Mike Augustyniak

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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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WCCO Makes Surprise Flower Deliveries For Bachman’s

On this Valentine’s Day, millions of people will receive flowers from their sweetheart. It’s a traditional way to show your love on this holiday, and WCCO wanted in on the love fest.

02/14/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Home-Crafted Valentine’s Day Cocktails

If your Valentine’s Day plans include staying in, I have an idea. What about impressing your sweetie with an easy, homemade craft cocktail? Here are three recipes from a bartender whose own love life heated up in a kitchen — Laurel Elm from Saint Dinette.

02/14/2015

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Create Your Own Chocolate Treats For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And what better to get your loved one on this special day that hand-dipped chocolates and candies? WCCO’s Mike Augustyniak and Natalie Nyhus decided to do just that!

02/07/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Blood & Sand

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the essential Scotch cocktail, served up in a neighborhood setting.

02/07/2015

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Skijoring Kicks Off At The Loppet Festival

For those looking for something to get them outside this weekend, head to the Loppet Festival Saturday for the Skijoring event. Some may have heard the term, but for those who may be unfamiliar with the term it’s a ski race where dogs pull humans on cross country skis.

01/31/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Warm Fashioned

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the drink, you’ll need to draw a warm bath.

01/31/2015

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Mike And Natalie Dine With Lucy, Ricky Ricardo

Lucy and Ricky Ricardo are back on stage together, this time in Minneapolis. But only for a few days! It’s “I Love Lucy, Live On Stage,” and it’s playing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis through Sunday.

01/24/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Everything Nice Old Fashioned

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Brasserie Zentral to see their twist on a classic American drink

01/24/2015

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Mike And Natalie Stomp Snow For The Winter Carnival

Preparations for the St. Paul Winter Carnival are well underway. Crews are out at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Saturday prepping snow for the snow sculpture competition next weekend.

01/17/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Winter Sidecar

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s taking a look at the Winter Sidecar from Minneapolis’ Brasserie Zentral.

01/16/2015

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Pond Hockey Tourney Draws Teams From Literally Everywhere

Hundreds of hockey players are hitting the ice this weekend as part of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. It’s a chance to lace up your skates and celebrate hockey the way nature intended.

01/16/2015

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Mike And Natalie Get Hooked On Ice Fishing

It’s cold outside. But, that means ice fishing season is heating up! It’s one of the most popular sports in the state, and many look forward to the time of year when the ice is thick enough for it.

01/10/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The ’36 Chambers’ Of Negroni

This week we featured two drinks from the Negroni menu of Marin’s Library Bar. The first, called Ol’ Dirty, is a classic recipe. The most popular Negroni on the menu is actually a spin on the original called Method Man. It uses an herbal liqueur called Chartreuse to stand in for the traditional vermouth.

01/10/2015

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Mike And Natalie Move From Skiing To Boarding In 2015

If you’ve ever wanted to try skiing or snowboarding, why not attempt it in 2015 by starting with a lesson. With that in mind, WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus and Mike Augustyniak — both skiers — decided to branch out and try snowboarding.

01/03/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Hennepin Avenue Exile @ The Lowry

Mike Augustyniak has been mixing at some classic, old-school bars–places that feel like home for the holidays. This week, Mike headed to The Lowry in Uptown.

12/27/2014

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Mike’s Mix: A Chocolate Cocktail At Kincaid’s

All this month Mike Augustyniak has been mixing at some classic, old-school bars–places that feel like home for the holidays. This week, Mike headed to Kincaid’s in Bloomington.

12/20/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Wassail Bowl

The tradition of wassailing — caroling and drinking — began in the 1500s in southern England. Since its inception, the Wassail Bowl has been filled with some version of spiked cider. The recipe that is served seasonally at W. A. Frost in St. Paul has been on the menu continuously since they opened in 1975

12/06/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Spoon And Stable’s Crusta

Mike’s Mix got a special taste of a brand new Minneapolis restaurant that has created quite a bit of buzz. Spoon and Stable opened Nov. 16 in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. This week, Mike tries the eatery’s unique if not downright rare Brandy Crusta.

11/27/2014

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WCCO Journalists Turn Into Detectives At Murder Mystery Dinner

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays? The Dinner Detective is an interactive murder mystery dinner theater experience. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on dinner.

11/22/2014

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Weather Blog: That Lake Effect, Tho!

The pictures coming out of areas just south of Buffalo, NY today are insane. There’s enough snow to half-bury an NFL kicker, for Santa’s Sake!

11/18/2014

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2014’s Minnesota Weather Extremes: A Look Back

With 2014 starting to wind down and a whole new set of Top 10 Weather Days just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to take a trip down memory lane. The past year was full of weather extremes. On the cusp of the change from fall to winter, Kylie Bearse sat down with the rest of the WCCO weather team to look back at all Minnesota has endured this past year.

11/07/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Far North Cobbler

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s dabbling in a cobbler from La Belle Vie. What’s a cobbler, you ask? Read on!

11/07/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Cocoa Bumbo

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s learning about rum with a chocolaty concoction from La Belle Vie in Minneapolis.

10/31/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Donny Dirk’s Voodoo Zombie

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s getting into the Halloween spirit with a striking and spookily-titled tiki drink from Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den in Northeast Minneapolis.

10/24/2014

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