Troubled Waters: Bridging our concern over Minnesota’s lakes and rivers to necessary action

Minnesotans love to extol the virtues of our 10,000 shimmering lakes and remind outsiders that we really have closer to 12,000. But we’re also laboring under some seriously mistaken myths, ones that put off acknowledging the full breadth of problems facing our prized lakes, no matter how many we have. First, we don’t have as … [ Read more]

Parks—and Water—For the People: The history of Minneapolis’ hand-pump drinking wells

When Minneapolis resident Jessica Rosenberg was a little girl, she and her brother had a special ritual they shared with their grandparents. They would load up the trunk of the car with empty plastic milk jugs and drive from their St. Louis Park home to Lake Harriet. Once there, they’d unload the jugs and walk … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: Water

This month’s Craft Cocktail is the Branch Water at Norseman Distillery, a remarkably uncomplicated whiskey and water. So, for this month’s Spirits Close-Up we decided to take a look at how water can enhance the whiskey-drinking experience.  Are you telling us to water down our cocktails? You’re doing it already. Water is an important ingredient … [ Read more]

Idaho research suggests barley growers can reduce water usage without reducing yields

More news on the water conservation front: research at the University of Idaho Extension suggests that barely growers can judiciously cut their irrigation at certain phases of the crop’s growth without affecting their overall yield or quality. This is the first year of barley agronomist Chris Rogers’ research with the popular MillerCoors barley variety Moravian 69. … [ Read more]

The thirsty business of beer: How breweries are confronting the industry’s water problem

The pentagon is worried about water. A 2012 National Security Assessment called climate change-induced water shortages the greatest threat to global security. The report warned of impacts on food and energy production, which would lead to political instability and mass migrations as water conflicts erupt between farmers and city dwellers, ethnic groups, and upstream and … [ Read more]

Oskar Blues ships 50,000 cans of water to Flint, Michigan

Oskar Blues Brewing posted on its Facebook page that it is shipping 50,000 cans of fresh water to Flint, Michigan, in an effort to help relieve the city’s clean-water shortage. For more than a year, water drawn from the Flint River leached lead from old lines into homes after the city switched its drinking water. Flint has … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20