Artist Profile: Dogfish Media’s Brian Geihl

Brian Geihl is no stranger to working through changes. He has been passionate about creating art and drawing all his life, but when he started at St. Cloud State University, he wasn’t in the studio right away. Following his love for the outdoors, he decided to pursue a degree in meteorology. But, after taking several … [ Read more]

Amaro at Alma

Filled with mystery and allure, amaro is a liqueur worthy of our attention. In fact, it demands it.  Dualities of bitter and sweet, backed up by bold herbaceous, spicy flavors require us to slow down. Most purveyors guard their proprietary blends of macerated botanicals, leaving us to tune into our palette in order to uncover … [ Read more]

Tony Zaccardi: The owner of Palmer’s Bar on selling the ceiling, repping Minneapolis on CNN, and DMing Obama

If Minneapolis were one big high school, Tony Zaccardi would win the vote for class president in a landslide—but he wouldn’t be happy about it. In fact, he’s the most humble, unassuming 43-year-old popular kid you could ever meet.  Before becoming the owner of the iconic Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis’ West Bank in 2018, Zaccardi … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: North Loop Bars

  A walk around the North Loop on July 16 demonstrates the discordant relationship between a public that thirsts for socialization, bars and restaurants attempting to balance business needs and public safety, and a pandemic that simply doesn’t care about our best intentions. The patio at The Freehouse on July 16, 2020, was brimming with … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: The Gnome Craft Pub

Paying homage to a craft beer landmark while navigating a shifting industry This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  When The Happy Gnome closed its doors in December 2019, Brian and Sarah Ingram (of Hope Breakfast Bar) weren’t prepared … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Salut to Summer

City of Stillwater allows for extended service areas for bars and restaurants  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  While some bar and restaurant owners in Minnesota may feel on their own in working through the changing government guidelines … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Meteor

A no-frills neighborhood bar reaches back to its craft cocktail roots to weather the storm  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  We just want to be a dive bar and have good cocktails, and the situation is not … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

A riverside bar puts its patio to work with a new all-you-can-eat, open bar concept  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  Who can deny the allure of drinking in sweeping Mississippi River views from a spacious patio with … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Republic

A seasoned restaurateur breaks down the dicey finances of operating in a shutdown  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  It’s about managing your own expectations and your ability to adapt,” says Matty O’Reilly, owner of Republic at Seven … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Bull’s Horn

Chef Doug Flicker’s meta-dive bar is fighting creeping anxiety by experimenting with ramen  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  When Chef Doug Flicker cashed in his fine dining chips and traded his sous vide rig for a popcorn … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: James Ballentine VFW

For veteran members of post 246, reopening means returning home to their community  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  If you spent any amount of your 20s in or around Minneapolis, the odds are high that you’ve haunted … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Black Hart of Saint Paul

A Midway institution navigates uncertainty, loss, and the path towards better allyship This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  It’s weird to be grateful that it’s not terribly busy,” says Wes Burdine, owner of The Black Hart of St. … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Home Bar in 20 Bottles

Whether you’re an aspiring bartender or just a novice looking to get their home collection up to snuff, we’ve got your guide to the must-have building blocks for any bar worth its salt. We asked members of the Minneapolis–St. Paul chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to curate a list encompassing the three tiers of … [ Read more]

Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?

What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is that beer is booming and more bars are taking note that selection matters. But … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s Brewpubs: Where Fresh Craft Beer Meets its Culinary Match

Where fresh craft beer meets its culinary match By Doug Hoverson  As the United States emerged from Prohibition, lawmakers sought to make sure that the close economic links between brewers and saloons, and the political and moral corruption that sometimes resulted, would not be reproduced in the new era. The three-tier system separated the manufacturer … [ Read more]

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