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

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

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

(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