• Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    How to Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau in the Twin Cities

    Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! Today, fans around the world will be celebrating the arrival of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 -- a young and playful wine fresh off the vines from the southernmost tip of Burgundy. See also: Twin Cities Wine Guru, Bill Summerville, on His Collection for Sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    A Guide to Vegan and Biodynamic Wines in the Twin Cities

    We are fortunate here in the Twin Cities. Our fair homeland boasts a veritable cornucopia of culinary selections, catering to every possible dietary restriction, adventurous palate, and food trend. It seems that there is hardly a restaurant without a handful of menu items devoted to the gluten-avers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Dessert Wines to Try and Where to Buy in the Twin Cities

    People love wine. People love dessert. It seems fairly logical that dessert wine would be an incredibly popular thing to put in a glass after dinner. While not exactly under-appreciated, the world of dessert wine could be described as at least a bit under-explored. Fortified wines such as Vermouth, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    The 10 Best Minnesota IPAs

    India Pale Ale: The name alone brings location to mind. It's a beer of varied style and story. From floral West Coast ales to malt-forward British IPAs and fruity-nosed Belgian IPAs, each IPA has a sense of place in its recipe. Minnesota IPAs are no exception. We sipped our way through this most po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    How to order coffee without sounding like a tool

    I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Verdant's new menu puts a local spin on Chinese street food, adds tea-infused cocktails

    When Verdant Tea opened its doors last year, it was clear that owners Lily and David Duckler were setting the bar high for themselves, offering an exhaustive list of quality teas and rotating house-made kombucha flavors. Verdant recently set the bar even higher. When Birchwood Cafe closed for reno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Verdant Tea expands to a full menu with cocktails

    Minneapolis tea house Verdant Tea is diving into the world of food and booze, and their tried-and-true brews are taking center stage. As of July 11, Verdant serves a full food menu and will add on a cocktail bar by the end of summer. The menu offers five to six meals centered around a specific regi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    9 local breweries compete to create special Wilderness Act beers

    Brews and Canoes, a beer-themed celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Act, is approaching, and to celebrate the milestone, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (FBWW) put out a call to Minnesota's commercial brewers to submit special brews that reflect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Taproom Cinema event series combines local beers and cult classics

    Americans are always on the lookout for new ways to enliven their film-watching experiences. Movies at the park are great on nice days, but mother nature is always capable of turning family fun into great escapes from torrential downpours or mosquito hell. VIP seating at the theater is always an opt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Are cocktail rooms the next taprooms?

    Let's paint a scene: You enter a bar and grab a seat. You're handed a copy of the latest menu, hot off the press. As you peruse the menu, you notice a variety of choice cocktails crafted from house-made liquors. You make your choice, order, sit back and revel in a refined experience designed with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Why we hate the tableside pour-over coffee service

    When pour-over coffee first became "a thing," it seemed like a breath of pure oxygen amid the slowly fading '90s coffee culture of no-foam, half-caf, and whipped cream-topped. Its process is transparent, allows for control over a number of variables, and can easily be adapted for a single drinker. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Solo Vino's Chuck Kanski has the list of best bubbly wine for your Fourth of July

    Independence Day is upon us, which means hot weather, grilling, fireworks, and adding fizz to all that sizzle with the addition of a sparkling wine or two (or three). Bubblies are food-friendly chillers that can give your red, white, and blue festivities an extra pop of excitement. Don't just take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    New Belgium and Odell collaborate on a summery pale ale

    This week we're sipping FOCOllaboration, an American pale ale with a copper color and a thin but consistent head. The joint project of New Belgium and Odell Brewing, FOCOllaboration Ale is one of the best beers we've had recently from this pair of the biggest and brightest names in Fort Collins, CO. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Minnesota's craft beer boom is the focus of new documentary film

    Remember a time before weekly brew updates and brewery crawls? A time before Minnesota passed the Surly Bill and opened up a world of taprooms and destination breweries? It feels like a distant memory, but it was really just a few years ago, in 2011, the same year local filmmaker Dave Okar set out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The Hendrick's at Five Watt: Our new favorite drink blends cold press and cocktail bitters

    Hendrick'sFive Watt Coffee$5Recently cocktail bitters have been popping up in donuts (Glam Doll) and ice cream (Sweet Science), and adding all kinds of new, intoxicating flavors in beverages (hello, toasted coconut bitters at Hola Arepa), but Five Watt Coffee in Kingfield might just be the first in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    10 reasons why your barista hates you

