Second Wines, First-Rate Quality: Alternate labels deliver huge value

Caymus, Grgich Hills, Haut-Brion. These wineries, and others of their ilk, have worked tirelessly to build brand awareness. They start by crafting memorable and compelling wines, as all great wineries must. Then they travel, in the flesh and digitally, telling their story from hilltops and dales. With this work they build recognition, and garner top-tier … [ Read more]

Mindful Consumption: A Minimalist’s Guide to Buying Stuff

When I was 10 years old, I stumbled into my most prized possession. It was a wallet that belonged to my grandfather. I was young enough when he passed away that I had no memory of him, just some photos of me sitting on his lap, and now this wallet. After dutifully serving me for years … [ Read more]

For Art’s Sake: What the average Minnesotan stands to lose if NEA funding is cut

The budget battles over federal funding for cultural programs and organizations have tangible, pressing implications for the cultural economy and community access to the arts in Minnesota. If your kids got to see “The Sneetches” at the Children’s Theatre through a field trip at school, you’ve reaped the benefits of public funding for arts and … [ Read more]

The Barrel Brokers: How one couple found themselves at the center of Minnesota’s barrel trade

Duluth Barrel Works owners Jon and Erin Otis never envisioned becoming “barrel brokers.” Yet today, they does just that for nearly every brewery in the Twin Ports area, including Bent Paddle and Thirsty Pagan, as well as Dangerous Man in Minneapolis. When Jon and his wife Erin purchased their first oak barrels eight years ago, … [ Read more]

Business of Beer: Maturation of an Industry

By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint Illustration by DWITT The U.S. brewery count is spiking as small-scale operations open across the country. A few once-tiny breweries are growing to become regional concerns. Some have even achieved limited national and international distribution. The expansion of these larger breweries into new markets is putting pressure on local brewers who … [ Read more]

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