Last month Hot Dish spoke with Mantorville/Stagecoach Brewing's owner Tod Fyten about the brand. Fyten currently owns three separate microbreweries (Mantorville, St. Croix, and Fytenburg) and has deep roots in the industry. His grandfather worked for Jacob Schmidt and he's been in the biz since coll ... More >>
Rabbit, take those kids' Trix
The prospect of Sunday growler sales in Minnesota faced yet another setback on Monday. The provision that would allow taprooms to sell growlers was removed from a liquor bill that would also permit taprooms to open and sell alcohol on Sundays. The decision was made by the Senate Tax Committee afte ... More >>
From Duluth to New Ulm, here are our picks for the best outstate suds
Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>
Coffee snobs, grab your mugs. Shawn Person, of Moonshine Coffee, is in the midst of readying a space at 2386 Territorial Road, near the corner of Raymond and University, to become a kind of community kitchen for the coffee roasting set. Roundtable Coffee Works will have a storefront where you can ... More >>
Meet the micro-distillers who are making craft liquor the Twin Cities' new industry
Whether you refer to it as "carmel" or "caramel," fans of the the buttery stuff will be happy to find it flowing freely in its many glorious forms this Saturday when St. Croix Chocolate Co. hosts its 4th annual Caramelpalooza. Hold on to your fillings, folks. This one might get a little sticky. ... More >>
The Association of Food Journalists named the finalists in its prestigious AFJ Awards yesterday and City Pages was among the honored.City Pages writers Andy Mannix and Mike Mullen are finalists for "Best Story on Food Policy or Food Issues" for their cover story, "Milk Money."
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 >>
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 >>
Just a year after veteran pub owner Kieran Folliard introduced his wildly successful 2 Gingers Whiskey to the free market, the premium spirit is now carried in more than 2,100 drinking establishments all over the state and the brand has sold nearly 20,000 cases of it product, making 2 Gingers the fa ... More >>
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the walls of the big-food industry? Well, that's something local industry-insider-turned-author Bruce Bradley knows a little about. Bradley, who lives in Minneapolis, has spent over 15 years working as a marketing executive for some of the biggest food com ... More >>
Marilyn Hagerty, the Grand Forks Herald restaurant reviewer whose writeup of a local Olive Garden went viral last spring, won the prestigious Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media for lifetime achievement last week."It was just overwhelming because other winners of the award were Walter ... More >>
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 >>
The St. Croix Chocolate Company has been supplying the river valley with artisan chocolates since 2010. But located somewhat outside the usual foodie sphere of influence, seasonally inspired chocolates with flavors like violet, pear caramel, or wildflower honey initially raised some eyeb ... More >>
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 >>
Harriet Brasserie is coming to Linden Hills. The new restaurant will be housed in an old firehouse and will focus on dishes that are multicultural in influence and locally farmed. The owners of the Harriet Brasserie, Alain Lenne, Helen Hamman, and Fernando Silvo, who will also serve as executiv ... More >>
Today, a pair of GOP Representatives -- Stephen Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, and John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove -- introduced amendments to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.Both amendment went down in a ball of flames, with about four times as many nays as yays.Who are these Minnesotans who don't ... More >>
This summery spring has the open road calling. What better way to celebrate the warm breeze than spending the day at a not-too-far-away winery? On Saturday, April 7, Cannon River Winery in downtown Cannon Falls will be hosting its annual Meet the Winemaker event. The winery, which is less than an ... More >>
After a great run writing reviews for City Pages, I will probably need to tender a letter of resignation because Marilyn Hagerty, Eatbeat columnist for Grand Forks Herald, just won restaurant reviewing. Forever.Today's column, which she has been writing for years, titled "Long-awaited Olive Garde ... More >>
Initial reports of the sale of Crispin Cider to MillerCoors contained scant detail. Little information was given beyond the fact of the sale and that Crispin, along with its affiliate Fox Barrel, was to be run as a unit of Tenth and Blake the craft-and-import division of the mega-brewery. The lack o ... More >>
Food stamps account for 40 percent of sales at Supervalu's Save-A-Lot stores.Eden Prairie-based Supervalu is one of a handful of grocery chains changing the way it operates to accommodate the record number of food stamp recipients. From opening supermarkets at midnight, when government benefits a ... More >>
Bemidji Brewing is state's newest brewery-to-beFor the Minnesota craft-beer world there's yet another new kid on the block; or at least on its way to the block. From up there near the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi comes the announcement of Bemidji Brewing Company. The brewery's three p ... More >>
Buca di Beppo's Minneapolis headquarters will be moving to Orlando, Florida, in April, according to a story in the Star Tribune.
Outback servers won a class action lawsuit over tip pooling. Tip-pooling--when a restaurant's waitstaff shares a percentage of their gratuities with untipped staffers, such as bussers and dishwashers--has become a popular practice at some local restaurants, including Piccolo and Travail. Bu ... More >>
Brent SchoonoverSt. Paul restaurants vs. food trucks.When the city of Minneapolis was creating its food truck policy, several restaurant owners spoke out against it, saying the competition was unfair. Now that food trucks have come out in full force in downtown St. Paul, the Pioneer Press h ... More >>
Surly Furious is among the local beers headed to this year's MN State FairIn past years the craft brew selection at the Minnesota State Fair has been fairly limited. There was Summit and ... well there was Summit. Not that Summit is a bad choice, but a little more variety would be welcome. Ma ... More >>
CTUL.Protesters say they're doing more work for less money.It's been nearly two months since a group of disgruntled Cub Foods workers ended a 12-day hunger strike, and they say nothing has been done to improve working conditions. That same crew of workers is staging a protest today at an Edina s ... More >>
CTUL.Supervalu says the protesters have unfairly targeted Cub Foods.Tuesday morning, a group of workers protested outside a shareholders meeting for Supervalu, the parent company of Cub Foods. It was the latest in what has become a long series of similar demonstrations, some held at Cub Food ... More >>
FrostyThis 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.
Stone Week Minnesota promises to be "a week-long lineup of epochal events"Stone Brewing Co. of San Diego is one of those breweries whose beer people seek out. Stone's beers and the copy used to promote them are renowned for being over-the-top; the latter suggesting that the drinker with bottl ... More >>
Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approvalWhen 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 >>
ICE bears down and the fast-food chain reacts
Andy LienOn the boulevard of burgeoning dreamsOn West Broadway a new business venture is fostering foodie dreams and hope for a revitalized neighborhood. On November 11 the Kindred Kitchen officially opened as a community resource for people hoping to begin or grow their own food businesses ... More >>
Beer sales were down in fourth quarter. Or are we just drinking more PBR?
Part two of our guide to the best cheeses of the Twin Cities—ever
A racy hamburger commercial is too much for the nation's plagiarizing moralists.
Premier Cheese Market adds new life to the old milk scene
The battle at this stage has revealed one interesting strategy: Opponents of the ban are looking toward the capitol to push for a statewide ban in the upcoming legislative session.
For some folks, the biggest issue in a rather indistinctive Minneapolis mayoral race is the smoking ban.