Rooting for ramps: What foragers must do to conserve these coveted wild onions

For cooks and diners, the ramp’s arrival on market shelves and restaurant menus each spring induces a rabidity to rival even that of the mighty morel. Known for their sweet onion flavor and their comedic pungency (read: farts), festivals celebrating this stinky herald of spring draw thousands of people in the eastern United States. The … [ Read more]

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Local architects add one-of-a-kind patio to one of Minnesota’s most unique taprooms

Bang Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota, is built on environmental stewardship—both in a physical and philosophical sense. These ethos are evident in their energy-efficient brewhouse and their commitment to using only organic ingredients in their beer. Their new patio is a visual and experiential extension of that sustainable spirit. Located in St. Paul just down the road from Bang … [ Read more]

New Belgium earns highest “zero-waste” certification

New Belgium Brewing has received the highest certification level possible (platinum) from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) for its waste reduction efforts. Businesses with a 90 percent waste reduction rate can apply for the certification. New Belgium has exceeded this rate since it began tracking the data more than 10 years ago, and … [ Read more]

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery win dairy sustainability award

Jer-Lindy Farms and Redhead Creamery were recognized with a 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability, at a ceremony in Chicago on May 11. The 200-cow Brooten, Minnesota farm and artisan cheesemaker—a partnership between two generations of Jennissen family—were acknowledged for a number of sustainable practices, including reducing the farm’s energy use by 20 percent, not … [ Read more]

Green businesses are sprouting at The Plant

Beer is the key to everything, says Carolee Kokola of Bubbly Dynamics, landlords of Chicago’s The Plant. The Plant is a former meatpacking plant that’s been repurposed as into a food-production facility. The goal is to have a building with zero waste and a self-generated power supply—no small feat for a large industrial building. While open to … [ Read more]

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A new (tasty) use for recycled water: Beer

Mavericks Brewing announced today that they’ve made the first beer in California using recycled water. And not just any recycled water: greywater sourced from NASA. Mavericks, an independent craft brewery in Northern California, will unveil the recycled-water version of their best-selling Tunnel Vision IPA at the Meeting of the Minds Conference on October 22. “California is … [ Read more]

The Water Issue

A look at the role of water in beer, the state of freshwater in Minnesota, and issues affecting water both here, and around the globe. Minnesota: Land of 11,842 lakes of more than 10 acres in size. Land of 63,000 miles of rivers and streams, headwaters of three of the largest river basins in North … [ Read more]

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