Category Archives: Beer

Volunteering for the Superior Hiking Trail Association

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View of Lake Agnes from Hunters Rock.

I know the blog says it’s about Minneapolis and this post isn’t, but this story is about a place near and dear to my heart, the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). The trail is approximately 310 miles of beautiful terrain that overlooks Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border. It is a gem of a resource that I hope you all get to visit sometime.  Continue reading

Beer Tourism – Northern California and Oregon

I’ve been sitting on this post for way too long so I’m just going to give you the short version of our road trip from Malibu to Portland. There were beautiful sights and beer – lots of both.

Rich and I attended a wedding in Malibu last fall so thought it would be fun to make it a big trip. We had never been north of San Francisco and had always wanted to drive the coast so it was a no-brainer to take some time and road trip. And let’s not forget about the beer. Did you know there’s good beer up in them parts? I had a lot of fun taking these photos and like to look at my Instagram feed just to relive the moments. I thought you might like to check them out too. Have any questions on the places we visited? Ask away and I’ll figure out where we were.

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Eastlake Brewery & Taproom Opens in Minneapolis Midtown

This post originally appeared on Minnesota Beer Activists.

Eastlake Brewery & Taproom opened Thursday in the Midtown Global Market after a busy preview night. Wednesday was full of energy with staff and neighboring businesses passing out hearty food samples to accompany the beers. IMG_0370.PNGManny’s Tortas, anyone? Owner Ryan Pitman was running around pouring, bussing and welcoming friends. I was lucky to get a few minutes with him to talk about his venture which has been in the works for a year.

The taproom is perfectly positioned on the south side of the building with windows facing Lake Street so there is no missing that a good time is being had inside. Long tables and ample bar and window seating make the space very welcoming. This bodes well for Eastlake as they are probably the only business that people can see from outside.

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Eastlake Brewery opened with four taps out of eight: Saison, American Rye Stout, Belgian Pale Ale, and a black IPA. Ryan says he definitely has an affinity for Belgian beers as we can see from his taplist. An American Pale Ale and a Belgian IPA will be on tap next week and the additional two will follow. I asked him about what style he wants to put on the map, Ryan says it’s the Nicollet Mauler, the Black IPA. He is particularly fond of his recipe because of its maltier backbone and his use of rye. Continue reading

Dreaming of Puerto Rico

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One of my favorite things in life is traveling to new places. Learning about a culture first-hand through their history, traditions, and food is just fascinating and pure joy for me. I was glad to tag along on Rich’s business trip to Puerto Rico for a little relaxation after a crazy couple of months and a bad case of cabin fever.

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Happy Hour Nibble – The Bulldog Northeast

Ah The Bulldog Northeast, one of my favorite places to get a drink and nachos. Known for their array of beers, especially of the Belgian variety, this is a great place to eat, drink, and watch a game. There are four Bulldogs in the Twin Cities, but this one is the best in my opinion because of the ambiance and food menu. The stainless bar is the center of the bright space with over 20 taps that rotate frequently.

Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA

Victory DirtWolf Imperial IPA

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Schell’s 30th Anniversary Pilsner Series

I was able to try the Schell’s Pils series ahead of its release and write about it for Minnesota Beer Activists. Read the post.

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Beer Dinner – A Night in Belgium

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Rich and I finally traveled to Belgium last year after dreaming about it for about a decade. Craft beer has been my drink of choice since college, but Belgian beers have always held a special place in my heart above others. So after talking about traveling to Belgium every time we drank a Le Chouffe or Chimay, Rich and I finally bought two tickets to beer paradise (cheesy, I know, but it’s true). We were on the pursuit of beer, the rest would fall into place.

I have a couple of friends who spent some time in Belgium and graciously shared maps and stories prior to our trip so thought it would be fun to have a Belgian beer dinner to celebrate Belgium? Or Beer? Either way, it is so cold in Minnesota right now that some rich Belgian food alongside some delicious beers would do the trick to warm us up.

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