Taprooms are Overflowing with Popularity in Minnesota

A xraft-brew phenomenon was born when the so-called Surly bill passed in 2011, allowing Minnesota breweries to serve pints of beer on-site. And subsequently, a new kind of meeting and event space became readily available. The casual atmosphere is a builtin feature, but don’t be mistaken: Taprooms are a place where business gets done.

Spring Events Blossom With These Three Flower Shops

FROM PEONIES TO ROSES, there’s nothing like a bunch of flowers to enliven an event. Celebrate spring’s arrival with brightly colored flowers from one of these three Twin Cities floral shops.

Spruce Flowers and Home

To create a floral masterpiece for a customer, owner Amy Backman sits down with each client to dig in and really figure out what they’re looking for. "We like to customize," says Backman. "We don’t have a cookie-cutter design template. We love collaborating."

Events Warm Up With Cool Ice Lanterns

A do-it-yourself décor projectmay seem like a headache waiting to happen, but these ice lanterns from Minneapolis-based Wintercraft make for an easy way to create a gorgeous winter setting."Anytime you put a flame in ice, it’s beautiful," says Jennifer Hedberg, owner.

Wintercraft’s Globe Ice Lantern Kits come with easy-to-follow directions. The kits contain a heavy-duty balloon that users fill up with water and place on the freezing bases when it’s cold. A guide then lets people know how long to freeze it before popping the balloon and peeling it off.

Signature Drink - Prairie Gin-ger

The Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company whipped up this original, herbal cocktail for Minnesota Meetings + Events, and it truly is the drink of the season. Ginger and beer mix with coriander, angelica, lemon, cassia and juniper gin flavors to create a taste that isn’t too dry, and satisfies with a soft, minty finish. Bust this out at your next soiree, and your guests won’t be disappointed.

2 oz. Prairie Organic Gin
4 oz. Champagne or prosecco
1/2 oz. ginger beer


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