Opinion: Craft beer is pricing itself into a bubble

Editor’s Note: Jim Watkins is the co-owner of Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis. Unless otherwise noted, facts here reflect his own work and research. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.  It seems my newsfeeds of late have been packed full of claims that Minnesota craft beer is a bubble … [ Read more]

Peace Coffee marks 20 years of growth without sacrificing values

This year, Peace Coffee celebrates its 20th year in fair trade coffee. Throughout its history, the Minnesota-based company has expanded from one roaster to two, delved into the retail space, and added two locations. But one thing still remains the same: its focus on creating great tasting, ethically sourced coffee that supports the coffee farmer. … [ Read more]

Shucking oysters in the face of doom: The staying power of Meritage

There’s a style of dining that has been steadily vanishing from the Twin Cities in recent years. The kind of experience where you arrive in your finest outfit, are greeted by an impossibly caring host, and sit in an elegant room at a white tablecloth. Where a knowledgeable, non-apathetic server will care of you professionally, … [ Read more]

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Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?

What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is that beer is booming and more bars are taking note that selection matters. But … [ Read more]

Bottled Canadian air is all the rage in China

What started as a joke—selling packages of air snagged in Banff National Park—has become a trend, reports Public Radio International. Edmonton, Canada-based Vitality Air first put a sealed plastic baggie of air from the Canadian Rockies online to see if it would sell a little over six months ago. When someone actually bought it, they started … [ Read more]