As classic beer commercials will attest, there's nothing like the great outdoors to make us want to crack open a brewski and drink it all in. In light of this, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) has announced plans to host a ... More >>
If locally produced wine is your thing, or you don't know a lot about it and want to, then mark you calendars for April 26 when Savor Minnesota takes over Shakopee's Canterbury Park, turning it into a celebration of locally grown grapes and locally produced food. This will be the event's fifth year ... More >>
Indeed Brewing Company has announced a new distribution deal that will bring its beer into more Minnesota markets including St. Cloud, Willmar, Little Falls, the Brainerd lakes area, and Bemidji. "We would like to become one of Minnesota's staple craft breweries," says Indeed's Rachel Anderson, "s ... More >>
Minnesotans aren't shy about their love of good craft beer. These days, it seems like everyone's trying to perfect their own special basement brews. However, for those of us who aren't lucky enough to get our fermentation fix on our own, buying craft beer -- both local and national -- is the way to ... More >>
From ales and porters to stouts and lagers, we're crazy about craft beer. And this week, we're especially excited because it's American Craft Beer Week. To celebrate this week-long festival of tasty libations in our neck of the woods, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild are presenting 10,000 Minutes o ... More >>
Mothers' Day is right around the corner. And just in time, the Muddy Pig serves up something that both you and Mom will truly treasure -- beer and artful gifts. On Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the bar will be collaborating with Founders Brewing Company and 14 local artists to present the Arts ... More >>
With the beer business booming in Minnesota, local beer makers are looking to ensure that legislation isn't passed that would infringe on their ability to peddle their wares directly to the consumer market without the aid of a middleman. The campaign is called Save the Growler, and the for ... More >>
Over the past few years new breweries, brewpubs, and contract brews seem to spring up monthly. As so many new companies start up, the market share continues to show room for growth. The Hot Dish sat down with Fulton Brewery's co-owner Brian Hoffman and two pints of the Ringer to talk about Minneso ... More >>
When Minnesotans think of the recent boom in microbrewing, it's hard not to think of the 2005 upstart Surly Brewing, whose distinct marketing, award-winning, and high-demand beers have helped lead the revolution. The brewery has taken the reins on the growing scene, with Surly founder Omar Ansari se ... More >>
Last year around this time I reported with great fanfare that one vendor at the State Fair had decided to put a selection of craft beers on tap. Among them were brews from several Minnesota beer makers. Minnesota beer would finally get a bigger presence at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It was bi ... More >>
As part of its effort to expand into the increasingly popular craft market, MillerCoors has purchased Minneapolis-based Crispin Cider Co., reports the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal. The full details of the deal, including the selling price of the company, have not been re ... More >>
Shaking off the Prohibition-era laws with Surly.Tuesday, May 24, was a historic day for Minnesota craft beer brewers, as efforts spearheaded by Surly Brewing to pass the so-called Surly Bill became law, allowing breweries producing less than 250,000 barrels of beer a year to sell pints on site. ... More >>
Lucky Bucket Brewery launches this weekend in Minnesota.Somehow the word has gotten out that Minnesotans love to drink beer. The list of out-of-state breweries starting distribution here just keeps expanding. In the last two months alone we've welcomed Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, and ... More >>
Here's what's in store for next week's festivities:The second annual Minnesota Craft Beer Week will take place May 13-21 with all sorts of brew-related festivities. More than 40 events are on this year's Craft Beer Week calendar, taking place all over the metro. Participants pay $5 for a Cr ... More >>
Mark RobertsBeer fans savor MN suds at WinterfestThe 2011 Winterfest beer festival sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild took place last Friday night at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. As beer festivals go, Winterfest is an intimate and elegant affair, if you can call 800 p ... More >>
The best of Minnesota beer at WinterfestWinterfest, the annual celebration of home-grown craft beer, returns to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on February 4. Sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and open only to breweries that are current guild members, Winterfest showcases th ... More >>
Seven hundred tickets sold out in less than a minute. Seriously.In spite of its chilly name, Winterfest is the hottest craft beer event of the year: Tickets for the 10th anniversary, 2011 event sold out in less than a minute! But you don't have to miss out. The Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild ... More >>
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Nothing like a steak off the grillMost people who drink wine are not going to pop open a 2000 Chateau Montrose St.-Estephe, a 1998 Fox Creek McClaren Vale, or a 2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen for their casual grilling event with friends. If you do pop these open, make sure I am invited. Fo ... More >>
Mark VlossakMark Vlossak of St. Innocent WineryOf the five most important facets of wine--terroir, vintage, appellation, wine producer, and winemaker--the last is arguably both the most and least important. The winemaker is the most critical factor in what comes out of the bottle, yet all win ... More >>
St. InnocentTemperance Vineyard SiteCan you name five wine producers? Many casual wine drinkers might mention Robert Mondavi, Sutter Home, Beringer, Coppola, or Kendall Jackson. But what about Monchhof, St. Innocent, and Felsina? In the fourth of a series of Wine 101 topics (which includes terro ... More >>
Michael MeekMeek Family Estates Yakima ValleyI met Michael Meek two years ago as he was about to release his first vintage of Meek Family Estates. As a resident of Minnetonka, Michael realized that to make world-class wines you need to head west, and his location in Yakima Valley, Washington ... More >>
The liquid libations created by Odell Brewing are making a big splash this week as they launch in the Twin Cities market. Starting today, the Colorado-based brewery's founder, Doug Odell, and head brewer, Joe Mohrfeld, will be attending a whopping *30* different beer-related tastings/dinners/ ... More >>
One question I love to ask wine drinkers is: "What is 'vintage'?" Some people respond with "old," or the year the wine was bottled, or the year the grapes were picked. In this Wine 101 post, I'll explain the importance of vintage talk about how winemakers can create good wine in almost any year. ... More >>
Ernst LoosenWehlener Sonnenuhr on the Mosel RiverOn a bottle of wine there is so much information, with some items being extremely important while some meet just meet legal requirements. Over the next five Wine 101 blogs I will explain five of the most important wine concepts in the world: t ... More >>
Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary wine? Here are bottles made in odd places or from obscure grapes, recommended by Solo Vino.
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