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A Salute to Four Firkins

The news of the closing of the Four Firkins stores in St. Louis Park and Oakdale has come as saddening news to craft beer lovers in the Twin Cities. The…

Making Your Own Bitters at Home

There’s no question that in this new renaissance age of craft beer and craft cocktails there is an unyielding desire to do everything yourself…at least once. I decided that I would…

Why Do We Drink Beer And What Is It Worth?

Beer is one of the oldest beverages known to man. Many believe that beer changed early humans from nomad hunter/gatherers to farmers, thus giving birth to civilization as we know…

Certified Cicerone Exam – The Road Becoming a Beer Sommelier

It’s late on a Saturday night and you wander into a neighborhood bar with two of your friends. It’s a quaint little room dimly lit by overhead lights and small…

Wabasha Brewing (Coming Soon)

MN Beer Activists Andrew Schmitt and Sean Cooke stop by Wabasha Brewing for a sneak peek at the new St. Paul brewery opening (hopefully) in the next few weeks.

Surly Beer Hall Opens

The Surly Beer Hall kitchen, led by Chef Jorge Guzman, is offering up a small, but mighty menu featuring a variety of chef-driven, beer-focused food items. “It’s fuckin’ awesome!” says the new Executive Chef describing the excitement to be a part of such a large project.

What Makes a Good Craft Beer Bar?

It makes me very elated to be a part of this rapidly-evolving craft beer scene and even more excited to see the development of beer-focused bars and restaurants offering great…

Domestic vs Local? Let’s Reclaim our Lexicon!

Like most people, I understand words based on their intended definitions. When people twist the meaning a word from the original definition it is bothersome, disingenuous, and confusing for readers….

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