Craft Beer

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Tap Talk: For The 1st Time, Brewpubs Sharing Beer At MN State Fair

Beyond the new food every year, there’s another new first this year at the fair: more beer! A new law that passed earlier this year means there will be more brews to try at the ‘Land of 10,000 Beers Craft Beer Hall’!

08/27/2015

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Tap Talk: Bitter Minnesota Brewery Tours

With the craft beer revolution occurring in Minneapolis over the last five or so years, it was hard for John Fillman and James Hammer not to notice — and they wanted to participate in some way. The result: Bitter Minnesota Brewery Tours.

08/25/2015

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Tap Talk: Bad Weather Brewing Company

Weather is a major part of conversation and everyday life here. So it makes sense that a Minnesota brewery would find inspiration in the exact elements that can determine how their brewing may go. Enter Bad Weather Brewing Company.

08/18/2015

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New Restaurants, Shops Could Soon Be Coming To MSP

Passengers traveling through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could soon have new food and shopping choices.

08/05/2015

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Tap Talk: Enki Brewing

There’s a common idea that things get better with age. It’s true with red wine. It’s true with bourbons. And, it’s true with breweries. In 2013, 33 years after its founders met, Enki Brewing was officially open for business.

07/22/2015

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Drink, Dash And Donate With The MN Brewery Running Series

For many runners, it’s the sense of accomplishment that they get as they cross the finish line keeps them going. For the rest of us, it’s the beer.

07/09/2015

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Tap Talk: Bemidji Brewing Co.

As the love of craft beer expands, so too do the breweries. So this Tap Talk we’re talking brewing up north with Bemidji Brewing Company.

06/30/2015

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Best Craft Beer Shops In Minnesota

The craft beer scene is alive and well in the Twin Cities. Check out our list of the top five stores that carry great beer from small, independent breweries.

06/30/2015

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Tap Talk: Waconia Brewing Company

I don’t know about you, but growing up my brothers and I fought. A lot. So, while the idea of starting your own business seems daunting, the idea of starting a business with your brother seems insurmountable. But for some families, like the DeLanges, it works.

06/23/2015

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Paulsen Pushing For Tax Cut For Craft Breweries

On the first Sunday breweries in Minneapolis could sell growlers beer, Rep. Eric Paulsen appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning, saying he wants an excise tax cut for small breweries.

06/14/2015

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Tap Talk: Maple Island Brewing

From a creamery to a hardware store to a brewery, the building that is now home to Maple Island Brewing has had quite a history. And so have its owner and brewer.

06/08/2015

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Tap Talk: Tin Whiskers Faces Off Against Urban Growler In 1st Ever Brew-Off

Tin Whiskers challenges Urban Growler to the first ever brew-off and they invite you to try their beers made with ingredients chosen by Twin Cities locals.

05/27/2015

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Tap Talk: Celebrate American Craft Beer Week With Minnesota Breweries

For those who may have missed out on indulging in homemade craft products during Minnesota Craft Beer Week, you’re in luck! The American Craft Beer Week is up next.

05/11/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s rated the fourth best day of the week: Thursday! That means time to start thinking about the top two days of the week, and WCCO’s Kim Johnson found plenty to do this Saturday and Sunday.

04/30/2015

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Tap Talk: Lakes & Legends Co-Founder Talks New Farmhouse Style Taproom

From Disney to beer, it’s a transition many of us make. But for Ethan Applen, co-founder of the new Minneapolis brewery Lakes & Legends, it was a little bit more challenging, and a little bit later in life.

04/29/2015

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Tap Talk: Craft Beer Festival Comes To Mpls.

Attention, craft beer enthusiasts: This weekend is your chance to guzzle (well … politely sample) the craftiest of beers from nearly 75 different breweries.

04/15/2015

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Tap Talk: Kinney Creek Brewery

We’re traveling a bit south for this Tap Talk. In fact, we’re going all the way down to Rochester to visit its first taproom, Kinney Creek Brewing.

04/09/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Lift Bridge Brewing Company moved into their Stillwater location five years ago, but began conceptually almost 14 years before that. In 2001, co-founder and CEO Dan Schwarz became part of a small poker league that consisted of neighbors and friends. As the group played they learned a number of them used to home brew.

03/17/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Ancho Sour Micro Cocktail

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers to check out another one of their “micro” cocktails.

02/28/2015

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Craft Beer Lovers Rejoice For ‘Barrel-Aged Beer Week’

Small batch beer, or craft beer, is a huge trend — especially in Minnesota. And now brewers are taking it to the next level. The new trend has beer aging the same way wine does: in barrels.

02/14/2015

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Good Question: What Kind Of Beer Do We Drink?

Craft beer has been growing dramatically, while the big players — like Budweiser — have faltered over the past decade. But what beers are Americans really drinking? Heather Brown answers this Good Question.

02/04/2015

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DeRusha Eats: Tracy’s Saloon

This week, Jason DeRusha visited a neighborhood saloon that survived a renovation surprise that any homeowner can relate to. Jason DeRusha eats in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis at Tracy’s Saloon.

12/20/2014

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Surly Set To Debut New Destination Brewery

On Friday, a popular Twin Cities brewery will open the doors to its new beer hall and restaurant. Surly Brewing Co. is expecting a packed house for the grand opening of its $30 million building near the Minneapolis’ Prospect Park neighborhood. “We’re terrified, we’re excited, we’re ready. I think everyone’s just ready to go,” said Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co.

12/18/2014

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Target Eyeing Midway Location For Liquor Sales

Target may be continuing its push to get into the liquor business, as officials with the retailer say they want to add a liquor store inside of its existing Super Target in St. Paul’s Midway area. The retailer reportedly also recently filed paperwork to open a liquor store at its St. Louis Park location.

11/11/2014

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Target Debuts Otsego Store With Full Liquor Selection

You can buy a lot at a Target store in Minnesota. But if you’re looking for alcohol, your selection is limited to just a few types of beer. That is unless you visit Target on 87th Avenue Northeast in Otsego, where a new pilot program is giving customers a new option to buy booze.

10/03/2014

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