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

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