Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge has gone belly up. Apparently, the Asian fusion copycat joint that moved into Thom Pham’s former Azia space in south Minneapolis couldn’t rekindle Azia’s cranberry wonton-stoked glory days. Eat Street Buddha’s online presence has vanished like a ghost, but let’s hope would-be tenants aren’t spooked by the dreaded “cursed space” chatter.
Toehold in distilling
After acing the whole beer-making thing, the crew behind Steel Toe Brewing has entered the spirits game with their separate-entity Millers and Saints Distillery. Based in Steel Toe’s St. Louis Park brewery, Millers and Saints launched its debut vodka last week. Whiskey plans are in the works. The family affair is led by brothers-in-law Joe Muggli and Jason Schoneman (Steel Toe’s brewer), and their father-in-law Ron Olney.
Add another stop on those northeast Minneapolis taproom crawls. Bauhaus Brew Labs — another mash-minded family venture — opens its 2,000-square-foot taproom today. Aided by nearly $43,000 in Kickstarter cash, Team Bauhaus’ taproom features a reclaimed barn-wood bar, live music and karaoke, and will open with a pilsner, lager and German-style Schwarzbier.
3-11 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., 1315 NE. Tyler St., Mpls., 612-387-1407, bauhausbrewlabs.com
Beer, the movie
Minneapolis filmmaker Dave Okar debuts his local suds documentary, “Crafted to Last – Minnesota Beer Blooms,” Saturday at the Parkway Theater. Two years in the making, the film follows the latest wave of Minnesota craft breweries, visiting 16 breweries and brewpubs across the state, touching on the laws and history of local brewing. The Minneapolis premiere features food, live music and local beer (duh). A Duluth screening is slated for July 25.
6:30 p.m. Sat., $30, 4814 Chicago Av. S., Mpls., 612-822-3030, theparkwaytheater.com
Boom goes Belgian
Ahead of Belgian National Day on Monday, Belgian-inspired Minneapolis brewery Boom Island is throwing a weekend-long bash with live music, trivia with Ian Rans and Belgian beer educational talks from brewer Kevin Welch, Northern Brewer and Brewers Supply Group. At 6 p.m. Friday, the brewery releases its new wine/beer hybrid Cuvée de Boom, fermented with pinot grigio grapes.
4-9 p.m. Fri., 1-9 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., 2014 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-227-9635, boomislandbrewing.com