Toast to the North: Dabbling in the great outdoors

Craft beer has become engrained in Minnesota culture. New breweries are always in the works, along with countless events highlighting the craft of beer. However, this wasn’t always the case. When the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival, an outdoor, all-you-can-sample beer festival, started in 2010, Minnesota had fewer than a dozen breweries operating in the state. … [ Read more]

Local architects add one-of-a-kind patio to one of Minnesota’s most unique taprooms

Bang Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota, is built on environmental stewardship—both in a physical and philosophical sense. These ethos are evident in their energy-efficient brewhouse and their commitment to using only organic ingredients in their beer. Their new patio is a visual and experiential extension of that sustainable spirit. Located in St. Paul just down the road from Bang … [ Read more]

Minnesota United FC brought the world’s game to Target Field

June 25 was a typical Saturday at Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis. Soccer matches filled every TV screen and black and blue soccer kits crowded the bar as members of the Dark Clouds, a Minnesota United FC supporters group, downed a pint (or three) of beer before heading to the match. However, instead of the … [ Read more]

Book Review: Beyond the Pale by Ken Grossman

The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Review by Andrew Lovgren   At one point or another, every homebrewer fantasizes about starting a brewery. Even in the midst of the current craft brewing revolution, very few hobby-brewers ever actually make the leap to full scale. Back in the late 1970s, Ken Grossman took his favorite … [ Read more]