Evil Twin/Westbrook Nomader Weisse

Evil Twin/Westbrook Brewing Company Nomader Weisse 5% ABV Drinking a good Berliner weisse can definitely invite overindulgence. The tart finish on each sip leaves you wanting more, and it’s hard to get satisfaction until you’ve worked yourself into a frenzy and finished the glass. Good thing this stuff is only 5% ABV. It’s a wheat … [ Read more]

Fair State IPA

Fair State Brewing Cooperative IPA 6.4% ABV, 64 IBU Way to go, Fair State. Not only do you have an awesome co-op business model, but you also brew one of the tastiest IPAs in town. It’s a bold move to make an IPA this dry, but when you’re dealing with such a killer hop profile, … [ Read more]

De Proef Reinaert Wild Ale

De Proef Brouwerij Reinaert Wild Ale 9.0% ABV Do you remember when you were a kid and you would visit the petting zoo? Remember how after you left, for the rest of the day, you could smell the funky barnyard smell on your hand? And remember how you would keep smelling your hand every once … [ Read more]

New Belgium Slow Ride IPA

New Belgium Brewing Company Slow Ride IPA 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU Summer in Minnesota means beaches, bikes, beers, and backyard hangouts. There’s no better beverage option on an adventurous day than a can of bright, delicious, low-ABV session IPA, and New Belgium’s Slow Ride delivers. Savor the generous aromas of fresh grass, grapefruit, and lemon … [ Read more]

Great Divide Colette

Great Divide Brewing Company Colette 7.3% ABV Coming from several generations of farmers, I feel an affinity for saisons, which were the dry, thirst-quenching beers of choice on Belgian farms in the 19th century. Colette is a great example of the style: it has a hazy golden color; aromatic hints of green banana, spice, and … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Nora Ephron’s new play, Throwing Clay, and Lowertown First Fridays

By Naomi Crocker Here’s to “firsts,” all things fresh, and new beginnings in honor of spring! Meet artists in their creative environments at First Fridays at the Lowertown Artist Lofts, learn a new craft for the first time through engaging introductory classes, witness “fashion firsts” by attending your first ever fashion-related event, support overseas artisans … [ Read more]