Beer

Duluth to Host Third Annual 'All Pints North Summer Brew Fest'

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Next month the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is bringing some hoppy and malty cheer to America's Best Outdoor Town; All Pints North Summer Brew Fest is returning to Duluth for a third year. With the heat of the summer in full swing, the "Air-Conditioned City" and Minnesota craft beer are perfect temptations for taking that weekend road-trip out of the metro. As the organization also behind the Autumn Brew Review (Minneapolis) and...

'Brew at the Zoo' Set to Return in August

[caption id="attachment_273389" align="aligncenter" width="570"]Upside Down Wolverine Josh More This wolverine had a few too many.[/caption] The consequences of a bunch of swivel-stepping beer nerds holding an after-hours drink-a-thon hasn't dissuaded the Minnesota Zoo; in fact, the Apple Valley landmark is inviting them back. A spike in ape-on-ape stare downs, roaring contests and unnecessary hazings of the zoo's metaphorically (and sometimes literally) flat-footed residents is on its way this August. Beer and animals, it rarely gets this good! Perhaps I exaggerate....

Solid Specials at 'Big Ten Restaurant and Bar'

[caption id="attachment_252614" align="aligncenter" width="550"]22oz Mugs of PBR, $2.25 22oz Mugs of PBR, $2.25 each[/caption] To prove that I'm not a complete Minneapolitan food snob, I find it necessary, from time to time, to write about the places I frequent in a place known as "suburbia." This foreign land of ample parking, dive bars with booths that aren't sticky and a regrettable frequency of Applebee's (I know, starting to sound like a snob, sorry), possesses a few proverbial diamonds in the rough. One of these diamonds is a happy hour gem found in Hopkins; it's known as the ...

Sapporo, Japan's American City

[caption id="attachment_223959" align="aligncenter" width="439"]Erik infront of the Sapporo Clock Tower The Sapporo Clock Tower, you don't leave without taking this picture. How about that bleached hair and the "S" sign for Sapporo? Don't I look awesome?[/caption] While traveling through European and Asian cities over the course of my life I noticed a common difference they embody in contrast to Minneapolis, Chicago and other American Cities: they don't do the grid thing very well. Cities in Europe and Asia grew over centuries rather than decades; they had no over-arching design. This noticeable tendency did not hold true for Sapporo...

'Harriet Brewing' to Kill Winter with Sol Bock Revival

Sol Bock Revival Harriet Brewing 2014

It may not feel like it, but winter's end is in sight! Outdoor events (that aren't purposefully meant for cold weather) will soon be returning to the Twin Cities and the Belgian-Beer master of Minneapolis is leading the charge. With a combination of beer, food, music and art, the 3rd Annual Sol Bock Revival at Harriet Brewing (April 26th) promises to be a full day of everything awesome. Harriet Brewing is the unquestioned beer-lord of all that is east of the light rail and west of the river, but some consider it to rule the entirety of south Minneapolis....

'Brau Brothers' Taproom in Marshall, MN

Brau Bros Front Marshall, MN

Minneapolitans aren't often seen roaming the smooth prairies of southwestern Minnesota (especially in March); but my fiancée and I had the opportunity to do just that. Little did we know, until informed by my good friend and his wife (who recently became residents of the area), that the Brau Brothers, the undisputed beer-lords of our state's southwestern corner, had constructed a legendary drinking hall and brew-lab in the city of Marshall. Marshall, for those of you who believe civilization ends on the far shore...