UMN and Urban Growler team up to save the rainforest

Not every beer has the lofty goal of saving the rainforest, but that’s precisely what the University of Minnesota and St. Paul’s Urban Growler Brewing Company aimed to do with two recent beer releases. Their collaboration centers around the rámon nut, a seed that grows in tropical forests in Central America, South America, and the … [ Read more]

UW–Madison Arboretum brews up partnership to turn unlikely fruits into local beer

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum is partnering up with nearby brewery Funk Factory Geuzeria to take advantage of an unexpected, often overlooked fruit—the Osage orange. The pale green, lumpy, softball-sized fruit found scattered across the grounds of the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens appealed to brewery owner Levi Funk, who noticed their citrusy scent on a stroll … [ Read more]

The Mill: Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace soon to open in the Duluth Folk School

The Duluth Folk School, which found itself a permanent home in the Lincoln Park Craft District on West Superior Street last spring, is soon opening its very own cafe and teaching kitchen, to be called the Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace. According to Russell Crawford, beverage director for the cafe, the menu will feature in-house roasted … [ Read more]

Surly Darkness Day moving from Brooklyn Center brewery to new venue

Surly has announced that it is moving 2018 Darkness Day from its Brooklyn Center production facility to…Wisconsin? The brewery announced on Friday that this year’s beer release party will take place at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin, (35 miles east of Minneapolis) on Saturday, September 29. “Simply put, we ran out of room at … [ Read more]

CAKE, Jason Isbell headlining Basilica Block Party 2018

Basilica Block Party, Cities 97’s annual two-day summer fest held at the Basilica of Saint Mary, has announced the lineup for this year’s 23rd festival. Twenty national and local bands will perform across three stages over the two-day concert. featuring PreferredOne Stage headliners Andy Grammer and Fitz and the Tantrums, and Great Clips Stage headliners … [ Read more]

The Mill: Craft beer at Target Field for the Twins home opener

Though winter apparently will never end, time still moves on. Case in point: the Twins home opener is this Thursday, with a forecasted high of 36 degrees. There’s definite potential to set a record for lowest game day temp, which is currently sitting at 31 degrees in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in … [ Read more]

Craft beer is still growing, but competition is stiffer than ever

It seems to be a constant question circling the craft beer world: how can the business of craft brewing still be growing? Haven’t we reached the point of saturation? According to a report released this week by the Brewers Association, 2017 saw sustained growth across the board for the craft brewing industry. There were just under 6,300 … [ Read more]

The Mill: New grilled cheese spot offers opportunities to former convicts

Coming to south Minneapolis this spring is All Square, a new restaurant bringing together social responsibility with a side of good old fashioned grilled cheese. The concept, referred to as “guilt-free comfort food,” was founded by Emily Hunt Turner, a civil rights attorney who’s worked in housing, architecture and public policy. The aim is to … [ Read more]

Surly Pizza Upstairs opens this Friday

Starting this Friday, Surly will be serving up made-to-order New Haven-style “apizzas” in the second floor space of their Minneapolis brewery, with their aptly-named new restaurant, Surly Pizza Upstairs. Executive chef Ben Peine, general manager Dan DiNovis, and Surly founder Omar Ansari put their heads together when it came time to decide what should take … [ Read more]

The Mill: “Black Panther” star brings her play to the Guthrie

Iowa-born, Macalester-educated Danai Gurira, who co-starred as a warrior of Wakanda in “Black Panther,” is bringing her newest play to the stage at the Guthrie. Now more than ever, Gurira is juggling the roles of playwright and actress, as she reckons with the star status she’s acquired since starring in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which has … [ Read more]

Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2017

It’s that time of year again: The Brewers Association has released its annual list of the Top 50 Craft Breweries in 2017, which ranks America’s top craft breweries by sales volume. For the second year in a row, the established powerhouses of Schell’s, Summit, and Surly repped Minnesota on the list. New Ulm craft beer … [ Read more]

The Mill: Ursa Minor Brewing to open in Duluth’s Lincoln Park ‘craft district’

Duluth will be getting a new brewery this summer in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Ursa Minor Brewing just began the build-out of their taproom and five-barrel brewery at 2415 West Superior Street, and stated that they “hope we will be ready to start sending pints across the bar by mid-summer.” The trio behind the effort, … [ Read more]

Former New York chef Rikki Giambruno to open Hyacinth on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue

Chef Rikki Giambruno returned to his native Twin Cities from Brooklyn, New York last fall with one aim: to bring the freshest, brightest cuisine of southern Italy to St. Paul with his soon-to-be Grand Avenue restaurant, Hyacinth. “The food is going to have that feeling of being light, healthy, vegetable-heavy, and simple, but at the same … [ Read more]

Tattersall, other Minnesota distilleries medal at 2018 American Craft Spirits Association awards

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), a national nonprofit aiming to support and elevate the U.S. craft spirits community, released the results of their Fifth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, with a few notable nods to Minnesota distillers in the mix. Meal winners were selected from 500 entries across 39 states, including D.C., with the … [ Read more]

The Mill: Hotels, restaurants, and distillery anchor downtown Stillwater revitalization

Downtown Stillwater has seen some massive changes since the old lift bridge closed last summer, rerouting traffic to a spiffy new interstate bridge down the St. Croix in Oak Park Heights. With less congested downtown streets has come an influx of new restaurants, bars, and two boutique hotels bookending the historic river town. Both hotels, … [ Read more]