Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 23:The Minneapolis holiday tradition Holidazzle has settled in to Loring Park for five weekends of festivities. New attractions this year include: The Thwing, an interactive multiperson swing; sleigh rides to and from downtown on Nicollet; photo ops inside giant snow globes; storytime on Sundays; s’mores stations with specialty marshmallows on Friday nights; and drag queen bingo at the Fulton Beer Garden on Friday nights. Returning faves include fireworks, movie nights, Santa meet-and-greets, bonfires and warming houses, food and shopping and free ice skating.
Some new features like a Sunday brunch, Friday night s’mores and rafts and records in the Fulton beer tent are also open to festival-goers.
Holidazzle has it all. Whether you want to meet Santa, get some Christmas shopping done or go on a sleigh ride, all your Christmas-themed excitement can be found at Loring Park.
Ryan Petz, co-founder and CEO of Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis joins us today on the phone to talk about his big Minnesota brewery. That’s right we’re back in Minneapolis for one more bonus interview from the best bike city in America. Ryan’s brewery started off brewing contract only and as the business grew, Ryan saw his role and business model changing drastically.
In the biking family, cyclocross comes off as a bit of a wild child — ready to get messy, take some risks, and do it all again if necessary.
Right down to the messy part, that was the playbook last weekend in Crystal at one of the premier events of the Minnesota cyclocross season.
The Fulton Star Cross is one in a series of weekend races that cyclocross riders have circled on their calendars when the season arrives in late August. By the time riders went over, up, down and around Lions Valley Place Park in Crystal, many had their bike legs. The weekend series began Sept. 9 at the All-City Intercontinental Championships at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
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Holidazzle announced Thursday that the annual holiday tradition will return to Loring Park in Minneapolis beginning November 23. Organizers say it will combine the classic favorite activities with a collection of new stuff that will add to the holiday cheer of visitors.
Among the new additions:
The Thwing, an interactive multi-person swing
Downtown sleigh rides to and from Nicollet in downtown’s core, with Mpls Downtown Improvement District activities on Nicollet at pick-up point
Photo opportunities inside giant snow globes
Alpacas and rescue animals on site during first four Sundays (Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16)
Storytime sessions on Sundays
S’mores station with specialty marshmallows each Friday night
Silent disco skating on Thursday nights
Adult Craft & Vinyl Night in Fulton Beer Garden on Thursday nights
Drag Queen Bingo at the Fulton Beer Garden on Friday nights
Sunday brunch at Holidazzle, including mimosas at Sociable Cider Werks, Micheladas at Fulton Beer Garden and Holidazzle Hash at Kabomelette
Minnesota’s Fulton Beer is bringing back their popular, limited release, New England-style IPA, Specter, on November 1st. Available in kegs, 4-pack cans, and draught.
This is the first time Specter will be available to wholesalers, retailers, and consumers in all regions of the United States by markets that sell and service by Artisanal Imports.
The Spector is a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and hazy appearance, with nearly 20% oats in the mash, a chloride-heavy water chemistry and low flocculating yeast. At 35 IBU’s, it was aggressively hopped
An OG among the garage taproom lot, Fulton might be one of Minnesota’s best-kept secrets. Its Sweet Child of Vine is a hoppy-sweet staple, and the Lonely Blonde is a reliable lunch-pail kind of brew. Doing simple things exceptionally well has been Fulton's calling card, but there’s plenty of creativity to be found as well. Its taproom, which just launched a permanent Airstream-housed kitchen from chef Scott Pampuch, is full of playful beers that are sometimes so good they have to become a permanent fixture like the Mosaic-hopped 300. It’s also ideally situated for grabbing catching a Twins or Timberwolves game.
Fall Seasonal to Try: Whiskey, War & Peace (11% ABV)
Fulton collaborated with Jameson to barrel-age its popular War & Peace imperial coffee stout. It’s intense and delicious, and it’s only available in the taproom for a limited time.
The Minneapolis brewery will be bringing Whiskey, War, & Peace, an imperial coffee stout aged in Jameson barrels, to GABF. The beer is rich and vibrant, showcasing Guatemalan coffee and velvety whiskey. Find the Fulton team hanging out at the Jameson Caskmates Barrel-Aged Beer Garden and seek them out on your next trip to the Twin Cities.
For the fourth consecutive year, ARTCRANK is teaming up with Fulton Brewing to provide adult refreshments and benefit a local nonprofit organization. A portion of proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Minnesota Cycling Federation and its programs that introduce kids to the sport of cycling, let them try out racing for the first time, and learn how to ride like pros.
ARTCRANK is also partnering with IDS Center — which is donating the space for the event — and the mpls downtown council to create a showcase of all the ways that cycling is transforming the downtown neighborhood, from commuting to shopping to sightseeing. Show attendees will be encouraged to take advantage of the revamped, Nicollet to arrive by bike, with free valet bike parking near IDS Center’s Nicollet entrance provided by the Cultural Wellness Center’s My Bike Project, another longtime ARTCRANK partner.
...For dinner, we sat in the open-air mess hall, enjoying a family-style rice and beans platter, gazpacho, and roasted goat from the grass-fed Shepherd Song Farm in Wisconsin. Each course came with a drink pairing provided by Bittercubeand Fulton Beer. After dinner, we enjoyed end-of-day activities, such as illuminated canoeing and a campfire social, complete with a canoe full of beer on ice...