Saturday, December 16, 2017

Browsing the "tasting and critique" Category

lupulin brewing cover

Lupulin Brewing in Big Lake

With so many breweries proximal to the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the amount of airtime that Lupulin Brewing gets may be surprising. The quality of their beer is no secret, though, and their lines at festivals routinely stretch [...]

November 28, 2017 greater minnesota, tasting and critique
Dogfish Cover

Dogfish is here, and it’s a big deal

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has finally come to Minnesota and it’s a very big deal, but not for the reasons you may think. Now in it’s 21st year, Delaware’s Dogfish Head is expanding into the local market at a time [...]

March 22, 2017 news and annoucements, tasting and critique
Utepils cover image

a first look at utepils

Perhaps no other brewery has had as much presence before its opening day since 612Brew opened in Northeast Minneapolis. Utepils Brewing has generated buzz for over a year (since about July, 2015, but who’s counting?) prior to opening their doors [...]

March 6, 2017 history and traditional styles, MN, tasting and critique

Indeed Brewer’s Brunch

And just like that, winter is here. Quite suddenly, I would add. A series of cozy Sunday brunches hosted by Indeed Brewing Company, though, is reason enough to leave the house despite the negative temps. A Brewer’s Brunch recently launched [...]

December 16, 2016 food and restaurants, tasting and critique
ontario beer

beyond the pale + tooth and nail, ottawa

How life can change so unexpectedly and wonderfully is not the topic of this post. However, before delving into beer from two of the best breweries in Ontario, I am forced to point out that my last trip to Ottawa, over [...]

May 31, 2016 beer abroad, canadian beer, tasting and critique, Travel
Citra hops

spotlight on citra

I take it as a sign of maturation within our beer market that the general public can name specific types of hops. Hop varieties are listed in descriptions on many beer menus, and several very popular beers are named for [...]

April 23, 2016 history and traditional styles, tasting and critique

The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan is a cocktail traditionally made with whiskey (typically rye, but other types are suitable), sweet vermouth and bitters, and garnished with a maraschino cherry. It is one of five cocktails named for the boroughs of New York City [...]

March 21, 2016 spirits, tasting and critique, the twin cities
surly brewer's table

What I learned from dining at Brewer’s Table

There is one thing I complain about more than anything else in the dining and drinking realm: the inability of fine dining establishments to take beer seriously. I am referring to more than just the lack of craft beer on [...]

March 4, 2016 food and restaurants, tasting and critique, the twin cities

rhombus guys brewing in grand forks

Driving to and from Winnipeg is a long, boring activity. And highway speeds in North Dakota make it harrowing in no uncertain terms, even in the best of weather. The near-zero temps and our successful re-entering of America (with Rick’s fresh [...]

February 2, 2016 tasting and critique, Travel
The biggest mistakes 2

the biggest mistakes new breweries make, part two

For part one, click here. First in the Biggest Mistakes series was a look at the problem of new breweries serving premature beer to paying customers. Turns out I am not the only one who has experienced this, and it’s [...]

January 3, 2016 soapbox sunday, tasting and critique