Get a taste of Lake Superior with Venture pils from Bent Paddle

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Loren Green

The Venture pilsener from Bent Paddle in Duluth might seem like a traditional Czech pilsener in style, but it's got a few Minnesota flourishes to set it apart. It's a light, crisp beer that's highly carbonated and highly refreshing, perfect for a day on the North Shore or on a beach along the chain of lakes in Minneapolis.

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Taco Cat's founders: "Who cares if you deliver something in a car? That's easy."

Categories: Interview

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Emily Eveland

Minneapolis may have its cycling struggles (see this week's cover story), but a number of factors contribute to making it one of the most cyclist-friendly cities in the country. Our dedicated bicycling community is constantly coming up with new ways to situate the human-powered machines within the mainstream.

The bike courier lifestyle has changed over the last decade, thanks to the advent of the Internet and a decreased reliance on hand-delivered documents. So couriers have had to get creative. Taco Cat did just that when they introduced their bicycle-delivered taco service last April, appealing to bicycle fanatics and taco enthusiasts alike.

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From the chef behind Haute Dish comes Nighthawks/Birdie, a modern diner

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Nighthawks, an urban American diner coming to you soon from chef Landon Schoenefeld
Coming soon to a south Minneapolis neighborhood near you (assuming you live somewhere near 38th and Nicollet) is Nighthawks, the newest venture by veteran Twin Cities chef Landon Schoenefeld. Nighthawks will be taking over the old Shorty & Wags location and will include a smaller restaurant-within-a-restaurant known as Birdie.

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The guys behind Taco Cat: "We've gotten better at our jobs."

Categories: Interview

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Emily Eveland
Tristan and Dan of Taco Cat

When Tristan Jimerson and Daniel Laeger-Hagemeister set out to open Taco Cat, their palindromic bicycle-delivered taco service, they didn't expect anywhere near the response they received within their first few weeks of business. But this is the age of the internet, and in Minneapolis, word of anything regarding tacos, cats, and bicycles spreads fast.

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Bent Brewstillery in Roseville is modern, industrial, and inviting

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Amanda Pruka
A flight of Bent's beers

This past January, Pour Decisions Brewing Company in Roseville quietly closed its doors, announcing a merge with Bent, an up-and-coming brewery/distillery. The two businesses would become one, located in the Pour Decisions site on Terrace Drive.

Some eight months later, Bent's "brewstillery" taproom is now open to the public with a lineup befitting the merger: Nordic Blond and Dark Fatha beers from Bent's original offerings mingle with several of head brewer Kristen England's recipes from Pour Decisions. The distillery side of operations just received its license last week and has yet to begin making spirits, but the brewery is all systems go.

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The Nokomis Farmers Market finishes its maiden season this week

Categories: Farmers Markets

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Look for the bright orange signs at 52nd and Chicago...

With just three market dates, the Nokomis Farmers Market debuted on a trial basis this summer. Offering a mid-week evening market in June, July, and August, this south Minneapolis venture is definitely bringing the neighborhood out to eat, shop, and be merry, but the final installment this Wednesday will be the true test. Will this fledgling market find its way? Here's our take on the new kid on the block.

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Nadia Cakes to open second Minnesota location in Woodbury

Categories: Coming Soon

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A fifteen-minute scroll through Nadia Cakes' photo gallery is a dangerous endeavor if you aren't in the position to make an emergency trip to the Maple Grove location. And even if you are, you'll be forced to endure lines that snake around the street corner as your mouth waters in anticipation. Well, eastern suburbanites, you're in luck. Nadia Cakes recently announced that they'll be opening a second location in Woodbury just before Valentine's Day.

Nadia Cakes' Woodbury shop won't stop at cupcakes -- they'll also be offering Sebastian Joe's ice cream, shakes, malts, sundaes, specialty cakes, and a new line of pastries.

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Oktoberfest comes to Minneapolis early this year, with beer and Bavarian-themed contests

Categories: Beer, Festivals

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Polish your steins, put a feather in your cap, and make amends with your liver: An early Oktoberfest celebration is moving downtown for three days in mid-September.

September 12 through 14, Oktoberfest will take place in a parking lot near Target Center on North 10th Street. The party will feature about a dozen bands and access to limitless German-themed food and drink with a VIP ticket.

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10 best vegan/vegetarian foods at the Minnesota State Fair

Categories: State Fair, Top 10

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Minnesota State Fair

Let's face it: Food is the number-one reason we attend the Minnesota State Fair. Food on a stick, deep-fried bites, giant legs and chops of meat, gallons of dairy, buckets of sweet confections -- we love it all. But what about the vegetables? Where are the fruits, beans, whole grains? Isn't bountiful agricultural production what the fair is supposed to be all about? To answer that question, we posed ourselves a challenge: Could we eat vegan at the Minnesota State Fair for one day and still love it?

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Sausage and beer emporium New Bohemia to open second location in Golden Valley

Categories: Food, News

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Golden Valley will soon be home to a new New Bohemia
Good news for sausage and craft beer lovers: Northeast Minneapolis's New Bohemia Wurst & BierHaus is opening a second location, and this time they're taking their sausage party out to the 'burbs. The company spent a lot of time looking at potential locations around the Twin Cities and have set their sights on Golden Valley.

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