam Creamery in South Minneapolis—have announced that they are turning their sights to St. Paul to open a Cajun seafood spot on Grand Avenue. Sameh and Saed Wadi are joining forces with Brooklyn Park-based Cajun Deli owner Thien Ly to open Grand Catch, which … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Walter Mondale at Young Joni’s Back Bar

February drinking in Minnesota often leads us down dark alleys into dark basements, drinking dark spirits to soothe our darkening spirits. But this alley behind Dangerous Man Brewing is leading me toward something a little more lighthearted. “It’s served up, it’s elegant, and has this really pretty color,” says Adam Gorski, pouring a copper-orange drink … [ Read more]

Carry-on Chicken: An Essay by MaiThao Xiong

My mom used to say, “Peb ruam ruam,” meaning “We are stupid,” to describe herself and my father. At the time, I wasn’t aware that she didn’t mean this literally—it was her way to motivate us to work harder than her and to be more than she could be. Her encouragement and love are not … [ Read more]

Winter Weary? Staycation Ideas for the Fancy and the Frugal

For the Frugal By Bill Lindeke No matter how many generations your roots stretch back, winter is the true test for any Minnesotan. By the time February rolls around, the months of shortened days, numb appendages, icy streets, and long, cold nights take their toll. To make it through the last seasonal stretches, we often need … [ Read more]

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Caleb Truax was never going to be World Champ. Someone should have told Caleb Truax

Osseo native Caleb Truax hung up his cleats and left the football program at Virginia State in 2003 to transfer back home to the University of Minnesota. An injury from high school left him with lingering patellar tendinitis and cut his collegiate football career well short of what it could have been. In the year … [ Read more]