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

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

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

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