    Your barista hates you. We're sure that became clear the first time you ordered a no-foam latte and didn't tip, but it's worth repeating. Since Hot Dish cares about your well-being and wants to foster healthy relationships between you and the people you deal with in the service industry, we've compi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The best wines for your Memorial Day weekend

    It's finally balmy here in the Twin Cities, so this Memorial Day will mean picnics, grills, and all manner of outdoor eats. Of course, someone will show up with the obvious beverage choice -- beer -- but what about wine? What quaffs will go well with your holiday grub?  To find the answer, we w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Breweries craft wilderness-themed beers for Boundary Waters "Brews and Canoes" contest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Mantorville Brewing on the state of the beer industry: "This thing's going all local"

    Last month Hot Dish spoke with Mantorville/Stagecoach Brewing's owner Tod Fyten about the brand. Fyten currently owns three separate microbreweries (Mantorville, St. Croix, and Fytenburg) and has deep roots in the industry. His grandfather worked for Jacob Schmidt and he's been in the biz since coll ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2014
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    April 29, 2014

    Town Hall to serve free holy beer at Blessing of the Maibock Saturday

    You finally have an excuse to drink beer and be holier-than-thou: This Saturday, Town Hall is hosting the Blessing of the Maibock at all three of its locations. Based on a centuries-old monastic tradition, the blessing of the Maibock is officially our favorite rite of spring, a celebration where the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    MN brewers win 6 medals at World Beer Cup

    Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Fifth annual Savor Minnesota event in Shakopee celebrates local wine

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Town Hall Brewery's Barrel Aged Week starts today

    After closing shop for a 14-week remodel, Town Hall Brewery, the Seven Corners institution and a senior brewpub in the state, reopened last week -- just in time for their annual Barrel Aged Week, a celebration of limited edition barrel-aged beers. See also: Take a peek inside the remodeled Town Hal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Pisco the Night Away at the Rookery: We're breaking curfew with this drink of the week

    Pisco the Night Away The Rookery $11 You hear it before you see it: raucous music blaring and cheerful light spilling from tall flung open windows -- you've made it to the party on an otherwise sedate and sleepy main drag in Robbinsdale. Being at Travail and the Rookery feels like being a fly on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Ask Hot Dish: Where can I get a Flat White?

    We at the Hot Dish love helping eaters find the perfect dining or drinking experience. In a new ongoing series, we'll be answering your most pressing food- and drink-related questions. If you've got a query, email us and you might see your question and our answer here. I just moved back to the Twin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Watermelon Crawl at Boneyard Kitchen & Bar: Head south of the Mason-Dixon with this drink of the week

    Watermelon Crawl Boneyard Kitchen & Bar $10.95 You remember summer, don't you? Denim cut-offs and dips in the lake, frosty brews and cooking things outside over an open flame? Boneyard will make you a believer in warmth and happiness again with its down-home Dixie look and feel. From the chicken wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Extraction Coffee Co. brings cold brewed coffee to your doorstep

    The milkman is a quaint symbol of times gone by, but we've got other delivery services in mind. As we gear up for a spring spent sipping iced coffee on the patio, we have our sights trained on Extraction Coffee Co., a new cold brewed coffee delivery service.After a successful Kickstarter campaign la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Dustin Brau of Brau Brothers Brewing on the craft beer boom, soda, and guilty pleasure beer

    At a recent tasting event held at the Roseville location of Cellar's Wine & Spirits, Brau Brothers Brewing Co. head brewer, Dustin Brau, talked to an audience of craft beer enthusiasts while offering up samples of several varieties of their craft brewed beers. We had the opportunity to catc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub offers beer frozen at -11 degrees

    Last night Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub introduced a very limited supply beer: Polar Vortex Eisbock. The beer comes from freezing their Doppelbock, which concentrates the alcohol and changes the beer's complexion. This batch packs a 10.4% ABV (as compared to the Doppelbock's 8.3%). See also: Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Drink rare beers for charity at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest

    On March 29, the Minnesota History Center will host Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, a charitable beer festival that doubles as an awareness/fundraising event for Pints for Prostates. Thirty breweries will be on hand, including ten locals, each of whom will highlight rare, one-off, and vintage beers. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Growler and pint punch cards being offered for local breweries

