THE POUR

Maple Syrup Cocktails and Other Minnesota Mix-ins? Um... Yes, please!

Posted by Beau Farrell on Dec 13, 2019 10:52:56 AM

Cocktails aren’t just about the spirits and liqueurs. Especially in the colder months when a little boost of richness or sweetness can help you slide through the less than ideal days, maple syrup cocktails and other mix-ins might be just the kind of treat to satisfy your desire for a drink with something different.

What’s even better than using an array of many options from cocktail mix-ins highly regarded around the world? How about local Minnesota-made ingredients that elevate a drink to just the right degree?

Check out these cocktail recipes with local Minnesota syrup and jams. Plan to pick up some fine honey, preserves, syrups, and other products from our fine state to add an extra burst of flavor to these cocktails.

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Make a Day of It: Best Wineries to Visit This Winter

Posted by Beau Farrell on Nov 14, 2019 2:05:00 PM

With the ebb and flow of the seasons, you might be feeling like it’s time to put away any road trip lists until the warmer weather returns. But you’d be missing out on a great opportunity that the great state of Minnesota offers like few others: wineries in the winter.

Many Minnesota wineries are open and ready to welcome you this winter. You may even discover that wintertime visits to wineries offer a change of pace and a change of place you’ll enjoy as a new yearly tradition. Even better? Many of the wineries on our list feature wine along with cider, beer, and some even have their own distillery!

Cure your cabin fever and come along on your very own winter winery itinerary.

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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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