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]

Craft beer franchises a growing U.S. trend

The growing popularity of craft beer is obvious in many ways. The number of craft breweries is higher than it ever has been in U.S. history. More restaurants are featuring food and beer pairing menus. The Brewers Association reported a 16% increase in overall craft beer retail in 2015. Another indicator is the expansion of such … [ Read more]

City Works opens in Mayo Clinic Square on Wednesday, March 9

City Works, the first Minneapolis restaurant from Chicago-based Bottleneck Management, is set to open Wednesday, March 9th at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 7th Street in Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E). The cavernous bar and restaurant (featuring a full 10,000 square feet of dining space), is divided into rows of low-tops near the windows, high-tops nearer … [ Read more]