• 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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    July 10, 2012

    How to brew iced coffee at home [RECIPE]

    The hot accessory for summer is a mason jar filled with craft-brewed iced coffee. Many of our favorite coffee shops are now selling growlers of their iced brew. The only drawback is that they take the DIY satisfaction out of the brew process (not to mention, some of these options are a bit steep in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Minneapolis among top 10 cities for drinking craft beer

    Falling under the category of "things we already could have guessed without conducting a market research study", a new market research study from Scarborough Research shows that Minneapolis is one of the top 10 cities in America for drinking microbrews, particularly those that are locally made, repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    How I learned to stop complaining and love the Mojito

    The Mojito is a classic summer cocktail. Its origins lie in Cuba, but the specifics (like many cocktails) are debated. Some believe that African slaves working in the sugar cane fields created an early version of the drink in the late 1800s as a way to beat the island heat. Others contend that the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Republic to add 25 new taps by May

    If you're already a fan of their happy hour specials, fish tacos, and garlic confit burger, you'll be pleased to learn that Republic at Seven Corners plans to add another 25 taps to its already wide selection of draft beers by May.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Winterfest ticket giveaway

    Winterfest is THE hot ticket of the Twin Cities beer-fest year. A showcase for members of the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild, it is open only to Minnesota breweries. They are all trying to out-do each other in a friendly competition for bragging rights to the best beer in the state, so ever brewer b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Top 5 brewpubs in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities have a great and growing beer scene. I've spent the last year traveling the upper Midwest visiting breweries and tasting brews. I've been to about 130 and can say with some authority that the beers brewed in the Twin Cities are among the best in the region. We've got some great brewp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Top 10 martinis in the Twin Cities

    ​Life keeps getting better for Twin Cities cocktail lovers. New and exciting craft cocktails are being conceived, and classic cocktails are being rediscovered. No list of classic cocktails would be complete without the martini.It's clean, elegant, sexy, and its simplicity is part of it genius. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Meritage's New Year's Day plans feature new brunch menu, drink specials

    ​Chef Russell Klein is hitting the refresh button on brunch just in time for 2012. With classic favorites and a few surprises, the revamped menu will be on full display at Meritage's New Year's Day Brunch--complete with2-for-1 drink specials to cure any excess Auld Lang Syne-ing.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Top 10 coffeehouses in the Twin Cities

    ​The second wave of coffee awareness has seized the Cities.  Where once we happily sipped diner swill for $1.50, when we were introduced to Starbucks the coffee snob revolution began. Now we have single-cup brewing of fair trade beans and elegant surroundings in which to savor them.  We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail: a new twist on an old classic

    Cafe Maude's Bronx Cocktail ​Bronx Cocktail $10 Cafe Maude 5411 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis 612.822.5411 Its been said that there are no new cocktails, only new ways of making old ones. I don't believe that's true, but I am always impressed when someone takes a drink I know well and really makes i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Top 5 Thanksgiving wines

    Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. Food and football. The meal is built around turkey, but it's the side dishes, traditional to your family and friends and as varied or exotic as your friends and family, that make the meal. Thanksgiving Day dinner offers wine lovers a unique challenge as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Dean's Kombucha is looking for investors

    Deane's Kombucha wants you to invest in its future​For a while last year it seemed doubtful that Deane's Kombucha would survive. The St. Paul-based maker of fermented tea beverages started by Bryan Bertsch in 2009 was well on its way to success when the federal government suddenly discovered t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    W.A. Frost will host Anti-Nouveau Beaujolais tasting this Thursday

    There's more to Beaujolais wines than Nouveau​On Thursday, November 17, while celebrations of the release of Beaujolais Nouveau take place across town (most prominently at the Jeune Lune Event Center), W. A. Frost and Company will be inviting wine lovers to explore the lesser-known wines of Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Beaujolais Nouveau is coming: Here's where to celebrate like the French

    All Beaujolais is not nouveau, bit it's a reason to have a good timeNovember 17! Mark your calendar. The third Thursday of November is the traditional debut of the world's freshest, least pretentious wine: Beaujolais Nouveau. One of the best places to celebrate this year may be at the Jeune Lune Ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Halloween vintage cocktails: Blood red, boozy, and scary good [RECIPE]

    The Jack Rose, and the Rose​It's Halloween weekend, and many a cauldron will be smoking with witches' brew. While most Halloween cocktail recipes are quite grotesque in a not-good way (think Bailey's Irish Cream with strawberry schnapps floating on top), we have an entirely different set of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Top 5 books for wine lovers

    ​Wine can be an intimidating subject for many people. With so many wines, varietals, vintages, and regions, it can be hard to know where to start. What's the difference between chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc? Why are American wines categorized by grape variety and French wines by region? Was 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Do wine and chocolate mix? A few tips on pairing

