Last week, Draft Magazine put out its annual list of the 100 best beer bars in America and this year two Twin Cities bars have again made the grade: Minneapolis's Republic and St. Paul's Happy Gnome. This is the fifth year in a row that the Happy Gnome has made the brew-centric list and it also ... More >>
October is officially over and with it the end of Oktoberfest celebrations and Marzen beer releases. Not to worry. This next brew season is all about the stouts and porters, the bigger bolder brothers of the beers that came before. The Russian imperials, the coffee-infused, and the chocolate-forward ... More >>
If your New Year's Resolution involved dialing back your booze intake, you might want to sit this Week in Food out, because we've got a bourbon dinner, a California wine dinner, and a celebration of Harriet Brewing's first anniversary all in the span of this January week.
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin
Danielle LenzForks = totally overrated.There's something about eating with your hands that's incredibly satisfying. Sure, it can be messy, but that's all part of the fun, especially when it comes to Ethiopian food. We rolled up our sleeves and dug into the sampler platters at Minneapolis's B ... More >>
Spanning the globeThe Hot Dish spans the globe to bring you this week's most important food items. With luck, this selection of stories will be spicy enough to heat up a wintery weekend.Go forkless for this Ethiopian throwdown comparing Blue Nile and Fasika's sample platters.Get your learn on wit ... More >>
Free Harriet Brewing beer at the Blue NileHarriet Brewing Company, the newest craft brewery in the Twin Cities metro, is having a launch party next Wednesday, February 9, at the Blue Nile. Harriet officially opened its doors last Saturday with growler sales at the brewery. Judging from photos ... More >>
Surly is five!Five years ago this month, Omar Ansari and Todd Haug launched Surly Brewing--a named that represents the anger they felt when trying to find good beer. They're celebrating their anniversary with a month of fan-appreciation parties, hosted by some of the bars and restaurants that ... More >>
Say cheese at Ginger Hop. Beer is the name of the game this week, punctuated with wild game, cheese, and pork five ways this Week in Food. Monday 1/10 There are more than 800 kinds of beers made in Belgium. Get a start on trying them all at Blue Nile, which will devote half of its taps to Bel ... More >>
Harriet Brewing Company Harriet Brewing Company opening in Minneapolisisn'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 >>
Digital SextantThe first of the month is never kind on the wallet. Here at Freeloader Friday, we share you pain. Fortunately, the Twin Cities hosts tons of free events throughout the city each weekend. Our list this week includes art shows celebrating Alfred Hitchcock, Duluth, and a world without ... More >>
Gloria's Lobotomy by Rudy FigThere's never a week in the Twin Cities without great free stuff to do. This week's hot happenings include an incredible lineup at the Pizza Luce Block Party (Brother Ali! Dessa! Pink Mink!), sugary sweet art by Rudy Fig and Jeff Warner over at the Gallery at Fox Tax, ... More >>
What's the hops?This Saturday and Sunday, the Blue Nile is devoting all its taps to "that little herb called humulus lupulus," for Hop Heads Only. While we appreciate insanely hoppy beers for their fragrant, grapefruit aromas, and bitter bite, we also dig their brash attitude. According to th ... More >>
ardiii/flickrJust don't try to drink beer out of your helmet, trust us--that doesn't workThis weekend you can live the dream: Get exercise and drink beer simultaneously. There is not one but two bike and beer crawls taking place on Sunday, for twice the fun.
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Photo by Nikki MillerTwo popular local psych rock bands, Vampire Hands and Daughters of the Sun, are preparing to leave on a massive month and a half tour of the US. The two bands are also getting ready to release a split 7-inch (preview the first track on the Modern Radio site), which will drop ... More >>
One national beer magazine thinks the Blue Nile is the best beer bar in Minneapolis. We beg to differ.
You will be hard-pressed to find a more diverse, energized, and positive crowd.
The Blue Nile once again proves its beer prowess with brew-centric events every weekend this month.
The beloved psych-rock quartet hits the road in March with daring noise rocker Wavves.
Immigrant dreams, dirty dancing, and the revolution: Meet the new Latin hip hop of Maria Isa and Danny y Elliot
Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.
Getting by with local spoken-word and hip-hop queen Desdamona
In which a song makes me feel mighty real
Meet the greatest Togolese Afrofunk bandleader in Minnesota
Two buildings, one loan: A tragedy in three acts
From playing for the Pope to inaugurating The Body, Guinean-born master drummer Fodé Bangoura is both international legend and local discovery
One family's jump into Ethiopian cuisine.