Artist Profile: Niky Motekallem

The ways in which humans interact with animals are far-reaching. From beloved pets to filtering additives for beer to grilled steaks on our dinner plates, we have deep, dependent relationships with the animals in our ecosystem. Illustrator Niky Motekallem displays her love for nature in her art, which is filled with colorful, kaleidoscopic renderings of … [ Read more]

Hunyuck Brew Co. to Hit the Beer Market This August

Hunyuck. A term of endearment from Dave Gronert’s “tough, old Norwegian” grandmother, and the basis for the name of a new beer brand hitting the market this August: Hunyuck Brew Co. “Hunyuck was a term that my grandma used to describe backwoods folks in northern Minnesota that are basically real renaissance men,” says Gronert, co-founder … [ Read more]

Carlos Creek Winery’s owners are starting a Viking-themed brewery in Alexandria

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minnesota, has been a destination for wine lovers in the state since 1999. The winery has grown a lot since opening, adding a new production building in 2015, cider in 2016, and, come summer 2019, craft beer under the brand 22 Northmen Brewing. “Many of us at the winery are as … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Art with depth by Marnie Karger

Lakes are peppered across the land of Minnesota—11,842 reminders that this area was once covered in vast sheets of ice a mile thick, plowing inch by inch, and finally melting into what we see today. These water-filled, earthly scars are named after European explorers, topographical features, identifications by Dakota and Ojibwe tribes. And they are … [ Read more]

Fitger’s distributing its beer recipes across Minnesota under ‘Duluth Brewhouse’ brand

After 23 years of serving the Duluth beer community, Fitger’s Brewhouse will be distributing their beers throughout Minnesota. How’s that? In order to work around Minnesota’s liquor laws, which prohibit brewpubs from distributing beer to retailers and caps annual production at 3,500 barrels, Rod Raymond, owner of Fitger’s Brewhouse, is handing over the rights of … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s first Latino-inspired beer company to open its cervecería and taproom this summer

Minnesota’s first Latino-inspired beer company will soon have a physical cervecería and taproom to call home. La Doña Cervecería founder Sergio Manancero, son of Uruguayan immigrants, former Marine, and University of Minnesota alum, has set his sights upon Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood to build a brewery and taproom for his company, which started producing a line of … [ Read more]

4 Minnesota breweries score medals at World Beer Cup 2018

The 2018 Craft Brewers Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, came to a close Thursday night with the awards ceremony for the bi-annual World Beer Cup competition, and four beers from Minnesota breweries were decorated with medals. More than 8,000 entries from 66 countries were pitted against each other in this year’s global beer competition, called … [ Read more]

Celebrate National Homebrew Day with Big Brew events around Minnesota

If there wasn’t enough to celebrate on May 5 between Cinco de Mayo and the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday is also the worldwide celebration of the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) National Homebrew Day. In 1988, May 7 was declared before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and to toast to this blessed beer … [ Read more]

Former Disgruntled head brewer opening Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena

Former head brewer and co-founder of Disgruntled Brewing Brett Doebbeling is jumping back into the beer industry with a new project. Doebbeling confirmed plans to open Drastic Measures Brewing with his wife Ashley in downtown Wadena, Minnesota, located half way between Brainerd and Detroit Lakes on U.S. Highway 10. “I decided to start the new brewery … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The wonderfully strange works of Jennifer Davis

A roaring lion, steeped in vivid colors of bubblegum and coral. A humanoid cat wearing gray slacks, standing against a sparse cream-colored sky. A female figure, dressed in a pale green blouse, as a black, vintage rotary phone defines her facial features. These characters look like they live in an enchanting, yet eerie, pastel-hued Candyland … [ Read more]

Tiny houses face big hurdles in the Twin Cities

The tiny house trend is everywhere. Look on Instagram. Check out Pinterest. On HGTV alone, there’s “Tiny House, Big Living,” “Tiny House Builders,” “Tiny House Hunters,” and others. These glamorized, pint-sized homes have gained widespread appeal among those looking to live with less. Going mini is mainstream. Or is it? Many prospective tiny housers face … [ Read more]

Chef Lenny Russo takes the reins of Wayzata’s ninetwentyfive

Chef Lenny Russo is back in action as the new executive chef and director of food and beverage at ninetwentyfive, the restaurant attached to the Hotel Landing in Wayzata. Previously, six-time James Beard nominated Russo ran St. Paul’s former Heartland, which closed New Year’s Eve in 2016, and worked to revamp The Commodore’s kitchen and … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Regan Golden turns plants into art

It’s easy to forget the verdant intensity of nature. The fuzzy, villous hairs on the fronds of the unfurling fern. Towering cottonwoods sheltering delicate clusters of milkweed. Even invasive patches of plants, from garlic mustard to buckthorn. But when Regan Golden walks through an urban park or strolls along the rail yard near her house, … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Wing Ta, Canary Grey

Seared short ribs nestled in a cast iron vessel, surrounded by cremini mushrooms, garlic, and ever essential mirepoix. An elegant arc of tuna ceviche, enhanced with fresh papaya, vibrant lime green kiwis, and paper-thin, magenta-hued watermelon radish. A crystal clear glass set atop a rustic gray wooden table, highlighting the bright garnet hue of a … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Nick Zdon

 “I am a large container of life.” “That’s how you would explain yourself to someone,” I asked, making sure I heard him correctly. In a used bookstore more than 15 years ago, Nick Zdon found a Czech comic book with English translations that were a bit rough around the edges. “One of the best … [ Read more]