If you're in the market for a lighter IPA drinking experience, look no further than the Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. A citrusy IPA that minimizes the hop bitterness by contrasting with a heavy and aromatic dose of Citra, Mosaic, and Nugget hops, Fresh Squeezed offers a ... More >>
Sometimes you just gotta eat. When racked with an impatient, irrational hunger, the rigmarole of parking the car, getting a table, pondering menus as thick and impenetrable as a quarterly prospectus, waiting for your food when you run out of things to say, and remembering to use your knife and fork ... More >>
Minnesota is for carnivores. Steaks, burgers, and brats paired with some kind of bread and some kind of side are staples of our summertime diet. But it's easy to get caught in a rut and tire of the too-familiar options and too-familiar variations. This week we're breaking out of our Midwestern habi ... More >>
On Thursdays and Sundays, fans of Ethiopian cuisine can add a small, but substantial buffet to their dining options. The rich stews known as wots and other entrees at Dilla's nine-dish buffet are hearty and often benefit from the extra time simmering on the buffet line. But Minnesota has some top-no ... More >>
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.
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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 >>
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.
Blues-punk purists fearing a defanged Black Keys on Magic Potion--the Akron guitar-and-drums duo's debut for the fancy-pants grown-up label Nonesuch--needn't have worried. Potion kicks just as much shit as any of the records the Keys made before they started rubbing elbows with Ran ... More >>
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One family's jump into Ethiopian cuisine.