Awhile back, we stumbled into Bent Brewstillery to try some of their brews. Located just Northeast of NE Minneapolis, Bent Brewstillery separates themselves from most of the breweries in the Twin Cities. The brewery feels as if you are drinking in an upscale garage that belongs to your crazy homebrew friend. Whether this was the vibe they were going for or not, it is legit.
After trying a few of their brews, one of the brewers came over and chatted with us about the brewery. It turns out, Bent not only makes a wide variety of brews, but they also make their own whisky and bourbon on site. Aside from this, they have a large area dedicated to brewing in oak aged barrels, allowing for some unique higher percentage brews. So, if you are looking for some of the best sour beers around, some fresh liquor, or just looking to enjoy a tasty brew – Bent Brewstillery is a must try.
Locations: 2925 Cliff Rd E Burnsville, MN 55337 | 1731 South Robert StWest St Paul, MN 55118
For those who still don’t know, legitimate BBQ really does exist in the Twin Cities. After finally hearing about the Rack Shack, we figured why not give it a try. After living in Kansas CIty for a few years and moving back to the TC area, I have struggled to get my fix for something nearly as good, and I only had hopes that this would be the cure.
This monstrous food item above is known as the Hobo. The Hobo is pretty much every side thrown together over a big ass baked potato, making up over 2lbs of BBQ greatness. This dish is insane: with a potato as its base, then soaked in a buttery sauce topped with cheesy corn, creamy jalapeño macaroni, tender pork, beef brisket, bacon blue cheese cole slaw and drizzled in cheddar cheese (and an side of cornbread). Weeew, that was a lot to say, but way more to digest.
Every ingredient added to the Hobo was right on point. Both the brisket and pork were tender and smoked to perfection to accommodate the behemoth of a potato buried beneath. Anyways. . . this place is the real deal, and I really can’t wait to try the next dish.
Location: 2506A Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 Hours: M/W/TH: 4-11 | TU: CLOSED | FR: 4-12 | SA: 12-12 | SU: 12-9
Last year, Fair State Brewing Cooperative emerged in Northeast Minneapolis. The co-op brewery is Minnesota’s first, and also happens to be one of the very few in the United States. Everything about the brewery is community driven, as they offer a variety of benefits.
What exactly does a co-op brewery have to offer, you might ask? Well, quite a bit if you want to purchase a share of the brewery and become a member. The cost, $200. If you are a beer nerd, this is actually a VERY fair price. Members will have first dibs on new releases, special discount on happy hours, the ability to have recipe input and voting rights within the brewery (and many other features). For the full article and definition listings, click HERE. Also, if you aren’t a Minnesota resident, don’t bother trying to buy a share, because you must be a resident.
Location: 199 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul When: Sunday, July 24th
With the release of Drake’s highly anticipated album, Views From The 6 on the horizon, the Toronto artist has announced a summer tour with Atlanta’s own Future. The “Summer Sixteen” tour will begin July 20th in Austin, before heading north throughout the mid-west. There aren’t many concrete details regarding the event, but we do know that general admission tickets will be on sale at noon on August 29th. Click the link below for more info and stay tuned for the updated ticket links.
This past Wednesday night, we kept things moving with a hip-hop showcase. The night featured: Manny Phesto, John Shrimpnose & Prophetta, Devon Reason, Mac Drakula, Nathan Ejuwa, Adriatic, DJ Travis Gorman and DJ Low. This is a small sample size of the artists that performed, as we have more photos to come. For want ended up being another successful night of music in Minneapolis, we are excited to help cover what’s next to come. Stay locked for more and make sure to continue to support local artists.
This past Thursday night, the jazz infused hip-hop group, Doks Robotiks, held down 7th Street Entry for their EP release show. The night featured performances by: Lydia Liza, Lizea Harper, Sayth, and Sloslylove. The evening was filled with nothing but good vibes and great music. Good thing we were in attendance, as this was one you wouldn’t want to miss. We expect to see a lot more from Doks in the near future as they continue to grow into their own. Peep the tunes above browse the pics below. Make sure to stay tuned for more to come!
Two nights ago, the Cabooze was lit. The evening featured a stacked lineup: The Palmer Squares, CRAM, Spencer Joles & Nazeem, Boofsquad and beat sets from Phib & Lolambie, PRIME.CUT and Blamsiss. If you didn’t make it out, we got your back with a few highlights above. This is just a glimpse of another successful night of hip-hop in the twin cities with many more to come. If you are still just hearing about some of the above artists, take a moment to press play and vibe out as Minneapolis continues to churn out dope music.
Make sure to stay tuned for the full album and more!
This past week has been a busy week yet again for Minneapolis. To kick off our week, we made our way into 7th street Entry for a solid night of music. Joined by a near sold out crowd, the Entry was set for another successful evening. With performances by: Pseudoubt, Spencer Joles x Nazeem and Otis Apollo – the night was set for hip-hop and good vibes. We made sure to capture some of the nights performers below. Make sure to stay tuned for part II and browse the artists links above.
Location: 600 First Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Sunday, March 1st // Noon-6PM
The Twin Cities Sneaker Exchange is getting set to throw their 5th event. What started as an experiment is now the cities’ premier sneaker trading, buying and selling expo attracting a wide variety of dealers/collectors. This time around the event will be at the Target Center in conjunction with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Amid the booths full of shoes, you’ll find live performances from a few local artists and painting exhibits, rounding out what should be a good time. With the Timberwolves on board, $20 tickets will get entry, as well as upper level seats for the Clippers game (March 2nd), while $40 tickets will grant you lower level seats. This one’s all ages and a solid deal for any fan of basketball or sneaker culture in general, click the link below for more information via Studiiyo 23.
Recently, Sifu Hotman has reemerged and released a full EP titled Embrace the Sun. Roughly a year ago, we caught them live at the Red Hot Art Festival and thought their three track debut sampler was pretty dope. With Guante, Dem Atlas and Rube on one record; we have one creative upbeat hip-hop record. Full of energy and wisdom, Sifu Hotman brings us something fresh to the music scene.