The eastward migration of Minneapolis restaurateurs to St. Paul is showing no signs of slowing down, especially in light of the news that Parlour Bar will be opening up a second location on West 7th Street. The original Parlour Bar in Minneapolis’ North Loop quickly gained a loyal following after it’s opening in 2012, and has since achieved legend-status for its high-quality cocktails and subterranean dive-bar vibe.
The new location is situated kitty-corner to Tom Reid’s across from the Xcel Energy Center. The space loosely consists of three units which will be divided into the Parlour Bar on one side, a lounge in the middle, and a diner on the other side. Parlour Chef Mike DeCamp says the diner will have counters where patrons can watch the chefs at work.
The space was originally slated to house The Glensman Northern Irish Pub. Jesse Held, Parlour’s bar director, says that while they do anticipate larger Xcel crowds, they have no intention of letting quality or artistry fall by the wayside. Held is most excited about the new diner addition, which will have a brighter feel than the typical Parlour aesthetic. “I can play with adult malts again, that’s gonna be fun,” he says.
Held says that people are flocking to St. Paul for the quaint feel and demand for high-quality restaurants. “There’s room there to plant a flag and grow your brand, and expose another part of the Twin Cities to what you’re doing.” One thing is for certain: Parlour Bar is sure to bring something new to both the lives of hockey fans and the burgeoning St. Paul restaurant scene.
October 18—October 24
Bauhaus Brew Labs is undergoing another expansion set to open early 2018. The new Fridley warehouse will hold cold and dry storage, ultimately allowing production at the brewery to grow from 10,000 barrels per year to 30,000. The taproom will also be getting some love with fresh lighting, menus, reconfigured taps, and a new table service in the works.
A meager $213 billion could buy out Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), or so claims the tongue-in-cheek crowdfunding campaign Take Craft Back from the Brewers Association. While the dollars are not real, the campaign digs after what many see as a real issue: the muddying of corporate versus independent craft beer.
First introduced to Congress in January 2017, the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) received majority support last week. The bill benefits the beer, wine, and distilled spirits industries, each of which make significant contributions to the U.S. economy.
In fact, the craft beer industry contributed nearly $67 billion to the US economy in 2016. While craft beer remains supreme for now, a new study by Grand View Research Inc. indicates that craft spirits could contribute upwards of $80 billion by 2025.
Less than a year after opening the taproom space, Duluth’s Blacklist Artisan Ales signed a distribution agreement with Bernick’s, which will bring Blacklist products to 22 counties in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the city of Duluth, with plans to expand to 13 more counties in southern Minnesota in 2018.
This Saturday, Klockow Brewing taproom will open for the first time. It is Grand Rapids’ first microbrewery. Rather than taking on the sports bar vibe you see in many small towns, owners Tasha and Andy Klockow envisioned an approachable, family-friendly destination with the ability to host live music.
In Alexandria, Minnesota, Copper Trail Brewing Co. now offers Crowlers from their taproom. You can get their Blonde Lass, Lucky Red, Citra Solstice, Roggenbier, or Minnesour in a Crowler. This Friday they’ll be re-releasing their Midwest Midnight, and next week their Hopper Trail IPA—both of which they hope to get into Crowlers. And, if you can’t make it to the brewery, Blone Lass, Lucky Red and Citra Solstice were rolled out to liquor stores last week.
Way up north in Koochiching County lies Ranier, Minnesota, where Marty Goulet, Pat Brakken, and Kalan Wagner are developing plans for a microdistillery and cocktail room. The cocktail license was recently approved under the name, Cantilever Bridge Distillery, LLC. The hope is to bring off-season excitement to the area, make use of locally-sourced resources, and boost the local economy.
The University of North Carolina, Charlotte recently added a continuing education program called Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate. This marks one of the few opportunities in higher education to seek out the growing craft industry by name.
True Stone Coffee Roasters, specialty coffee wholesaler and educator, is now an accredited Premier Training Campus through the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Located in St. Paul, True Stone is one of the first to receive accreditation in the upper midwest.
Lucky Oven Bakery is coming to 5401 Penn Avenue South in Minneapolis, possibly sometime before this holiday season. Owner and baker Kristy Dirk hails from Red Wagon Pizza and claims everything will be made from scratch (yum).
Downtown eatery Sanctuary is losing its chef of 10 years, Patrick Atanalian. His decision to step down came as a surprise, especially in light of a little upcoming event happening the street known as Super Bowl LII. But Atanalian says that, with Sanctuary at the top of its game, he’s ready move on to bigger and better kitchens. Chef Gary Stenberg, who was replaced at Sanctuary by Atanalian 10 years ago, is returning to take over the restaurant’s kitchen.
Without a word, KFC has come through with maybe the most brilliant social media strategy in the history of fast food. A Twitter user noticed that the fast food chain is following just 11 users—all six Spice Girls and five men named Herb. In other words, 11 Herbs & Spices.
Bull’s Horn Food and Drink, a new restaurant and bar concept from Doug Flicker, will open for business at 4pm, on Tuesday, October 31. Hours of operation will be 11am to 12pm Tuesday through Sunday.
When St. Paul decided not to make an ice palace for the Super Bowl, it left Detroit Lakes, supplier of the ice blocks, a bit in the lurch. Rather than shy away from the challenge, leaders in Detroit Lakes have laid plans to create their own palace to show off during Polar Fest.
A bog the size of three football fields is on the loose in North Long Lake, north of Brainerd, causing concern and fascination. Researchers are working to try to steer the bog in a direction to minimize property damage and have used Google Earth maps to track where the bog came from.
You can get your very own Women of NASA Lego set starting November 1. The 231-piece set features four women who made lasting impacts on space travel.
Beloved Canadian musical artist Gord Downie passed away on October 17 from complications of brain cancer. The singer was part of The Tragically Hip since 1984 and released six solo albums in his lifetime.
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