The Mill: McNally Smith College of Music closure leaves students, faculty with uncertain futures

McNally Smith College of Music abruptly announced that it will be closing December 20, immediately following the end of the semester. The news first came as an email to the faculty late on December 14 from board member and co-founder Jack McNally. McNally informed staff that they wouldn’t be able to cover their Friday paychecks, … [ Read more]

New ownership taking the helm at Minneapolis’ NorthGate Brewing UPDATED

By Brian Kaufenberg and Joseph Alton Updated December 16, 2017 at 1:20pm: This story has been updated with information from NorthGate and Tod Fyten.  After nearly five years of operation, NorthGate Brewing’s Adam Sjogren, Todd Slininger, and Tuck Carruthers are selling the brewery they founded. According to multiple sources close to NorthGate, the brewery quietly … [ Read more]

NorthGate Pale Ale Release

Join us for a special taproom exclusive pale ale from NorthGate Brewing, as well as two other taps from NorthGate alongside 34 additional taps of beer and cider.

Brewer Profile: Dicky Lopez of NorthGate Brewing

It’s a sleepy Tuesday afternoon at NorthGate Brewing. The taproom is closed and chairs are stacked upside down on the tables. NorthGate’s head brewer Dicky Lopez strolls in from the brewhouse floor and shakes hands with a strong grip. He’s sporting a heavy buffalo red flannel over his burly frame, a wild black beard, and … [ Read more]

NorthGate Brewing is raising awareness (and a pint) for Save the Boundary Waters

It’s no secret that Minnesota is full of natural beauty. But some are concerned that the proposed sulfide-ore copper mining operation will endanger northern Minnesota’s  Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Thus, in 2013, the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters was organized. To defend the Boundary Waters as a national and natural treasure, Minneapolis’ NorthGate Brewing is teaming … [ Read more]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

NorthGate Brewing takes a ‘Leap’ into nitro beer in cans

Craft brewers will share the hardest to find hops, but there’s one thing they still won’t share with each other: the secret to packaged nitro beers. The process to get the creamy, thick pour that Guinness made famous is a trade secret. Some use a plastic in-can widget to release the nitrogen gas while others, … [ Read more]

Wander North debuts whiskey series made from Northeast craft beers

Wander North Distillery, maker of Outpost Vodka, is debuting a series of whiskies made from the beers of Northeast Minneapolis. Their Uncharted whiskies are made in collaboration with several breweries, and distilled from the distinctive malt bills of some iconic Northeast beers. “After the release of the Applejack we did in collaboration with Sociable Cider … [ Read more]

Opinion: “Lady-beers” an insult to the women of craft beer

Yesterday we asked: Is there really a need for women-targeted beer? Today, Kaleigh Dunn responded. Kristi McGuire, I have only one question for you. If you’re a master brewer and 20-year veteran in the business, tell me this: What qualifies as “women-friendly beer?” I’ll be waiting. You can answer me at [email protected] And while we … [ Read more]

Wander North opens its cocktail room, teams up with NorthGate

Photos by Aaron Davidson Where else but in Northeast Minneapolis would a cocktail room and a taproom end up, by chance, as neighbors. This weekend Wander North Distillery will open as Minneapolis’ third cocktail room (after Du Nord and Tattersall, respectively). It’s neighbor? NorthGate Brewing. With Wander North’s menu of vodka- and gin-based drinks and … [ Read more]

Your Guide to Sunday Growler Sales in Minneapolis

Following passage at the state level and subsequent approval by the Minneapolis City Council, Sunday growler sales will be legal in Minneapolis starting this Sunday, June 14. Below is a listing of Minneapolis breweries and brewpubs that will be selling growlers on Sundays and their hours. In terms of special offers to mark the occasion … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): 56 Brewing

A simple Twitter post from NorthGate Brewing this past summer announcing their plans to expand in a new location was the spark that lit the fire for husband and wife Kale and Kerry Johnson. Kale, a professional engineer and five-year homebrewer, reached out to NorthGate, curious to know what their plans were with the old … [ Read more]

Northgate Brewing Parapet ESB

Northgate Brewing Parapet ESB 5.6% ABV Nestled in Northeast Minneapolis in a brand spankin’ new facility, Northgate Brewing’s mission is to focus on session beers and British styles. Parapet ESB delivered on both promises, as this is a nicely hopped ESB for IPA drinkers. Aromas of spicy hops, citrus, and a hint of coriander give … [ Read more]

Grumpy’s Limited Action Beer Festival This Saturday Features One-of-a-Kind Brews

What happens when a bar asks every brewery in town to make up a special beer for a random Saturday in November? If you’re Grumpy’s, they respond with a resounding yes. Beginning at 2pm this Saturday, Grumpy’s Downtown will host the Limited Action Beer Festival. The free event is your chance to taste one-of-a-kind and … [ Read more]