What they show is a country where hockey on a participatory level is growing by big leaps in those Sun Belt states that have new or newly popular N.H.L. teams — places like the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Georgia (despite the Atlanta Thrashers’ huge problems drawing fans), Tennessee and Florida. At the same time, the game is stagnant or even shrinking in most of its traditional strongholds, like Michigan, Massachusetts and New York State. The one exception is Minnesota, where the state federation’s HEP Program, with its “Fair Play point,” has sparked a big rise in already enormous amateur hockey participation levels.
The 14 chefs who currently share space at Kitchen in the Market — there’s still room for more — include caterers, bakers, artisans, and even a mobile food truck owner, most of whom have experience cooking professionally and running their own businesses.
It’s hard to imagine a better kitchen arrangement for an aspiring chef or an established one: 1550 square feet of beautiful, efficient space; reasonable rates ($300 - $950/month, depending on your needs); access to storage; professional-grade equipment to borrow; and experienced chefs and business people to lean on. Kitchen in the Market (KITM) is, first and foremost, a fresh take on commercial kitchen rental — the natural outgrowth of the former 400 square foot space Molly and others occupied just down the hall in the Global Market.
While Kitchen in the Market’s bread and butter is currently leasing kitchen space, it’s impossible not to be swept up by the dreams of its founding partners. “Tell them about our classes!”
The Twins have announced that 150 of their 162 games will be telecast this season on Fox Sports North.
Eight games are currently scheduled for national telecast on FOX or ESPN, meaning that games on FOX (Ch. 9 in the Twin Cities) will be the only ones on over-the-air TV.
This stinks for non-cable owners; and shows that MLB thinks that viewing baseball is for those that can afford to spend a honeybee-plus on cable every month. Bad enough how much we’ve got to spend on attending games as it is.
This really sucks. But not being able to sign up for MLB.tv to watch the Twins pisses me off even more.
The new $20 million destination brewery will be a two-story, 60,000 square-foot building, complete with a roof deck beer garden, a 250-seat restaurant with mouth-watering view of our brewery, and a 30-foot bar.
I’ve talked about this a lot on twitter since the announcement was made last night, about how I don’t love the idea of this proposed new brewery. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited about their growth, and I think there are great days ahead for Omar and the crew. I will be a frequent visitor to the new brewery if it does get built so it’s not like I’m boycotting them. According to Beer Advocate Forums, the rumored location is in Northeast Mpls, next to the old Grain Belt Brewery, but there is plenty of room in Longfellow if they’d like to build it down here!
This is just a proposed expansion, because Surly first needs the State of Minnesota to change a law that only small-scale Minnesota breweries are allowed to sell beer for on-site consumption. I see no reason why this law shouldn’t be changed, and hopefully this, as well as grocery store and Sunday sales will be passed soon.
I am a Surly fanboy like many others in this city. I’ve been to Darkness Day, Surlyfest, the 2nd brewery tour ever held, countless beer release parties at local bars, and I’ve tried nearly every Surly brew ever created. Heck I have bottles of Surly Darkness from the last three years sitting in my beer cellar right now.
With the support of our fans and the great state of Minnesota, we can build this destination brewery and start cranking out 100,000 more barrels of Surly beer every year—more than 850 percent more beer brewed than last year. Getting thirsty yet? Hell yeah you are!
An 850% increase in production would put them at 85,000 barrels a year. Let’s compare that to other breweries of note around the country.
Dogfish Head: 75,000 Summit: 80,000 Surly: 85,000 (up to 100k) Stone: 90,000 New Glarus: 100,000 Bell’s: 125,000 Boulevard: 140,000 Brooklyn Brewery: 200,000 New Belgium: 437,000
What stands out to me in this list is that these are some of the best craft breweries in the country, and a few regional ones that are good but not great. If Surly ends up being the next Dogfish Head or Stone, I will be extremely happy and I can definitely see that happening. The buzz around the country is huge and expanding distribution won’t be a problem. And there is definitely a great group of breweries at that next level that Omar can learn from.
So, what’s my issue? I have a few minor concerns…
1. Quality control. Surly makes great beer. Expanding that fast won’t be easy and quality needs to be maintained.
2. DIY Culture. Surly is successful because of their great beers, but also because of their DIY culture. Omar even used to deliver the beers to bars and liquor stores personally. With beer names like Darkness, Cynic, and Hell, they cater to a certain group of beer drinkers (bikers, metalheads, homebrew nerds). I’m sure the new brewery will be designed with that culture in mind, but I worry that with the new brewery, Omar will be less the face of that culture.
Some take issue with the price of a 4-pack ($10-15), but I don’t worry about that too much. People line up at breweries across the country to buy a $20 bottle of a Russian Imperial Stout, and Dogfish sells one 12oz bottle of 120min IPA for $10. This type of beer isn’t meant to replace your session beers.
Of course the idea of job creation and new revenue for the state to collect on is being touted as a reason for the change in law that would allow for Surly to even open a place like this. And while that is a very valid argument, it doesn’t automatically mean that this type of expansion is a good thing.
But really my main issue comes from watching the Discovery Channel show about Dogfish Head called Brew Masters. Dogfish Head makes some of the most interesting beers in the world, but the face of their brewery is still just a tiny Brewpub in the small town of Milton, Delaware, where they test new beers on a small scale.
That’s what I was hoping to see with Surly announcement. Go ahead and expand the Brooklyn Center brewery to meet the demands of the region and for possible expansion. But with Head Brewer Todd Haug being the co-owner of Cafe 28 in Linden Hills (his wife is the chef), I would have loved to see a Town Hall sized brewery located in the city, with excellent local food and beer made on site.
This is what I was hoping for and why I wasn’t crazy excited about the announcement made last night. I’m still looking forward to it if it does happen, just with some personal hesitations.
Please add your comments if you have any. It’s an exciting time to be a beer fan in Minneapolis.