Beer, Wine & Spirits in Maplewood

Up to 47% Off Wine Tasting for 2 or 4

Northern Vineyards Winery

Stillwater

$30 $16

Taste 10 Minnesota wines at a glossy, wooden tasting bar, and then use your store credit to purchase wine by the bottle or the glass

50% Off Urban Beer Scavenger Hunt

Team Player Productions

Uptown Tavern

$50 $25

Goose Island Beer Company sponsors beer-drinking scavenger hunt, in which teams of 2 race through Minneapolis in search of five golden eggs

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting

Wild Mountain Winery

Taylors Falls

$59 $29

Tour the rolling landscape of the St. Croix River Valley, taste wines, and take home a bottle and souvenir glasses

Up to 40% Off at Sand Creek Brewing Company

Sand Creek Brewing Company

Black River Falls

$24 $15

Enjoy flights of beer from a selection of 10 year-round and seasonal brews, such as Oscar's Chocolate Stout and Sand Creek Hard Lemonade

50% Off Beer and Liquor at Ace Spirits

Ace Spirits

Minnetonka - Hopkins

$16 $8

Craft Beer and Whiskey boutique carries a vast selection of whiskey, bourbon, and all other spirits, as well as beer for every budget

53% Off Hopkins Brew Fest at Hopkins Tavern

Hopkins Brew Fest

Hopkins

$40 $19

(25)

From complimentary glasses, guests sample up to 60 beers from 30 breweries while live music plays at outdoor brew and raspberry fest

55% Off Painting Event with Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate

Next Chapter Vineyard

Lanesburgh

$130 $59

Sip on wine paired with cheese and chocolate while using acrylic paints to create take-home masterpieces; 11 dates in August available

Up to 53% Off Winery Tour and Tasting

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Kingston

$52 $25

(10)

Get a behind-the-scenes take on the winemaking process with a vineyard tour followed by a tasting of Hungarian- and Austrian-style wines

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Northern Vineyards is a shared winery owned by the Minnesota Winegrowers Cooperative, a group of winemakers who own 1- to 15-acre vineyards across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Members grow Frontenac, Prairie Star, and other grape varieties that perform well in the region; since the region has a cold climate and short growing season, grapes grown here must tolerate lower temperatures, ripen early, and be able to knit their own woolen mittens. In the fall, growers lug their mature grapes to the main winery in Stillwater, where award-winning winemaker Robin Partch transforms them into 30 kinds of wine.

The winery’s barrel room hosts wine tastings seven days a week at a glossy, wooden tasting bar. There’s also an outdoor deck that overlooks a historic lift bridge along the St. Croix River. In nice weather, visitors can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with a glass of wine on the deck.

223 Main St N
Stillwater,
MN
US

A Minneapolis fixture since the glaciers receded and left early Minnesotans with the desire for a strong, strong drink, the 8,000-square-foot Broadway Avenue Merwin houses more liquid libations than Dionysus's former home, the Alpha Sigma Sigma fraternity house. Globetrot through German, Belgian, Irish, and domestic craft beers; $10 six packs of New Grist gluten-free beer are also available. Merwin adds elegance to candlelit evenings with a wine selection more diverse than the types of mold that grow on an old set of dentures. Harder stuff such as $10 1-liter bottles of Black Velvet whiskey and Clan McGreggor scotch ($14 for 1 liter) warms any chilly evening. With Bombay Sapphire gin ($26.99 for 1 liter), Casa Noble's two-year anejo tequila ($55 for 750 ml), and Grey Goose vodka ($34.99 for 1 liter), Merwin has 10 times the selection of even the swankest bar and usually fewer fistfights, so it’s an excellent alternative to a night on the town, especially since your bed will always drive you home safely.

1559 Larpenteur Ave
Falcon Heights,
MN
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Pump It Up's Inflatable Party Zone balloons kids’ excitement with an enormous playspace that welcomes open-play sessions and private parties. Tots 34" and taller run and leap in huge bounce houses, soar down an inflatable slide, and practice for future zero-gravity triathlon events in a bouncy jousting arena and basketball court. Various open-play sessions give kids of all ages free rein to the fun zone while accompanying parents stand by to officiate bounce-house property-line disputes. Pump It Up also boasts myriad celebratory and special-event shindigs, with friendly staffers supervising jumpers, and serving pizza and favors in a vibrant party room.

7045 6th St N
Oakdale,
MN
US

The menu at Café Cravings, sister restaurant to Cravings Wine Bar & Grille, is in essence an encyclopedia of classic American cuisine. There are the sandwiches, which run the gamut from crisp BLTs and triple-decker clubs to the sizzling, strawberry-kissed Monte Cristo. There are the soups, which fill sourdough bread bowls, and the rotating selection of quiches. But most impressive has to be the breakfast. The 25-strong selection is served all day, ensuring that even those who wake up late or have their watch on backward get a bite of fluffy, ham-stuffed Denver omelets and apple-walnut pancakes topped with maple butter.

The eight-page dessert menu is no slouch either. Those who call ahead get their pick of whole cakes, tarts, cobblers, pies, cheesecakes, and other sugar-laden delicacies, which they can pick up inside or at the convenient drive-through window.

755 Bielenberg Dr
Woodbury,
MN
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Ken Davenport, the producer of Altar Boyz, crafted My First Time from a collection of more than 40,000 first-hand stories of people's first sexual experiences. The stories were all submitted anonymously to a website in 1998 and were drawn from the fossilized depths of the pre-socially networked Internet, where MIDI files swooped over vast primordial lakes of raw HTML. The range of pathos for such an assemblage is easy to envision, with tales vacillating from the sweet and silly to the absurd and existentially horrifying. Four fully clothed actors weave the anecdotes together from fine, lacy yarns of minimally graphic language while sitting monologue-style atop stools on center stage. Over the course of 90 minutes and without intermission, the play cheekily reveals true stories from real people and the five W's of their first adult trials. The result is a play infinitely more compelling than alternative premises such as My Initial Sandwich or New Shoes: The Blister Stories.

200 Doctor Justus Ohage Boulevard
Saint Paul,
MN
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Click here for a full list of courses and pairings for each dinner. Dinners take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and begin with a meet and greet with the brewers and chef at 6:30 p.m.

6 W 6th St.
Saint Paul,
MN
US