Worthy Adversary at Fulton taproom
It’s not baseball without beer, so it’s lucky that Minneapolis’ first taproom popped up a bloop single away from Target Field. Fulton invites imbibers into its taproom up to two hours before (but no earlier than 11 a.m.) non-Sunday home games, and at 9.2 percent ABV its Russian imperial stout is like a mitten for your liver. The dark and decadent winter seasonal dominates the palate in ways a “beer here” domestic can’t fathom (a Worthy Adversary, indeed). Sadly, this bold brew won’t last much longer, but it should be on tap during the opener.
414 6th Av. N., Mpls., 612-333-3208
Primebar’s number is up
Too soon to talk curse? When Primebar opened last summer in the Calhoun Square space that long-housed Figlio, there was hope that the contemporary sports/beer bar could bring stability to the location after the ill-fated Il Gatto flopped.
But the Restaurants America-owned chain’s Uptown outpost shut down last Sunday, seemingly out of the blue. A Facebook post Monday morning offered little explanation for the abrupt closure: “To our loyal guests: Unfortunately, we had to close our doors yesterday. We’re sorry to say goodbye, and thank you all for your loyalty. We hope our paths cross again in the future.”
See you upstairs at Republic.
A good spill
Just as Uptown loses a beer bar, it gains a popular wine bar. After five-plus years in downtown Minneapolis, Spill the Wine has headed south to Bryant Avenue and Lake Street into the old Sunrise Cyclery space. Owner Katie Greeman will open the doors to her relocated small-plates-and-vino venture Tuesday, with a few new menu items.
901 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-339-3388
The St. Paul suds whizzes at Happy Gnome are hosting their annual Firkin Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday ($50). The gastropub has gathered more than 85 firkins for this beer-tasting tent party in its parking lot. The cask-conditioned offerings come from beloved locals like Surly and Summit as well as such national big shots as Bell’s, Deschutes and Odell.
498 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-287-2018