Twin Cities Burger Battle tickets on sale now

Tickets to the third annual Twin Cities Burger Battle have gone on sale this morning (April 5). The event on May 21st at Harriet Island in St. Paul will bring together 25 Twin Cities restaurants vying for the votes of 2,500 attendees. The battle awards trophies for people’s choice and judges’ selection. Previous winners Paddy … [ Read more]

The Happy Gnome named Best Beer Bar in Minnesota

Late last year, the Brewers Association’s CraftBeer.com set out to find the best beer bars in every state and Washington, D.C. They enlisted their thousands of readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar, and fill out a survey about what makes it special: atmosphere, staff, beer selection, special events. Over 9,000 votes were cast from August … [ Read more]

Tickets on sale now for Firkin Fest 2016

You know spring is around the corner when tickets for The Happy Gnome’s annual Firkin Fest go on sale. That said, tickets for this year’s fest, taking place 12-4pm on Saturday, April 2, at The Happy Gnome, are on sale now. This year’s festival will include 70 one-of-a-kind firkins from breweries around Minnesota and the … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society wants to help your favorite watering hole serve beer better

The Better Beer Society’s name pretty much sums up its mission: to help make craft beer better. The main way they accomplish this task is through education, working directly with retailers to ensure everyone on staff is well-versed in beer styles, history, service, and food pairings (for retailers), and branding, marketing, operational and sales strategies, … [ Read more]

Fulton Brewing celebrates five years

The brewery’s wood anniversary is complete with barrel-aged Expat Rye Saison On October 28, 2009, The Happy Gnome in St. Paul tapped the first keg of Fulton Sweet Child Of Vine and started Ryan Petz, Pete Grande, Jim Diley, and Brian Hoffman—the four friends that started homebrewing in a garage in 2006—on a journey that … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Ukuleles, Goldsmiths, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Spending last week on St. Simons’ Island, Georgia definitely readjusted my internal temperature index. Thus, upon returning on Sunday to Minnesota and finding spring-like temperatures, I’ve decided to focus this week on all things warm. The warm sounds of a Hawaiian tune and its ability to evoke thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze… … [ Read more]

16 Signs of Spring in the Twin Cities

By Joseph Alton and Grace Sell Who in their right mind isn’t losing it as we find ourselves still held fast in winter’s seemingly unending grip? As impossible as it may seem to imagine at the present moment, time will march on, and daffodils will soon supplant the snow drifts.  And if there is anything … [ Read more]