    With so many new breweries opening, the biggest question consumers face is "How can I try them all?" The Minnesota Brewer's Association is looking to make that easier -- and cheaper too -- with a new series of growler and pint punch cards. See also: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin: Who brews the best beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    How to make the perfect Aviation [RECIPE]

    Sometimes a girl just wants a Cosmopolitan. The sweet boozy elixir, balanced with just a little lime goes down like punch and kicks the party into gear. The only problem is sometimes you also find yourself at a craft cocktail establishment where drinks like the Cosmopolitan are unnecessarily derided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Meet the Wisconsin micro-distillery Minnesota distillers cite as their inspiration

    Paul Werni has learned how to spot them: the people who come to him with the dream of opening up a micro-distillery of their own.On tours, they're the ones who ask a lot of questions. After the tour is over, they approach Werni and ask even more."I had a gentleman come out here this week from the Tw ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 15, 2014

    Local Spirits: A look at Twin Cities micro-distillers

    Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Coming soon: Summit beer in a can

    Summit Brewing has announced plans for a canning line, starting production next year. While no specific plans are public yet, the brewery expects to can around three of their already established brews sometime in the second quarter of 2014, selling them in a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans. The cans will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Town Hall's Mike Hoops on the challenges facing brewpubs

    Minnesota's craft brew scene is booming right now. However, the 1990s also saw an increase in Minnesota beer production, only to then see most of those companies wither on the vine. One of the survivors, Town Hall Brewery not only has supplied talented staff to many of the current start-ups, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Big Wood Brewery on Morning Wood and how to stand out on the shelf

    The makers of the award-winning Morning Wood coffee stout, Big Wood Brewery, clearly don't take themselves too seriously. But there's more to the name than a double entendre. Big Wood's origins tie to owner Steve Merila's past in the wood flooring industry, where he began brewing beers on the side t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Minnesota breweries take home top prizes at the Great American Beer Festival

    This past weekend in Denver, Colorado, brewers and beer enthusiasts turned out in droves from all over the country to sample submissions and select America's best beers at the Great American Beer Festival. From the nearly 5,000 individual beers entered for evaluation at the largest commercial b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Whistler Soda: "Bring back the soda of the '50s, '60s, and '70s"

    It's always sort of a novelty when you go to places like Brasa, La Loma, or Gorkha Palace and they have Mexican Coke in a bottle. It's impossible not to order one of these sodas for at least two good reasons: First, pure cane sugar soda tastes way better. Second, there's just something fun and class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul

    If the resounding "Shhh!" of librarians doesn't quite motivate you, and you need a little more hustle-bustle in the background as you work, there's no place like a coffee shop. No matter how hard you brainstorm during the day, sometimes genius strikes only after dark; so we found a few St. Paul ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis

    Whether you're a student up late trying to cram for your next test, a writer trying to finish that last chapter, or just about anyone who likes the calm, nighttime ambiance of coffee shops, you know it can be difficult to find a good spot to work after dusk. Fortunately for you, we've done the locat ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 18, 2013

    Sweet Science Ice Cream's good chemistry

    Artisan ice cream maker finds a home and inspiration at Verdant Tea Room

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Sip on Wine and Watch "A Year in Burgundy" with the Alliance Française

    Do you know what sets Burgundy wines apart from those made in Bordeaux, Napa Valley, or Tuscany? Not all wines are created equal, and even the most experienced oenophile can use a little brushing up on those wine-tasting skills every once in a while. This October, join the Alliance Française in r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    New Bohemia to host Oktoberfest

    Fall is on the way and that means it's time to break out the lederhosen. Oktoberfest celebrations are nearly and the folks at New Bohemia Wurst Bierhause in Nordeast are ready to kick up their heels, slap some knees and toss back a few brews. Here's the low down on their weekend long bash.See Also ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 7, 2013

    Bluestem Bar & Table thrives on organic fare

    The new endeavor from French Meadow hides behind its greatest draw: A responsibly sourced menu

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Win free beer for life at Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub

    Free stuff is the best... but what's better than that? Free stuff for life. The folks at Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub are up to their old tricks again and offering one lucky person brews on the house forever. See also: Smokehouse Brewpub offers free beer for life Northbound Smokehouse: Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Where to have a very hoppy IPA Day in the Twin Cities

    As if we needed an official day to pay homage to the smooth, delightfully bitter taste of IPA... and yet, here we are, counting down until our first sip on this hoppy holiday. We've rounded up some local places you can pay your respects to one of the craftiest beers around. So get out there, hold yo ... More >>

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