    The combination of chocolate and red wine often sets similar qualities against one-another​Pairing wine and food is often a puzzle, and the question of what wine goes best with chocolate seems to come up fairly often. For some, chocolate and red wine are both so delightful that any combination ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    I Nonni wine tasting October 30

    I Nonni's wine shop and restaurant offer elite Italian bottlings ​I Nonni Osteria in Lilydale is set to host its annual wine tasting, showcasing the very finest Italian wine available in our market, some of it only available at I Nonni. The tasting will take place Sunday, October 30, from 3 to 6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Top 5 local Oktoberfest beers

    Sure, we're a state full of Scandinavians, but that doesn't mean we can't party like the beer-swigging Germans when October rolls around. Which beers should be filling your stein this time of year? Five local breweries offer the Oktoberfest experience for a limited time, and we're ready to weigh in.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Twin Cities Coffee Guild website debuts as a hub for local java info

    www.twincitiescoffeeguild.comThe newest coffee klatch: TC Coffee Guild.​Gordon Bellaver, manager and part owner of Bull Run coffee shop at 34th and Lyndale, says his inspiration to start a Twin Cities Coffee Guild began one day several months ago when he was at another local coffee shop. He ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 14, 2011
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    September 13, 2011

    Killebrew sodas batting 0-2 in quality control

    Harmon Killebrew's legacy lives on in these bottles. ​Who doesn't want to root for a hometown hero, especially when it's a root beer? Old Fashioned Killebrew sodas--root beer and cream soda--are part of famed Minnesota baseball player Harmon Killebrew's legacy. When Harmon's son brought the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Clearwater Beer Festival in Altoona, Wisconsin: An easy beer road trip

    Clearwater Beer Festival offers an alternative to sold-out local fests​Didn't get tickets to tomorrow's Surlyfest? Missed out on Summit's silver anniversary tickets too? Maybe you're just looking to get out of town. Well, beer fans, don't despair. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has a beer festival opp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    September is beer fest month in the Twin Cities

    Mark RobertsBeer fests abound this month in the Twin Cities​Grab your goblets and get a good protein base in your gut. It's going to be a marathon month for beer fans in the Twin Cities. Every weekend holds something big, including two Saturdays with two events each. This Saturday kicks it off ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 10, 2011

    Kombucha's PR Problem

    Is it a health drink? An alcoholic beverage? It depends on who you ask.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Joia Sodas introduce gourmet soft drinks designed by local bartender

    Mixologist Dan Oskey of the Strip Club created wild new flavors like "Lime, Hibiscus & Clove." ​When a mixologist of extraordinary flavor-pairing skills teams with several adept and accomplished marketing minds, amazing things happen. Such is the case with Joia--All Natural Sodas. Seeing a lac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    This year's Autumn Brew Review will be twice the fun

    Tickets go on sale July 15th​This is the 11th year for Autumn Brew Review, the big fall beer festival sponsored by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and held in September on the grounds of the old Grain Belt Brewery in Northeast. Each year the Brew Review features the best that Minnesota brewe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Red Stag's Sazerac: A New Orleans-inspired drink of the week

    Michelle LeonRed Stag's amber glow.​Sazerac$9Red Stag Supperclub509 First Avenue NE., Minneapolis, 612.767.7766website Like the martini, Manhattan, or old-fashioned, the sazerac is another pre-Prohibition cocktail, this one originating in New Orleans, that everyone claims as having the "orig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    The Macallan 55 at St. Paul Grill: a super fancy drink of the week

    Fifty-five years old and $750 a glass.​The Macallan 55$750 a glassThis Drink of the Week should probably be described in the voice of Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, so image that. The Macallan 55 is a Highland single-malt scotch whisky, meaning this little sip has been aged i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Get hoppy about Minnesota Craft Beer Week this week in food

    Frosty​This week in food is awash in lagers, IPAs, and stouts thanks to Minnesota Craft Beer Week and the Stillwater Brewer's Bazaar. If you're a beer lover, this is the perfect week to call in sick to work.

