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​Skål! Scandinavian Spirits at Heritage Hall in Moorhead

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 15th, 2018

Ale bowls - photograph by Chris Larson

When I was first introduced to the traditional spirit of my ancestors, Akvavit (or aquavit), I never thought I’d ever find myself standing next to a giant “Viking” ship while comparing different brands of the “water of life” but there I was, on a Tuesday night at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead for the opening reception of “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits”.

The exhibit is presented by the Historical and Cultural society of Clay County and is currently running through October…

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​Treat yo self: Rare Beer Picnic

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

Rare Beer Picnic 2017 - Schleif Photography

Once a year, fans of beer in the FM area have access to what their heart desires... bragging rights. The Rare Beer Picnic grants beer aficionados the ability to taste whatever their heart desires from their favorite beer categories. With 15 breweries from the region sampling their best “rare” beer there is something for every beer zealot.

In its fourth year the Rare Beer Picnic defines rare beer as aged, soured and infused. Look for tasty treats from local breweries, but also from…

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Cottonwood Cider House rules

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 20th, 2018

By Ben Myhre
benmyhre35@gmail.com

How lucky we are in the FM area that we have so many craft breweries, but did you know that we also have two cider houses? Cottonwood Cider House is one of those cider houses and is just a short drive from Fargo outside of Ayr, North Dakota. While you can find their delicious ciders on tap in several Fargo venues, the Ayr cider house also gives an opportunity to get out of the town and see a unique area attraction. Today, we are going explore Cottonwood…

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​The best brews: Under brew skies

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 13th, 2018

Under Brew Skies

On June 16, the North Dakota Brewers Guild will be presenting “Under Brew Skies.” This will be the third year for the beer festival being held in Fargo’s Island Park. The festival will feature over twenty breweries primarily from North Dakota, but they also invited some friends across the river.

The entire festival benefits the non-profit North Dakota Brewers Association. Sponsored by Happy Harry’s, Sidestreet, Shortprinter, and First International Bank and Trust. The event will…

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​The Five Varietals That Will Knock Your Socks Off (And You’ve Never Heard Of!)

by Megan Bartholomay | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 18th, 2018

I consider myself an avid wine drinker, but I recently found out there are more than 10,000 varieties of grapes, and about 1,500 of those are used to make commercial wines. I don’t know about you, but I could probably name about 50 before I exhausted my list (and I think that’s pretty good). Looks like I have some studying (read: drinking) to do. Ever heard of Grand Noir de la Calmette? Me either. How about Magaratch Ruby? Yeah, didn’t think so. And frankly, even if you had,…

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​A new martini night fundraiser for FMCT

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 11th, 2018

For over seventy years, the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre has been a driving force for local theatre arts and as such, has been continuously evolving not only its facilities at The Stage at Island Park but also its fundraising efforts. This year, the FMCT has created a special new fundraising event that hopes to stand out in a field of wine and beer tasting events that has begun to feel a bit crowded, as of late.

The First Annual “Shaken, Not Stirred” is a martini tasting event…

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​Republic brings many new brands to Whiskey Fest 2018

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 4th, 2018

The area’s premiere whiskey sampling event, Fargo Whiskey Fest, is right around the corner and a sneak peek at the list of products being poured has me salivating and working on my plan of attack for the evening. Before I give you just a tiny taste of what on this year’s product lineup, I’d like to give just a bit more information about the event and exactly what your $35 ticket gets you.

First, let’s talk about the fact that it is a charity event that benefits “A Christmas…

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​My favorite whiskeys of 2017

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 27th, 2017

“What are some of your favorite bottles of whiskey?” is a question I get asked quite frequently and is often harder to answer than one might think. One of the great rewards of my profession is getting to sample some of the finest whiskeys the world has to offer and while I could talk nonstop about some of the best I have ever had, if it’s ultra rare and you will probably never have an opportunity to drink it, what’s the point?

Therefore, for a year-end review of some of the best…

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​Your guide to holiday sparkling wine

by Megan Bartholomay | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 27th, 2017

I don’t remember where I heard it, but someone once said, “You don’t save Champagne for a special occasion, Champagne IS the special occasion.” I could not agree more.

Champagne is not only massively underrated as an everyday drinking wine (for good reason: it’s kinda pricey), but it’s way too misunderstood in the world of grape-derived beverages. It is however, HANDS DOWN, my favorite thing in the entire world to drink. On my bucket drinking list: a bottle of 1998 Krug Clos…

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​Ham, lamb and turkey, OH MY! Your guide to holiday wine pairing

by Megan Bartholomay | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2017

Believe it or not, “The Holidays” are upon us. If you’ve been to Target lately, and I know you have, you may have noticed that the Christmahanakwanzika stuff is already up (if you’re unsure of that term, Google it).

In fact, last week they came to install the holiday lights on my house. No, I haven’t had the audacity to turn them on. Yet. And although I’m like, really, November? I am pretty jazzed about the upcoming holiday food situation: Turkey, ham, lamb, prime rib,…

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