• 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

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Open today: New tea house Verdant takes a leaf from microbrewery culture

    At first, David and Lily Duckler just needed a commercial kitchen for their rapidly-expanding online tea business, a place where they could store their stock and brew their chai. But in April, they signed a lease at 2111 East Franklin -- the old Seward Co-op space -- and their plans started ballooni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Minnesota contributes to the thriving craft beer industry: By the numbers

    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 >>

  • News

    June 12, 2013

    The state of Minnesota beer

    Drinking in the new local breweries sprouting up around town

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Dangerous Man Brewing: The face of a business

    Rob Miller had been homebrewing for 10 years. He'd long dreamt of a running a neighborhood brewery -- not one that pumps out case after case and is then shipped away via distributor, but one that held the comforts of a corner bar. However, the law wasn't on his side. Instead, he took another job, wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Get cheap tickets for the 2013 City Pages Beer Festival!

    Celebrate one of the defining markers of summer with us by hanging outside with old friends and new acquaintances, listening to live music with a brew in hand at the City Pages Beer Festival. Join us in raising a glass to the 21st year of the festival on Saturday, June 1, on the cheap. Find out how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Lift Bridge talks expansion and the birth of Farm Girl saison

    Forebears of Minnesota's young craft brewing class, Lift Bridge Beer Company are already celebrating their fifth year. The growing brewery in Stillwater has room to grow, and they continue to do so, having just purchased three fermentors that will allow up to a 30 percent increase in production on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Weekend Events

    Finally, it's Friday, it's the start of Art-A-Whirl, and it's time to celebrate the end of Craft Beer Week with a cold brew or two... or more. With dozens of events, tappings, and releases going on all weekend, we picked a handful of events that are sure to be filled to the brim with fun and hops.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Wednesday Events

    You've made it over the mid-week uphill battle, and it's time to go treat yourself to something ice-cold, refreshing, and definitely full o' hops. Since it's Craft Beer Week, this is the week to go out and indulge in some new craft beers and meet the brewing geniuses behind the beer. We've compile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer 2013: Monday Events

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Second-annual Spring Ale Fest this weekend

    As the craft beer boom continues to widen the availability of premium suds, the festivals continue to grown and change. Beer geeks can find plenty to get excited about at this weekend's second annual Spring Ale Fest, held at Uppercut Gym in northeast Minneapolis. We spoke with event organizer Connor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Great Waters brewpub: "It's never a straight path"

    The current craft brewing growth isn't Minnesota's first brewery boom. The mid 1990s also saw an uptick in production of local brews, one that can teach the new startups some lessons--at least from those who survived. Great Waters Brewing Company in downtown St. Paul has seen a lot in its 17 years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Solo Vino fifth-annual rosé-tasting tickets go on sale

    Spring is ready to bloom bright and rosy as another annual sign of warmer weather arrives. Tickets for Solo Vino's annual tasting of blush-colored wines throughout the world are now on sale. For the fifth year, the giant tent will be raised in the St. Paul parking lot of the wine shop, but this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Brau Brothers getting ready for move to Marshall

    Brau Brothers Brewing Company is clear about its origins, proudly printing "population 220" for all to see on its original logo. However, as the brewery grows, obstacles have risen, and relocation is afoot for the 15-year-old company, now based in tiny Lucan, Minnesota. Brau Brothers started in 1998 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Von Schleinitz Riesling at Kings Wine Bar: A wintery white drink of the week

    Von Schleinitz Riesling 2008 Kings Wine Bar $9/glass, $27/bottle What else is there to do when faced with layers of sheer ice on every walking surface but granny-shuffle into the nearest neighborhood bar for some liquid relief? If that local watering hole happens to be the decidedly undivey Kings W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Beer maker Nathan Berndt: Brewing "the Indeed way" in Northeast

    There's no doubt about it, the Minnesota brew scene is booming. Indeed Brewing Company, which first opened its doors last winter, was the first brewery in northeast Minneapolis. Now there are three. The Hot Dish caught up with co-owner Nathan Berndt to talk about the company he helped found with lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Top 10 wine bars in the Twin Cities

    Spending an evening at a great wine bar is one of life's most elegant, refined, and enjoyable dining experiences. Whether you're rediscovering a favorite wine; exploring little traveled regions, wineries, or varietals; seeking a perfect match of food and beverage; or just relaxing in good company, T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Schell's: brewing German-style beer for 152 years

    August-Schell Brewery is Minnesota's oldest operating brewery and the second-oldest family-run brewery in the United States (Yuengling in Pennsylvania is first). The New Ulm-based brewery has seen a lot of hard times, surviving the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Prohibition, and a number of other historic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Beer fests abound in and around the Twin Cities

    The proliferation of beer fests in and around the Twin Cities is getting intense. You can't turn around anymore without tripping over at least one celebration of suds. They are getting so thick that most weekends offer more than one to choose from. I've spent the last three Saturdays imbibing at som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Smokehouse Brewpub opens Thursday

    See Also:Smokehouse Brewpub offers free beer for lifeTop 5 brewpubs in the Twin CitiesLast year, before their beer was even brewing, the owners of the soon-to-open Smokehouse Brewpub made waves with their "free beer for life" offer to any investor who made a donation of $1,000 or more. After nearly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Minnesota-brewed beer is big at this year's State Fair

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Twin Cities Beer Fest this Saturday at the MOA

    In the mood for a beer fest this weekend? Of course you are. If you missed out on tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison, Wisconsin, there is a fest you can hit right here at home. Last summer's Minneapolis Beer Fest is making a comeback with a new name and a new location. Now sporting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Celebrate IPA Day today with free pints at Woolley's

    See also:Tonka Beer: Saving Minnesota lakes one beer at a timeSince way back in 2011, this day, August 2, has been nationally recognized as IPA Day. This holiday is a very special time when craft beer drinkers come together and celebrate this brightly bitter, iconic ale. If you'd like to pay yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Biella hosts Lake Minnetonka dinner cruises

    Even though it's been a beastly hot summer, Minnesotans would be wise to take advantage of outdoor dining opportunities when they present themselves, before autumn takes hold.  Still, sitting on a stifling hot patio is a bit of a hard sell this month. However, Biella Italian restaurant in Excel ... More >>

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