Valentine's Day at Number 4, the Restaurant, in Mankato

The Full Monty at Number 4 Mankato restaurant

The Full Monty at No. 4 Restaurant in Mankato


Minnesota Restaurant Association Presents Five Awards For Industry Excellence and Contributions

Tom Frederick Sr. - Minnesota Restaurant Association Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Restaurant Association presented five awards at its gala 2014 Awards Ceremony November 24 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington. The award recipients included:

• Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame: Tom Frederick, Sr. - Happy Chef, Mankato

• Restaurant of the Year: Lake Elmo Inn, Lake Elmo

• Allied Vendor of the Year: US Foods, Plymouth

• Legislative Advocate of the Year: Buffalo Wild Wings Government Affairs Team

R. Steven Watson, Certified Club Manager



New Noble Star: Schell's Release of Starkbier Style with Dawn of Aurora

Dawn of Aurora from Noble Star Series, August Schell

New Ulm - August Schell Brewing Company (Schells) announced last week the release of Dawn of Aurora, part of their Noble Star Collection of specialty Berliner Weisse style sours. This beer is aged in Cypress. We tried out their last release of the series, the Black Cherry No. 4, and it was quite delicious! So if you're a sour beer lover, this "strong" one will be for you!


Historic Grain Belt Sign Gets New Lease on Life from August Schell

Grain Belt Beer Sign

NEW ULM, MN (Nov. 12, 2014) — August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota-based brewers of Grain Belt beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis’ most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island. In connection with the purchase, the brewery is in the process of discussing plans for preservation and relighting of the historic riverside sign with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.


Schells Snowstorm Hits Midwest, Along with Fresh Hops

August Schell Brewing Co. Fresh Hop and Snowstorm 2014

Schell's has released its Grand Cru 21st edition of the Snowstorm brew. Here's the deets:

New Ulm, Nov, 3- Local German craft brewery, Schell's, recently announced the release of its newest edition of Snowstorm for 2014, the Grand Cru. This is a limited edition brewed beer, no less, and is produced for the holiday season.

What began in 1994 as an opportunity for Schell's to experiment with different beer variations and styles became a tradition of new Snowstorms annually. Each year produces a new storm, so to slurp.


Tablescape Competition at Arts Center of Saint Peter

Lefse Tasting

A holiday decorating competition, eclectic holiday music spun live by DJs from KMSU 89.7FM, and dessert samples from The Cheese and Pie Mongers are the newest additions to the Arts Center of Saint Peter’s annual Holiday Fare, Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m at the Saint Peter Community Center.


Schell's Noble Star No. 4: Black Cherry

Schell's Black Forest Cherry Noble Star Collection

In New Ulm, a German beer brewing icon of the area, August Schell Brewing (Schell's) is releasing the fourth edition of of its Noble Star Collection of speciality Berliner Weisses, Black Forest Cherry. It has rolled out to a limited number of retailers in Minnesota. Schell's sent a sample over to Slanted Mag prior to release.


Schell’s Annouces Expansion for Sour Beer Line

NEW ULM, MN – August Schell Brewing Co. (, Minnesota’s oldest brewery, announced that it has finalized the purchase of 11 acres of land near its historic main campus in New Ulm. The craft brewer has immediate plans to develop a 12,000 square foot facility on the site in order to expand production of its Noble Star series of specialty Berliner Weisse sour beers. Construction is expected to commence in mid-October.


SurlyFest This Coming Weekend in Brooklyn Center

SurlyFest Flyer

The 6th Annual SurlyFest event will take place this weekend in the Twin Cities.

SurlyFest is back, Sept. 21, from 2:00 – 6:17 p.m. A regular ticket will come with a commemorative half-liter SurlyFest stein and 4 beer tickets, according to the Surly event page. A designated driver ticket gets DDs two soda tickets. There will be live music, food vendors, and of course, beer, including SurlyFest, Surly's German style Oktoberfest bier, the company mentioned.

Beer tickets won't be available to purchase at SurlyFest.

Live Music:

MN Cooperative Brewery First in State

Minnesota has the most cooperatives in the nation and the most food cooperatives per capita, according to KARE 11, but now the state boasts a cooperative that is very unique, even by its own standards: a brewery coop.