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Minneapolis Voters to Decide the Fate of Charter Mandated 70/30 Food to Alcohol Ratio this November

There has been much talk about revision of the law affecting Minneapolis restaurants’ requirements of a required ratio for food and liquor, and frankly, it’s about time. As a restauranteur,…

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Lucid Brewing 3rd Birthday and Hallucidation Release

Lucid Brewing owner, Jon Messier talks about the upcoming 3rd birthday party and release of their Belgian strong ale made with white grapes, Hallucidation.

Lake Monster Debuts Fresh Hop Ale

Just over 1 year old, Lake Monster Brewing has made a nice splash on the local beer scene with an IPA and Czech-style Pils. Yesterday, Lake Monster tapped their first keg…

Indeed Debuts Rum King & Mosaic 2014

Fall is a wonderful season for beer drinkers. 1006141558Breweries switch over from the light summer ales and pull out the big guns. Oktoberfests, Pumpkin Spice, and Fresh Hops. Oh My!

Indeed Brewing Mexican Honey Imperial Lager

We Live in an Age of Superlatives

The world wants a hero. We thrive on hope and dependence on heroes. We live in the age of the superlative. Basketball is not the same without Michael Jordan. Hockey…

Who’s Got the Best Oktoberfest?

In this crazy world of craft beer and hundreds of styles ranging from Pilsners to Russian imperials, I have people ask me all the time, “What’s your favorite beer?” I…

A Chef’s Guide to Food & Beer Pairings

Let me start by saying that this article is a follow-up to my article “Active Tasting — A Guide to Expanding Your Palate.” Picking out subtle flavors is going to…

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Active Tasting — A Guide to Expanding Your Palate

There is a time and a place for analyzing and scrutinizing beers and there is another time and place for just drinking and not giving it much thought. The reason that we analyze and frequently over-analyze these beers is that we are actually getting acquainted with our own perception as much as we are with the liquid in our glass. I call this process “Active Tasting.”

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