Neapolitan Beeramisu with Saugatuk Brewing Co.

In the world of novelty beer ingredients and flavors, it’s easy to find beers that don’t exactly capture their purported flavor. Call it false advertising, but I’ve been burned by beers that don’t taste at all how they’re described. Then there’s the others that concentrate so much on the extra flavor that they forget to actually brew aRead more

Brewcation: A hoppy day in Stillwater with Lift Bridge

September in Minnesota usually means it’s time to trade our weekends away “Up North” for game days, apple picking and other fall fun closer to home. But the end of summer also marks Minnesota’s hop harvest season and a great opportunity for a short trip to a local hop farm or a brewery for a fresh hopRead more

(Conceptual) MN State Fair Food + Beer Pairings

Prepping for the Minnesota State Fair can be so intimidating. You have your faithful standbys like Sweet Martha’s Cookies and Turkey To Go – and then they drop a massive list of 56 new foods on you. As if food wasn’t enough to worry about, there’s an equally impressive and daunting list of Minnesota StateRead more

The Best Fest is a Beer Fest

What’s heaven made of? Probably unlimited 4 oz. pours of beer.  I made the trip to #DuluthBeerCity this past weekend for All Pints North, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild summer beer festival on Lake Superior. More than 90 craft breweries from Minnesota, all across the U.S. and even Canada took over the city’s Bayfront Festival ParkRead more

Beer Recap: Fourth of July Weekend

It feels like this Fourth of July weekend just flew by. I guess that happens when your weekend is full of great beer, food and friends. But I had so many awesome new beers up at the lake and in Duluth that I wanted to recap for you. While you can usually follow along withRead more

Beer and a Movie: Blood, Sweat, & Beer

Summer in the Cities is in full swing and this weekend seems like the craziest yet. When you’re done priding and dabbling and food trucking and jazzing out and whatever else you’ve got on your plate this weekend, catch a screening of the new documentary Blood, Sweat, & Beer this Sunday at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.Read more

Summer Beer infusions: Berliner Weisse, rhubarb and herbs

As someone who started drinking beer as local breweries were exploding, I never really explored traditional German beer styles – although it’s probably the country most associated with beer and brewing (right?). I’m also from an unfortunate little part of Wisconsin that warped German culture so much that I really wrote off any value ofRead more