Now Open (Or Damn Close): Garphish Brewing Company in Bethel

The building at 165 Main Street in the small town of Bethel, Minnesota, has housed many kinds of businesses and organizations since it was built in 1907. During Prohibition, it was a silent movie theater; people were married there while it hosted a Lutheran church; and a few years ago, Bethel City Hall even occupied its basement as … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Dual Citizen Brewing Company

Tim Kessler and Max Filter, cousins, St. Paulites, and co-owners of Midway’s newest brewery, Dual Citizen Brewing Company, are calling for beer drinkers to set aside any perceived differences and come together over a pint. He and Kessler named their brewery Dual Citizen as a tongue-in-cheek ode to calling both Minneapolis and St. Paul home. Filter, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Ashby Brewing Company

Locals in quaint Ashby, Minnesota, population 436, have long congregated at their restaurant, bar, and American Legion hall over pints of beer. With the October opening of Ashby Brewing Company, this small town has something a lot more exciting to sip on than light lager. Justin Flatgard, co-owner and head brewer of the newly open … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hop & Barrel Brewing Company in Hudson

When Justin Terbeest and Brian Priefer, ordered the equipment for their new brewery in Hudson, Wisconsin, brewing wasn’t even allowed in downtown. Terbeest and Priefer, co-founders of Hop & Barrel Brewing Company opening on December 16, spent the early months of 2017 attending planning commission and city council meetings to change the law, and by August 1 they … [ Read more]

‘María de Buenos Aires’ offers passionate opera and sultry Argentine tango

From its sultry setting in a Buenos Aires barrio to its score brimming with expressive tango, “María de Buenos Aires” is not your typical opera, and the Mill City Summer Opera is not your typical opera company. Rather than staging its sixth annual opera production on a classic proscenium stage positioning the audience directly in … [ Read more]

Finding Marcel: The letters that brought a WWII love story to life for a Minnesota font designer

Carolyn Porter, a graphic designer based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, found a stack of beautifully hand-scripted French letters in a Stillwater antique store. She bought a few thinking they would make an ideal base for designing a new font. It was only after her curiosity led her to translate one of them that she realized the … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s first plant-based restaurant, J. Selby’s, now open

All vegetarians and vegans have their own reasons for choosing a diet free of meat and other animal products. For former physician Matt Clayton, it was simply to run faster. “It’s not complicated at all,” he chuckles. “I was very stagnant in my half-marathon time and was looking for something to give me an edge … [ Read more]

8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded

The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any … [ Read more]

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