Beer, Wine & Spirits in New Brighton

$24 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Wine, Beer, and Spirits from Merwin Liquors ($48 Value)

Merwin Liquors

Multiple Locations

Expansive liquor store features a craft beers, build-your-own six-packs, and whiskey gurus that find a drink to suit any palate

$16 $8

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$43 for Beer-Flight Package with Growler at Lift Bridge Brewing Co. ($72 Value)

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.

Stillwater

Take home a pint glass, T-shirt, hat, and growler filled with Lift Bridge craft beer

$72 $43

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four Plus Wine Credit at Northern Vineyards Winery (Up to 47% Off). Four Options.

Northern Vineyards Winery

Stillwater

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

$30 $16

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$15 for a Tasting for Two with Wine, Cheese, and Truffles at Next Chapter Vineyard ($30 Value)

Next Chapter Vineyard

New Prague

Sip on wine paired with cheese and chocolate truffles during tasting hours on weekends

$30 $15

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$27 for a Wine Tasting for Two with Take-Home Bottle of Wine at Wild Mountain Winery ($52 Value)

Wild Mountain Winery

Taylors Falls

While surrounded by the rolling landscape of the St. Croix River Valley, students learn how to appreciate, drink, serve, and store wine

$52 $27

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Beer Flight and Pint Glasses for Two or Four at Sand Creek Brewing Company (Up to 46% Off)

Sand Creek Brewing Company

Black River Falls

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

$24 $14

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Winery Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Kingston

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

$52 $25

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Wine and Spirit Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery (Up to 50% Off)

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery

Eau Claire

After sampling small-batch wines and spirits, guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the Tasting Lounge, plus $10 off any bottle purchase

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Bottles of Wine and Souvenir Glasses at Hinterland Vineyards (Up to 54% Off)

Hinterland Vineyards

Clara City

Made from Minnesota-grown grapes, this vineyard’s blended wines include two recent award winners—the Happy Creek Red and La Crescent

$51.90 $25

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Scott Hansen's Comedy Gallery splits sides with stand-up comedy performances served up alongside full dinners. Take a seat at Welsch’s Big Ten Tavern at 8 p.m. to enjoy a quarter-chicken dinner, served with soup or salad, and the choice of a baked potato, au gratins, garlic mashed potatoes, wild rice, steamed vegetables, or a side of already-primed smiles. At 9 p.m., the laughs begin as that evening’s comic takes the stage. On September 9 and 10, veteran Minneapolis comic Jodie Maruska relates hilarious hijinks about life, family, and body acceptance. On September 16 and 17, Eugene Meaux presents a menagerie of relatable characters from daily life in a fun, friendly, and real performance. On September 24, laugh along with comedian Jim Wiggins, who has tickled audiences on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in a performance that harkens back to the witty styles of comedians like George Carlin and Thomas Edison.

2400 Highway 10
Mounds View,
MN
US

Since purchasing a used limo in 1993, Leland ?Lee? Casto has had the same job: transporting clientele on trips and tours throughout the Twin Cities. His fleet, however, is now significantly larger, with numerous vehicles including stretch limos that fit 6?22 passengers. Guests can sip refreshments from tumblers and champagne flutes as Lee whisks them off on all types of journeys, from bar-hopping excursions to airport-bound jaunts. He also accommodates patrons on several tours, which include winery visits, two gangster-themed expeditions, and guided treks past ghost-filled mansions and twinkling holiday lights.

15201 Running Aces Blvd.
Columbus,
MN
US

In the open autumn air at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Twin Cities Oktoberfest celebrates all that is German during its two days of festivities. Throughout the weekend, live bands such as The Squires Band, a four-piece band with 30 years of experience, entertain guests with traditional German harmonies and live renditions of the ER theme song. Between shows, audience members peruse vendors' booths, noshing on brats and German snacks. Beer from Summit and wine from Pedroncelli flow into glasses, keeping guests lingering into the evening hours as they discuss the latest in lederhosen fashion.

1621 Randall Avenue
Falcon Heights,
MN
US

Steel Toe Brewery's founder was a home brewer, fermenting beer in his bedroom overnight, until the gurgling sounds of the carboy began to disturb his wife's sleep. Origin stories like these are just one of the attractions of Taproom Tours' brewery tours, which also explore the Belgian yeast of Boom Island Brewing, celebrate session ales at 612 Brew, and enable sud savoring in the wood-paneled taproom at Indeed Brewing Company. Visitors taste sample brews at each location, and, helped along by a knowledgeable guide, explore the breweries' inner workings until they have learned every yeast strain's first name and favorite sports team.

10821 Kumquat Street Northwest
Coon Rapids,
MN
US

Though Little Venetian opened in 2002, the family behind the operation has been treating locals to Italian flavors since 1928, when Mama and Papa Vitale opened a modest vegetable stand. Now, decades later, diners can enjoy their fresh produce whipped up into hearty meals, made in accordance with Vitale family recipes. Pastas and pizzas come coated in slow-cooked marinara or alfredo sauces, and plates of chicken parmigiano and Italian sausage warm forks and souls with homemade flavor.

2900 Rice St
Little Canada,
MN
US

Inside its rustic Uptown dining room, Spill the Wine invites diners to pair local wines with tapas-style servings of new American cuisine. The menus?which readily accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets?rotate seasonally as the chefs scour local, sustainable farms for new ingredients. Shareable plates of wild-caught salmon with elote salad or house-made spaghetti with quinoa meatballs reflect the chefs' eclectic influences.

Worldly Wines

With more than 100 wines?including more than 30 by the glass?Spill the Wine provides plenty opportunities for pairing food and drink. The selection of Old and New World bottles is designed to complement the current menus, with everything from crisp French sauvignon blancs to bold Columbia Valley syrahs occupying the extensive list.

A Glance Inside

Edison bulbs, walls with patchy brickwork and mismatched wooden slats, and a bar supported by empty wine barrels provide a rustic ambiance. At the same time, the dining area features some elements that lend a modern, industrial vibe, such as the exposed ductwork, concrete floors, and the furnace where the staff smelts every piece of used silverware after service.

1101 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis,
MN
US