Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pittsburgh Affair! Plus proof that I fangirl my own city: My Faves of Minneapolis – Music, Beer & Food

Pittsburgh or Bust
In one week and one day I will be hurtling in an airplane towards the east coast and Pittsburgh, PA. Now, most of you may know how I am in love with Pittsburgh…the city, the people, PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates. I almost feel dirty because I am cheating on my first love of Minneapolis/Twins. Anyways, I am so very much looking forward to this baseball weeked with Those Girls & Pittsburgh, The City. It is Garrett Jones Action Figure Weekend and well…let’s be honest…shenanigans are bound to happen when there is beer, a city, and an action figure.

Hometown Pride
There are so many awesome things about Minneapolis…it’s almost impossible to list them BUT I am going to give it a try.

Tune into 89.3 The Current on Saturday, May 15 and enjoy Minnesota music at its finest. The Current will be playing only Minnesota music all day long. Check out their Minnewiki for more info.


There are some kickass breweries here in Minnesota (and Wisconsin). The past few years I have been…hesitant to order Premium Grain Belt whilst rocking out at First Ave or any outdoor music festival because…well…because of Hipsters. For a while there Premium was the Hipsters Choice of Beer and that really turned me off it. Thankfully, the flighty tendencies of the hipsters have them moving on to tallboys of PBR. Whew! Now I can enjoy my local brew again! Plus, last month they launched a new brew in their collection… Grain Belt Nordeast! If you are a local guy or gal you know that Nordeast is known as the Hipster Capitol of the world and yet that won’t discourage me from testing this newest edition to the Beer Family. (Word has it that the secret ingredient is tears from a crying hipster at a Vampire Weekend concert.)


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Matt’s Bar, the Institution. Besides music and beer I find myself having a lot of pride in one place…a bar that serves hamburgers…nee Amazingly Simple Tasty Treasure Filled Hamburgers. Matt’s Bar, the Institution. This place holds a special place in my heart (and my neighborhood). It is the home of the ORIGINAL Jucy Lucy. Man vs Food was there, food wars, Andrew Zimmerman, Anthony Bourdain…they all have to stop at Matt’s Bar and so should you! Hey, if you are coming to town this summer to check out the new Target Field give me a call and I’ll take you to Matt’s. A couple months ago I got to show/brag/preen/crow/introduce Matt’s Bar to Sarah (Scoreboard Gourmet) to the awesomeness of the Jucy Lucy. You can read her recap here plus tons of other great stadium food items (including a bunch from Target Field).


haasertime said...

the first time I've ever heard northeast referred to as a hipster capital of anything. But I guess anything is hipster when compared to all the Gustavus and St. Olaf grads hanging at Williams Peanut Bar.

Baseball_Lipgloss said...

I just think of all the Jaros, North East Palace, and 311 bars filled with hipsters...all the bicycle bar crawls, the craft stores, the basement djs.

haasertime said...

yeah, thankfully I've never been to those places besides 331, which is absolutely stinky with hipsters. And with the Williams comment, I was just trying to say that (thankfully) there are no places like that in NE. (Well, maybe Gasthaus/Marios Keller Bar some nights.)

Also, you'll have to give us a report on what makes PNC the best park ever and how TF stacks up. Don't forget to include their hilariously low attendance!