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Get Stone, Stoopid

Summer, like all good things, is moving entirely too fast. With that said, do your best to slow down and enjoy some great summer beers. To be totally honest, I’m not always the biggest fan of summer beers. They always seem too light in the flavor department and...

When the Numbers Don’t Lie

First of all, with regards to wine ratings in magazines, I view them as a reference or an affirmation, not as dogma. I like to taste for myself first and make up my own mind. The wines this week all have scores in the Wine Advocate of 90 points or higher. I’ve tried...

Feel-Good Hops for the Summer

I love this time of year in Minnesota. Softball leagues are in full swing, often with tongue-in-cheek team names—the Ball Breakers are hosting Blood Bath and Beyond tomorrow night. The next whopper of a fish might be just one cast away. Outdoor live music is...

Alison’s Wonderland

Alison Crowe is a lucky woman. She also is a hardworking go-getter with a ton of winemaking experience, considering her age. When she was 17, she put her parents on notice that she was going to be a winemaker.  She graduated from high school, enrolled at UC Davis and...

Barrel Aged Cornhuskers

One of my favorite things about writing for this blog is the opportunity to shine a light on lesser known breweries. One such brewery is the Nebraska Brewing Company. You may have seen their cans in our coolers or on the shelves. They have a pretty impressive barrel...
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