Opinion: Minnesota’s distilling laws are creating a high bar for spirit makers to clear

Shelly Dailey is busy. As one of the managing partners of the St. Paul small-batch whiskey maker, Studio Distilling, she’s planning for a new cocktail room, and keeping up with her new distributor, among her many daily tasks. It made it all the more frustrating when she had to spend several hours on the phone … [ Read more]

Opinion: Why Craft Beer Is Dying

Simon Nielsen is the head brewer at Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, Wisconsin. He has worked in the craft beer industry for six years. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.  As I write this, I am sitting at the counter of a coffee shop in my hometown of Appleton, … [ Read more]

Opinion: The IPA Paradox

Niko Tonks is a co-founder and head brewer at Fair State Brewing Cooperative based in Northeast Minneapolis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. Craft beer is all about variety, choice, an antidote to the sameness of industrial pale lager. Right? That’s the story we’ve been telling ourselves since the first … [ Read more]

Op-Ed: Earth’s Plastic Problem

Editor’s Note: Mario Serra is the director of sales and marketing for PakTech. This Op-Ed was written and submitted in direct response to an article published in our April issue—“Craft Beer’s Plastic Problem,” by Matt Privratsky. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. Plastics and plastic packaging are an integral and important … [ Read more]

Opinion: Outdoors enthusiasts must fight to save conservation funding

Taylor Ridderbusch is the Great Lakes organizer for Trout Unlimited, which has 160,000 national members, including 36,000 in states bordering the Great Lakes. Ridderbusch is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. As anglers, and as sportsmen and women, there is always a mood of excitement that … [ Read more]

Why I spent a weekend brewing with just women

I am familiar with mansplaining. I am a woman and haven’t spent thirty-something years living under a rock. But I have never experienced the phenomenon with such frequency until I started working in the craft brew industry. I’ve bought homes, spent a decade in academia, and a summer working landscaping gigs on construction sites, and … [ Read more]

Crap Beer: Slipping standards & lack of quality control threaten the industry

Let’s just put it out there: There’s a lot of bad beer being made these days. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of good beer as well—even some great beer. The rapid expansion of small breweries has brought with it a new breed of innovative brewers cranking out finely tuned beers of all shapes … [ Read more]

The Vexing World of Music Awards and Best-Of Lists

Receiving his Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV VMAs, Kanye West gave one of the most deeply ambiguous (and confusing) acceptance speeches of any awards show in recent memory. Among the many topics Kanye touched on—including his supposedly planned presidential run—was the contrived injustice of awards shows generally. “I still don’t understand awards shows,” … [ Read more]

A Dad’s Guide to Parental Pairings

Meticulous planning, strategic execution, a highly controlled environment. A how-to for brewing beer? Nope: a guide to getting your kid to eat a piece of broccoli. I’m not breaking any new ground here when I say that being a parent is a big job—one that’s often as exhausting as it is rewarding. And just like … [ Read more]

The North… Or Not?

What began as a quiet conversation about Minnesota’s regional identity has, of late, morphed into a full-blown wedge issue with dedicated and vocal followings on both sides. Does “The Midwest” fully encapsulate who we are or is it time to cut ties and strike out on our own as “The North?” Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak … [ Read more]

The 7 Most Annoying Things Beer Snobs Say

The crazy rise in the popularity of beer has brought with it an increase of beer snobbery. It’s not a new phenomenon. Beer snobs have been there all along. But as more and more people get caught up in the frenzy, the level of puffery has definitely inflated. In part it’s just a numbers game. … [ Read more]

Serial Drinking: The Journey, or the Destination?

By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint “I just reached an important milestone!” exclaimed my friend as I entered the room. Her enthusiasm made me ask the question. “Wow. What milestone?” “I just passed 1,000 unique beers on Untappd.” Really? I thought, as I offered my congratulations. Getting married, graduating college, a major career advancement, having … [ Read more]

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