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CRAFT BEER: ADVENTURE AND CRAFT BEER IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA

Adventure and Craft Beer in Northern Minnesota - JoeBaur

Thousands brave the punishing sun outside the entrance of Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park, tickets in hand and ready to be scanned. These eager drinkers are sweating through their t-shirts to be one of the first to enter the 2015 All Pints North Summer Brew Fest, an annual four-hour craft beer festival featuring nearly 100 breweries from Minnesota and beyond. When admission begins, everyone shuffles forward like cattle—with those in front making a beeline for the booths of famous and favorite breweries.

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Hiking, Cycling and Paddling the Twin Cities

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About a year ago I pitched the idea of a new series to the fine folks at Falcon Guides — the very same publisher that allowed me to write my first solo book project, Best Hikes Near Cleveland. (Coincidentally that books still exists and you can still buy it.) The new series being one that takes a combination of outdoor activities and mixes them into one guide. We’re talking hiking (both urban and parkland), cycling (road and mountain), paddling, and a few honorable mentions, like cross-country skiing and rock climbing. Continue reading

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LOVE BEER AND BIKES? YOU NEED TO GET YOURSELF TO MINNEAPOLIS NOW

Minneapolis Hiawatha - JoeBaur

Heading downtown on the Minneapolis Hiawatha, you can almost hear Mark Mallman bellowing, “Minneapolis!”

Minneapolis and the Twin Cities in general will always have a home in my heart. It’s the city where I spent my 21st birthday, ushered into an inebriated form of manhood by my brother, who at the time had recently followed his now wife, a Minnesota native, to Saint Paul. I was in college back then, and had only known the Twin Cities for their four professional sports teams. That alone should have been a big enough clue that there’s plenty of urbanity to discover behind the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves and Wild. Continue reading