The Next Phase In Local Craft Beer: Homegrown Hops

For the casual craft beer drinker in Minnesota, supporting local breweries usually means frequenting area taprooms and buying Minnesota-made beer at the liquor store. But with the increasing availability of locally grown brewing ingredients such as hops, the next step in the craft movement involves seeking out beers that go one step further and use ingredients harvested as close … [ Read more]

Food for Thought: A U of M partnership yields some exotic fruits

Across the country, campus dining tends to be where mediocre food comes to a bad end, ladled from plastic bags into heating vessels and then into troughs where it is consumed with a mixture of indifference and resentment. “Banquets” are sorry affairs, dominated by overcooked vegetables, cloying desserts, and rubber chicken entrees more appropriate to … [ Read more]

UMN and Urban Growler team up to save the rainforest

Not every beer has the lofty goal of saving the rainforest, but that’s precisely what the University of Minnesota and St. Paul’s Urban Growler Brewing Company aimed to do with two recent beer releases. Their collaboration centers around the rámon nut, a seed that grows in tropical forests in Central America, South America, and the … [ Read more]

U of M paving the way toward better barley, stronger hops

It’s not a question of if, but when an invasive species will threaten Minnesota hop crops. That’s not meant to scare local hop growers or breweries that use them. It’s just something University of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer is trying to prevent with his research. Luckily, he and two other U of M professors have … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: University of Minnesota Grape Breeding and Enology

This January, when the mercury dips below zero and the snow is blowing across windswept fields in Minnesota, take a moment to consider—in spring, the grape vines at the state’s 60-plus wineries and even more vineyards will begin to bloom again. This fact is due in large part to the University of Minnesota’s grape breeding … [ Read more]

Golden Rivalries: Gopher football’s most storied trophy games

Autumn in Minnesota. Gold in the changing leaves, gold in the fields and prairies, and of course gold on the gridiron. It’s the time of the year that for autumnal traditions provided by college football at the University of Minnesota: reveling in the camaraderie of tailgating, raking leaves to the rhythm of radio play-by-play, the … [ Read more]

Honeycrisp Apples Dissed by The New York Times

The New York Times is back to misrepresenting Minnesota food. Last year, it was “Grape Gate.” This year, they’re attacking the Honeycrisp, labeling our state’s beloved apple as “soft and quickly dissolving in the mouth,” with an inconsistent flavor that fades in long storage. The paper goes on to shower praise on the Washington-bred Cosmic Crisp. … [ Read more]

Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and The Barley

The Minnesota of the future will look very different from today. So, too, will the future of Minnesota beer. Photos by David Hansen, University of Minnesota In January 2015, the United Kingdom’s Hadley Center for Climate, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held press conferences—all in the same week—to declare 2014 the … [ Read more]

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A U of M Design Class Crafted Tap Handles for Three Minnesota Breweries

Photos by Warren Bruland If you were at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club on December 16, 2014, you got a firsthand look at an exciting collaboration between some of Minnesota’s best craft brewers and designers. If you weren’t, don’t worry: You can see the fruits of the collaboration at Excelsior Brewing Company and Fair State … [ Read more]

New Happy Hour Alert: Campus Club

By John Garland So, here’s an interesting new spot to grab a cocktail in style this summer: The University of Minnesota Campus Club has announced that happy hour (3pm-6pm, Monday-Friday) is now open through August to non-members. Drink specials are $1 off rail drinks, tap beers, house cocktails and 1/2 price bottles of wine. And … [ Read more]