It's the season of change. You know the drill. Bring out your favorite sweaters, light the wood fire and break open a hearty ale. It also means those light, fruity summer seasonal beers are making way for the dark ales and stouts that compliment autumn so well.
Once October hits, it seems our fascination and
Pumpkin spice. You can eat it, you can drink it, and it is certainly not just for pie and coffee drinks. We have some cocktail ideas that are just perfect for "pumpkin spice season."
Check out these pumpkin cocktail recipes that will have you ready to enjoy the season a whole lot more. You may even want to bring out the 1966 classic, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and toast the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween. We might not be able to help Linus find the Great Pumpkin, but we can sure help you enjoy watching this American classic with a little Pumpkin classic of your own.
Autumn means many things, and the season is ripe for trips to wine tastings and wineries. Whether you are a novice or a natural in the tasting rooms, there are always questions that we're asked about —what to expect, what to do, and especially, what not to do at a wine tasting.
We've put together an easy cheat sheet of basic wine tasting etiquette to make your next visit an experience you'll remember.
The ever-growing craft beer movement in the U.S. means an explosion in the demand for hops and that rings true for beer producers around Minnesota, too. Much of it can be directly attributed to the highly popular, wildly successful, blazing intensity of West Coast IPAs. Those India Pale Ales bring the hops, and the country's thirst followed.
"All Cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is Cognac."
What is Cognac? Yes, it's complicated. Named after the town of Cognac, France, Cognacs are made from white wine – mostly from the grapes of Ugni Blanc (or Saint-Emilion) – then double distilled in copper pots, and lastly, aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac then matures the way whiskeys and wines do.
It's not easy to become a Cognac, and once you experience the beauty of a Cognac, you'll appreciate the rigorous methods to create this distilled French brandy. Experience the nose of a beautiful Cognac, then settle in your favorite quiet place to sip and savor.
The first thing you'll notice on the labels are the different classifications.
Picking the right white doesn't need to be a fright. Looking at the miles of choices can feel overwhelming and we don't blame you for feeling bleary eyed as you try to discern a Pinot Gris from a Chenin Blanc. But don't let that stop you from experimenting and enjoying white wine.
Hey Vikings fans, are you stoked and stocked for game one? Do you have your Minnesota Vikings party essentials? That means you need your beer, your booze, your food and your friends to cheer your home team to Vikings to Victory. We've come up with a short list of ideas that you must-have to make your Minnesota pride shine, including some great party recipes to pair with your drinks. Go Vikes!
Labor Day Weekend signals the seasonal change from summer to, well... not summer. Depending on the mood of Mother Nature, the weekend can be our last hurray of G & Ts or our first big dip into our hearty porters and ales.
Football season is around the corner and nothing says team spirit quite like a good tailgating session before a big game. Midwesterners have it down to an art and packing the cooler is like a ritual. Beer? Check. Ice? Check. More beer? Check.
But there is more to a party than beer. We also know cocktails made with the right kind of liquor can be equally as refreshing. We vote for your favorite bottle of whiskey, or two.