30 Years in the Brew City: Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery celebrates craft brewing milestone

As a Milwaukee girl, beer runs deep in my family. And there was one name that almost always made the list of beverages in the cooler for a weekend away: Lakefront. Bottles of Fixed Gear, Riverwest Stein, and Hop Jockey Double IPA would chill next to the signature green eyeball on a neighboring bottle of … [ Read more]

Vehicle for Change: Three nonprofits are using bikes to build community

Jump on a bike, and you can go just about anywhere. Bikes are an inexpensive, fun, and active form of transportation—and there are a lot of them in the world. And there’s one more key element, according to Randy Treichel, enterprise director of Express Bike Shop on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. “Bikes are, by … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): The Dampfwerk Distillery Company

Dampf-werk. Say it. It’s fun. And if you’re curious, that’s “steam works” in German. It’s also the name of a new distillery nestled behind a garage door in St. Louis Park. The Dampfwerk Distillery Company is owned and operated by the Loeffelholz family and—just like its owners—has a bit of dual citizenship. On the one … [ Read more]

Flavor Faves: The science behind our favorite food pairings

Peruse the menu at any upscale eatery, and you expect to see suggested wines or beers listed alongside the house specialties. Some restaurants cut right to the chase, pouring specially selected pinots and ports with tasting courses. We’re often grateful for the direction and trust the flavor profiles will work together instead of fighting for … [ Read more]

How to drink in the woods: Pro tips to elevate your beverage experience in the backcountry

We’re approaching that glorious time of year when we shed what’s left of our winter layers and head north in search of fresh air and open spaces. What’s an adventure trip without some delicious drinks to enjoy after those long, summer days? We talked to some Duluth-based experts who shared their recommendations on the best … [ Read more]

Gotta catch ’em small: Growing “micro-fishing” trend has Twin Cities roots

Aaron Bye is a Stillwater-based home inspector who built his business around an extreme attention to detail. He found a fitting hobby, almost by accident, and coined the term “micro-fishing” on a 2009 trip when the fishing was slow. “We were goofing around catching emerald shiners, and realized it was a ton of fun,” says … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: On the cutting edge with Eversharp

One might think the center of the Twin Cities culinary scene is anchored firmly on Nicollet Avenue or one of its downtown counterparts. But there’s a brick storefront with a simple red awning and a single glass door—nestled between industrial buildings in Northeast Minneapolis—that might rival any restaurant for its impact on local eats. Eversharp … [ Read more]

Kernz-huh? Could the perennial promise of Kernza benefit food, beer, and the world?

There’s a new-ish crop that’s been sprouting hopeful conversation in recent years. Kernza is the name given by Kansas-based The Land Institute to a specific germ line of perennial wheatgrass. Like a long-lost, wild cousin of traditional, annual wheat, it has the potential to help the environment and increase food production in incredible ways. It’s … [ Read more]

Going whole hog with chef Justin Sutherland

Handsome Hog Chef Justin Sutherland talks heritage pork, whole-animal cuisine, and ramping up for Cochon555 Handsome Hog makes no bones about its commitment to whole-animal prep and decidedly pig-centric cuisine. So it makes sense that the Hog’s chef Justin Sutherland should make the list of standout Twin Cities-area chefs invited to compete in the Cochon555 … [ Read more]