• 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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
  • Blogs

    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 >>

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