Forget the Bubbly: A Sparkly Beer Cocktail for New Year’s Eve

They say the person you kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve is the person you’ll spend the rest of the year with. Applying that bit of logic to my beverage of choice means that a beer on New Year’s Eve should yield another year filled with great brews. And what we all need afterRead more

Inside Craft Brew Territory at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

  The 2016 Minnesota State Fair featured at least 10 new fair-exclusive beers. I’ll just come right out and admit that a Mouth Trap cheese curd value bucket pretty much destroyed my ability to put back that many brews. That, and I had to save room for – GASP – tried-and-true Minnesota beers that weren’tRead more

Can’t Miss Summer Beer Festivals

It’s Memorial Day Weekend so that means summer is officially here! Break out those white pants and goses, y’all.  Last weekend I attended Art-A-Whirl, which always feels like the official kickoff to summer beer festival season with all of the Northeast breweries throwing down with live music, fresh beer and community-inspired events. The summer timeRead more

March Brew Mood Board

I’m still not sure what to call this feature, but sitting down and thinking about all of the beers I want to drink and events I want to prioritize has been SO helpful. It’s a blessing and a curse to have a craft beer scene as lively as ours is here in the Twin Cities. Read more

Be(er) My Valentine

I know a lot of people write off Valentine’s Day. It’s only for kids and couples. It’s not worth the effort. It’s just a Hallmark holiday designed to peddle chocolates and cheap lingerie.  But I love it. As a kid, I would plan my elaborate Valentine’s Day card box months in advance. I would painstakinglyRead more

What’s Brewing: February 2016

I’m excited to launch a new regular feature and share with you what’s in my glass and on my mind every month. In these cold months, I’m drawn to rich, malty beers and hearty dishes. At the same time, our mild winter means I’m spending more time outside in the snow and trying to enjoyRead more

New Beer Resolutions

Finally – some resolutions I can keep!  The beginning of a new year is always an important time for me to reflect, set new goals and put my plans into action. That approach certainly carries over to the world of beer. As with any new hobby, there’s always more to learn and explore. I wantRead more

Ermagourd: Pumpkin Ale Pecan Pie

For any of you Thanksgiving procrastinators, I thought I would share a quick and relatively easy way to incorporate craft beer on your Thanksgiving menu. Besides, you know, drinking it all day as you watch football.  My family gatherings are usually sans beer so I didn’t sit down to think about pairings for Thanksgiving dishes.Read more