Brewer Profile: Insight Brewing’s Ilan Klages-Mundt

Most recent college graduates wouldn’t have turned down a job in 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession. Especially not when that job was in the graduate’s field of study. And definitely not when that field of study was music performance and teaching. But that’s precisely what Ilan Klages-Mundt did after graduating from Lawrence … [ Read more]

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Lullaby: A new kind of musical

Artistic inspiration doesn’t always strike in the way we think it will. It can come from anywhere at anytime—even from your insomniac two-year-old who refuses to adhere to any sort of sleep schedule. Such was the situation playwright Michael Elyanow found himself in 10 years ago. Elyanow and his husband were living in North Hampton, … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society wants to help your favorite watering hole serve beer better

The Better Beer Society’s name pretty much sums up its mission: to help make craft beer better. The main way they accomplish this task is through education, working directly with retailers to ensure everyone on staff is well-versed in beer styles, history, service, and food pairings (for retailers), and branding, marketing, operational and sales strategies, … [ Read more]

The Last Great Race: A Minnesotan’s Incredible Rise in Sled Dog Racing & Why He Left it All Behind

The Greyhound bus pulled away, leaving Jake Berkowitz stranded on a dirt road in the middle of northern Michigan. A few days earlier, the 18-year-old was celebrating Thanksgiving with his family in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now he was alone, waiting for a stranger to pick him up and introduce him to a way of life … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Matt Schwandt of Bauhaus Brew Labs

Technically, it’s a quiet week at Bauhaus Brew Labs. New equipment is being installed, which means no beer is being brewed. But there are still new food trucks to vet, floors to scrub, and promo videos to film. A forklift beeps loudly as it inches forward, then back, then forward again. Bright yellow pallets of … [ Read more]

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The Big Reveal: Utepils Brewing (formerly Bryn Mawr) has their Head Brewer

The news that a brewery was officially coming to Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood first hit email inboxes and social media sites late July 2015, when Bryn Mawr Brewing Co. announced it had signed a 10-year lease in an 18,000-square-foot warehouse in the @Glenwood development. A backyard waterfall, natural springs for the brewery’s future beer, and, most … [ Read more]

St. Paul City Council to vote on loosening liquor license laws for restaurants

St. Paul restaurants, new and established, may soon have an easier time obtaining a full liquor license. On Tuesday, November 10, the St. Paul Charter Commission passed an amendment to the City Charter that would allow more licensed restaurants an opportunity to obtain a full liquor license. The catch? The city will have to redefine what it means to … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Handcrafted barrels from Black Swan Cooperage

The whining of saw blades and smell of singed wood greet you first. Then comes Whiskey. Not the drink, but the dog: a giant, bounding, playful-yet-imposing German Shepherd. Heidi Korb follows soon after, apologizing for her dog’s overeager greeting. With knee-high brown boots, skinny jeans, flowing highlighted hair, and nails painted with gold-fleck sparkles—remnants of … [ Read more]

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Distiller Profile: Mike Swanson at Far North Spirits

Mike Swanson removes the bung from a cask, sticks his nose over the hole, and sniffs deeply. It’s no use. “I can’t smell anything right now,” he says. “I’m just getting over a cold I came down with on my way back from New York last week. But you should smell this—it’s incredible.” The 92-gallon … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: Deb Loch of Urban Growler Brewing

It’s 9am on a drizzly late August day. At Urban Growler Brewing Company in St. Paul, Deb Loch, head brewer and co-owner, sits at the founder’s table—a round mosaic of woodwork designed to look like the brewery’s logo. Just as she’s getting settled, she suddenly stands up to go check on the coffee situation. None … [ Read more]

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Craft Cocktail: Song for Mona at Rainbow Chinese

Pickled plums don’t find their way onto many menus around here—least of all cocktail menus. But the salty, tangy, crunchy garnish is a favorite of Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar owner and chef Tammy Wong. “It reminds me of my childhood,” she says, spooning a few deep-fuchsia wedges into her water glass. “This is a … [ Read more]

Firefighters and breweries bring warmth to kids in Minnesota one coat at a time

It’s almost unfathomable to consider enduring a Minnesota winter without a thick, warm, well-made, secure winter jacket. But thousands of people find themselves facing the harsh winds and biting temperatures each year without a coat to protect them. Many of those individuals are children. Operation Warm was founded in 2002 with the goal of serving … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Keigan Knee of Modist Brewing

Photos by Aaron Davidson The pounding of hammers on sheet metal echoes throughout a cavernous warehouse in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. The place is more or less deserted. A couple guys skateboard across the concrete floor, swiftly crisscrossing the 18,000-square-foot space. A pile of tools fills the corner next to a makeshift kitchen—a microwave balancing … [ Read more]

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These Boots Were Made for Brewing: Pink Boots Society opens Minnesota chapter

Eight years ago, on June 15, 2008, brewmaster and beer expert Teri Fahrendorf started the ultimate girls-only club: the Pink Boots Society (PBS). On September 17 of this year, PBS opens its newest chapter—in the Twin Cities. PBS is the product of a cross-country road trip. Fahrendorf, a brewer since 1988, was on a mission … [ Read more]

In Cahoots with Mikey and Niko: Episode Three – Victory

A behind-the-scenes look at the Fulton + Fair State collaboration beer: Horatio August 2, 8pm, Red Stag Supperclub Block Party On a hot, sunny, classic August day, a champion was born: Horatio, a sour wheat beer with rhubarb and Nelson Sauvin hops, beat out four competing collaboration beers at the second annual In Cahoots! festival … [ Read more]