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First Came Local Breweries, Now There Are Local Hops

It’s harvest time for a certain Minnesota crop. You may have never seen it up close, but chances are you’ve enjoyed its product on a Friday night.

09/10/2014

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Jake Leinenkugel Retires From Craft Brewery

Jake Leinenkugel announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as president of the craft brewery started by his great-great-grandfather and will be succeeded by his younger brother Dick Leinenkugel, who formerly led economic development efforts in Wisconsin.

09/09/2014

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These Popular Fair Foods Now Have Gluten-Free Options

With deep fried battered foods galore, you’d think the state fair would be a nightmare for people who can’t have gluten.

08/29/2014

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St. Paul Brewing Helps Customers Create Tasty Brews

Have you ever wanted to brew your own beer but didn’t know where to start? Well, a St. Paul company will walk you through the steps, and even do the dirty work for you. WCCO’s Kim Johnson headed to Vine Park Brewing Company to learn all the tricks to making tasty beer.

08/16/2014

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Students Run Research Project From The Bottoms Up

A group of Columbia University MBA students touring the country this summer to help small businesses improve their products chose a Fargo company partly because they liked the brand and partly because they could do their research in a tap room.

07/20/2014

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Minnesota Craft Beer Documentary Premieres Saturday

On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Dave Okar decided he needed to start documenting Minnesota’s craft beer movement. “I just went out and started doing it,” Okar said. “After I got some material, it became clear that you should make a film about it.”

07/16/2014

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Target Field Debuts Self-Serve Beer Stations

Minnesota Twins fans now have even more control over what – and how much – beer they can consume while enjoying a ball game. Self-serve beer stations, called DraftServ, debuted at Target Field Sunday and marks the first time in history one of these machines has been used at a Major League Baseball game.

07/07/2014

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Health Watch: Your Beverage May Have More Alcohol Than You Think

Here’s a little tip if you’re planning on drinking at your 4th of July party – your drink, may be stronger than you think. And depending on how it’s made, you could be consuming more than you intended. The National Institutes of Health says most people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in a drink. So they’ve created a new online alcohol calculator to help.

07/04/2014

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Overturned Truck Dumps Beer Cans In Highway Median

A semi-truck that rolled on Interstate 29 in South Dakota dumped a trailer full of beer cans into the highway’s median.

06/12/2014

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Surly Brewing Names Jorge Guzman As Executive Chef For New Brewery

Surly Brewing has hired Jorge Guzman to be the executive chef for the new full service restaurant that will be a part of the $30-million plus destination brewery the company is planning to open. Guzman has been the executive chef at Solera in downtown Minneapolis for more than three years.

06/06/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-29-14

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05/29/2014

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Lakeside Restaurant

Tom Hanson started Zorbaz 45 years ago when he bought a failed candy shop on the north shore of Detroit Lake. “I was a school teacher, and nothing to do in the summer time, and because I learned how to drink beer and eat pizza in college, I thought I was qualified,” Hanson said.

05/22/2014

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Pet Blog: Beer With Your Buddy

On a sunny spring Saturday, what’s better than getting together with some pals and enjoying a cold brew on your favorite bar’s patio? If you’re a dog owner, you may feel some guilt (or even some separation anxiety) from leaving your four-legged friend in the kennel as you gallivant around town.

05/17/2014

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Perfect Pair: Best Craft Beers To Serve At Your Summer BBQ

Try some variety with your next barbecue, and seek out some specialty craft beers instead of the regular brews. These craft beers pair exceptionally well with your carefully grilled meats.

05/12/2014

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Minnesota Senate Defeats Sunday Booze Sales Bid

Stock up on beer, wine and liquor on Saturday. The Minnesota Senate soundly defeated a repeal of the state’s law barring liquor stores from being open on Sundays. The chamber voted in favor of allowing craft beer tap rooms to sell growlers for takeaway on Sundays, but then the bill got pulled from debate.

05/06/2014

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