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Minnesota State Fair – New Foods to Add to Your Traditional Favorites

August 27, 2019

If you can’t find something (from a gazillion or so food choices!) to eat at the Minnesota State Fair, you’re not doing things right. “The Great Get-Together,” as it’s dubbed, is North America’s largest Fair based on attendance. More than 2 million people went through the gates last year, setting a new record. But attendance…Read More

Take a Tour Through some Great SoMinn Event Centers

August 15, 2019

Occasions like anniversaries, weddings and reunions call for special event venues. When organizing an event, many folks are confronted by many decisions. Choosing a venue is the one decision that will have the largest impact on any event. The date of the event, catering options, and attendees’ pleasant experiences…all are affected by which venue is selected.…Read More

Beverage Artisans that do More Than One — Brew, Distill and/or Make Wine

August 15, 2019

There have always been those who like to imbibe from time to time. With the onslaught of inventive beverages sneaking their way into the mainstream, lines are being crossed, and so too are loyalties to any one beverage. More adventurous consuming is becoming the norm, breeding bi-curious indulgers and producers alike. The latter are now…Read More

Home Sweet Homebrewers and Winemakers

August 7, 2019

Home crafted beer and wine can deliver on a number of things – value, variety, quality, pride. The practice is more popular than ever, and a growing number of “make-your-own, brew-your-own” artisans are proving one can concoct great-tasting juice and suds, without leaving the house. Richard & Gail Chilman (Le Sueur-vintners) and Kevin Laird (New Ulm-brewer)…Read More

Pucker Up: Sour Beers are Here to Stay

August 7, 2019

Tart and fruity. Funky and acidic. Light, but citrusy. The beer scene isn’t the same as it used to be, and one thing’s for certain – the trend towards sour isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. For a little lesson in the science of sour, we spoke with three of Southern Minnesota’s brightest brew masters who…Read More

A Spirit of Excellence: Distilling Scene in SoMinn Small but Impactful

August 7, 2019

Everyone knows where to find breweries and distilleries, especially with their popularity for tastings or a fun night out. But have you ever considered visiting a distillery? If you don’t already know, a distillery is where all of your favorite spirits are created: vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila. Distilling is essentially extracting the alcohol from beer…Read More

A Guide to Southern Minnesota Wineries

August 1, 2019

Most Minnesotans grew up thinking they’d never be a part of the romantic, sun-soaked vineyard scene – at least not without leaving the state. But a burgeoning hybrid wine grape industry has taken root in cold-climate states, led in part by one known for its warm people and freezing temperatures. As experimentation with cold-hardy grapes…Read More

2019 List of Breweries, Cideries and Distilleries in Southern Minnesota

August 1, 2019

LIST OF BREWERIES and CIDERIES Angry Hog Brewery | | 500 23rd Avenue NW, Austin Launched: 2013 Availability: Draft Taproom: Yes Angry Inch Brewing | | 20841 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Launched: 2016 Availability: Draft, growlers Taproom: Yes August Schell’s Brewing Co. | | 1860 Schell Road, New Ulm Launched: 1860 Availability: Draft, bottles, cans Taproom: Sundays Memorial Day…Read More

Get Outside – Visit Some of the Area’s Best Patios

July 22, 2019

Finally, patio season is here again, and that means it’s time to hit a few of the best al fresco dining and drinking destinations in Southern Minnesota. If you’re starving for sunshine, to be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a city, be pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden, or be mesmerized by the…Read More

New restaurant aims to join in Lake Zumbro revival

July 22, 2019

LAKE ZUMBRO — There was a time when you could run your boat on Lake Zumbro from south of the White Bridge Road, well above the Sandy Point Supper Club, to the very north end, past Rattlesnake Point to the century-old dam and powerhouse. Those days are gone, as is the supper club, which was…Read More

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