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

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

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

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

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