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Bull Run's latte art throwdown crowns a winner

    The site of some fierce competition​The huddle of plaid smokers in front of Bull Run Coffee at 10:00 p.m. was the first clue that something unusual was going on Thursday at the coffeehouse on Lyndale Avenue. As the Hot Dish crossed the threshold, a serious coffee crowd was enjoying the sounds of S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Bull Run Coffee hosts latte art throwdown

    Bull Run takes latte art to the limit.​Bull Run Coffee's new shop at 3346 Lyndale Avenue S. has already been open one month and will be celebrating with a grand opening party and latte art "throwdown" this Thursday. The shop will be hosting a special guest, coffee-geek guru Michael Phillips, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Minnesota Craft Beer Week is May 13-21

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    St. Paul Grill Scotch Club offers prix-fixe pairing dinner

    Pair scotch with food at the St. Paul Grill. ​The St. Paul Grill's celebrates the first anniversary of its Scotch Club by offering a prix-fixe dinner menu from May 16-26. The four-course dinner is available to Scotch Club members for $49.95, plus tax and gratuity--if you're not yet a member yo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 20, 2011
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    April 19, 2011

    Jelly Shot Test Kitchen's super cool cocktail gels

    Courtesy of JSTKMichelle Palm loves this one...​With a City Pages photo shoot, an upcoming book, and a website that's been getting all kinds of acclaim, Jelly Shot Test Kitchen is having an amazing year. It's the brain child of Edina resident Michelle Palm, whose stunning gelatin cocktails and top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Summit Unchained #6: An interview with brewer Damian McConn

    Mark RobertsBrewer Damian McConn and his Gold Sovereign Ale​Earlier this month Summit Brewing Company released the sixth beer in its Unchained Series. Gold Sovereign Ale is an English IPA brewed according to a 19th-century recipe but using modern ingredients and brewing processes. In crafting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Edina Grill's petite cocktails make it the happy hour of the week

    Land of petite happy hour cocktails​Edina Grill5028 France Ave S., Edina952.927.7933Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m.$3 Kenwood Table red and white$3 Summit Pilsner and Ranger IPA bottles$3 Petite cocktails: tropical mint, rum punch, cucumber agave martini, spiked pear, sweet and spicy m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Surly asks fans for help changing laws

    Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approval​When Surly Brewing Company announced plans for a new $20-million brewery complex last week the Twin Cities beer world exploded with excitement. This wasn't going to be just any brewery; this was going to be a "destination brewery" complete with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Winterfest 2011 reveals trends for Minnesota beer

    Mark RobertsBeer fans savor MN suds at Winterfest​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Tea-infused booze warms up the Aster Cafe

    A row of dazzling tea infused liquors​Sure it's cozy and cute up in the Aster Cafe, but it's kinda cold and you don't feel like making the trip. That's fine, but you'll be missing out on their tea-infused booze. Sitting neatly up behind the bar, the liquors' jewel and amber tones speak to you, lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Winterfest showcases the best of the best of Minnesota-brewed beer

    The best of Minnesota beer at Winterfest​Winterfest, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Harriet Brewing Co., Minneapolis's newest brewery, gets ready to launch

    Harriet Brewing Company Harriet Brewing Company opening in Minneapolis​isn't just the latest entry into the burgeoning Minnesota beer scene, it's also the first new non-brewpub brewery in the city of Minneapolis since the Grain Belt Brewery closed in 1975. The brand-new brewery is housed in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Top 5 happy hours of 2010

    by Marsha TrainerThe writing's on the wall.​The Twin Cities are home to many killer happy hours in a variety of venues. In the Upper Midwest, snazzy joints are just as likely to discount their cocktails in the early evening as your friendly local dive bar. The Hot Dish has been diligently visiting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Sommelier Leslee Miller picks great holiday wines

    Courtesy of AmuséeLeslee Miller gives us her picks.​It's holiday time, and we're sure you've bought all your gifts and are getting ready for an onslaught of family and friends. You've got the turkey ordered, your sides planned, and even that amazing dessert is partially completed and tucked in yo ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Mrs. Kelly's Tea gives free tasting this weekend

    Liz PotasekSample 100 different varieties of Mrs. Kelly's custom blended tea this weekend.​Keep that pinkie finger planted firmly on your tea cup. While coffee seems to be getting snobbier by the day in this town, one local tea distributor sets out to prove that tea is not fussy. Meet Mrs. Kelly, ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Almond Bubble Tea from Pham's Deli soothes the holiday hurries

    Mmmmmm almond bubble tea​Almond Bubble Tea$3.75Pham's Deli - Midtown Global Market920 East Lake St., Minneapolis612-870-2622It's the run up to that turkey- and family-heavy holiday. You know the one. If you're not hurriedly packing to catch a flight, then you're running out to the store to pick u ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Steepery Tea Bar by the Tea Garden opens in Woodbury

    It's tea time in Woodbury!​Can you believe that just a decade ago, most Twin Citians wouldn't have known bubble tea from bubble gum? The Tea Garden is already eight years old, and it just opened its sixth location, a shop in Woodbury called the Steepery Tea Bar. Steepery offers more than 50 v ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Four Loko banned in New York

    "Blackout in a can" gets banned.​Following on the footsteps of regulators in Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington, the New York State Liquor Authority has banned the sale and distribution of alcoholic energy drinks, like Four Loko and Joose, as of November 19 (Utah's state-run alcoholic beverage ... More >>

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