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Ope That's Good: 5 Quintessential MN State Fair Food and Wine Pairings

Posted by Beau Farrell on Aug 20, 2019 3:11:50 PM

You know it’s almost autumn in Minnesota – not by the changing colors of leaves or kids returning to school – but by the Minnesota State Fair excitement building all over. There are animals, the rides, the games, and don't forget the people-watching. There really is something for everybody, especially when it comes to food.

The Great Minnesota Get-Together runs from August 22-September 2, and let's face it: for many of us, it's just a ten-day window to eat and drink fun stuff that wouldn’t feel quite right any other time of year. So, to get your juices flowing, we'll give you five fun food and wine (or beer) pairings that are uniquely Minnesota at our great State Fair.

Pro Tip: Take your foodie adventure to the next level by using the State Fair Food Finder, where you can filter by category and keywords to craft your own personalized menu for the Fair.

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Best Minnesota Beers According to Our Customers

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 13, 2019 10:00:40 AM

Whether during the dead of our harsh winter or on one of our sunny summer days, Minnesotans look forward to enjoying themselves with the best Minnesota beers.

And that’s pretty easy to do. At recent count, there were more than 150 craft breweries in Minnesota alone! The nationwide Brewers Association has rated Minnesota brewers (like Surly and Summit) among the best craft brewers in the United States. Beer made in Minnesota is on tap in hundreds of bars and restaurants, and it’s distributed around the Midwest and the country – some even around the world. This is clear: not only does our state make a lot of beer in a lot of places, but we also have some pretty damn good brews that other states would be jealous of.

So with all those massive numbers of options, how do discerning Midwesterners pick the best Minnesota beers? We polled our favorite people – you – and collected some of our favorite responses and best recommendations.

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Minnesota Original: The Real Story Behind the Bootlegger Drink

Posted by Beau Farrell on May 24, 2018 12:45:20 PM

Minnesota is a golfer's state. In fact, we consistently rank at or near the top in golfer participation in the U.S. What does this have to do with cocktails? Plenty — maybe. Minnesota's unofficial official cocktail, The Bootleg, or Bootlegger Drink, has been a favorite of the state's country club set for decades.

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Out With the Light and in With the Dark Seasonal Beer

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 13, 2017 2:14:26 PM

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.

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Orchard Ales: Minnesota's Booming Cider Beer Scene

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 5, 2017 3:41:42 PM

Once October hits, it seems our fascination and  deep  thirst for all things from the orchard strikes – whether it's apples or pumpkins, you'll notice an explosion of autumn favorites. Minnesota's booming cider beer scene is exciting and fruitful. Our orchards are plump with arguably the country's best apples, so it's only logical we'd crush it with our ciders.

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3 Vikings Party Must-Haves to Celebrate Your Minnesota Pride

Posted by Beau Farrell on Sep 5, 2017 6:05:51 PM

Hey Vikings fans, are you stoked and stocked for Sunday? Do you have your Minnesota Vikings party essentials? Gather your beer, your booze, your food and your purple pride and get ready to cheer on the Vikings, as they're one victory away from a hometown championship! 

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!

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MN Sunday Liquor Sales at Haskell's: What You Need to Know

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jun 20, 2017 6:01:04 PM

As of July 2nd, 2017, Minnesota's 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales was lifted and Minnesota began allowing off-sale liquor sales.

This means, unlike before when you needed to plan ahead, Minnesotans are able to be spontaneous! Brunch Mimosas are easier. Sunday beers with brats are faster. And while that Wisconsin beer run was fun (we love you Wisconsin), your thirst is now quenched faster, quicker, and easier, seven days a week! No more stocking up on Saturday or running dry on Sunday.

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Sustainable Sipping: What is Organic Vodka and Why Should You Switch?

Posted by Beau Farrell on Jan 17, 2017 12:03:19 PM

Interested in artisanal, organic or environmentally sustainable products? Then this blog's for you, especially if vodka is also on your interest list. Because organic vodka is on the rise.

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How To Create A Killer Bourbon Gift Basket For $50

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 13, 2016 3:11:40 PM

"If I cannot drink Bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven then I shall not go."Mark Twain

Is there someone on your VSP (very special present) list that might have a twang of Mark Twain in his or her blood? Make this holiday season a super sipper by creating a killer bourbon gift basket and slipping it under the tree. We have some ideas on how to make this holiday neat or rocking special. Sad pun attempts aside, whether you want to spend $50 or $100, we have a couple of ways to give a perfect gift for the bourbon lover in your life.

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Made in Minnesota: Loon Liquors

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 3, 2016 10:09:52 AM

“Cows, college, and contentment” is the slogan of the quaint town of Northfield, Minnesota. Though, it may soon need to add “cocktails” to that slogan, because a little distillery called Loon Liquors is making a name for itself (as well as some terrific Made in Minnesota vodka, gin, and whiskey).

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