Best Craft Breweries (That Serve Food) Near Lakeville, MN

Craft breweries are a fun destination when travelling and a great way to get out of the house a little closer to home. Minnesota has a ton of craft breweries scattered all over the state.  I have been to a lot of them because I've tried to make it to all of the Minnesota breweries in the Minnesota Hop Passport .  The Hop Passport is a small book which is filled with 100 craft breweries all throughout the state. Each brewery will stamp their page in the book when you go there and that will get you one free beer with your first beer purchase (a Buy One, Get One Free deal, but just on your first round). If you are in the Lakeville, Minnesota area and seeking a great brewery nearby, then this article is just what you are looking for.  The below list is a collection of the best breweries in the area. And below that is a second list of breweries and bars that serve food.  Lakeville Brewing Company Lakeville Brewing Company is my favorite craft brewery in Lakeville and the surrounding ar

Best Wine Slushies In Lakeville, MN

 Wine slushies are awesome! They are good anytime, but especially on a hot summer day out on a patio. The first time I ever had a wine slushie was at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. It was wine in a bag or a pouch that looked like a Capri Sun juice pouch that they kept frozen.  I'm not sure if it had to do with a special ingredient or maybe it had something to do with the alcohol, but it wasn't a frozen block of solid wine.  It was a fluffy, slushie consistency. It was great, and I was hooked! I wanted to order them whenever I went out to bars and restaurants, but unfortunately, most places do not sell wine slushies. I had them once at a small winery in Wisconsin. Theirs was delicious. But in the suburbs south of the Twin Cities, it was a struggle to find somewhere that served them. I did eventually find somewhere. Where To Get Wine Slushies in Apple Valley / Lakeville Barley & Vine Kitchen/Bar is a restaurant and bar that is technically located in Lake

Top 5 Best Beers at Lakeville Brewing Company

Lakeville Brewing Company is a both a craft brewery and a restaurant located in downtown Lakeville, Minnesota . They are located right across the parking lot from Angry Inch Brewing . They offer many beers on tap that were brewed right there on-site. Their beer menu has many staples that never change, and there are usually a couple new experimental batches available on rotation. Lakeville Brewing Company has a sister brewery in Inver Grove Heights, MN called Inver Grover Brewing Company, and sometimes they will have beers available in Lakeville that were brewed in Inver Grove's facilities. You can view their current beer selection on the Untappd page for the brewery .  If you are already at the brewery, either in their taproom or their backyard patio area (which is dog-friendly) , you can check out what is available on tap on their beer list chalkboards. Lakeville Brewery is one of my favorite area craft breweries and I have been there enough to have tried all of their beers. The

Bardstown Bourbon Company Review | Bardstown, KY

 Kentucky certainly has a lot of bourbon distilleries. Lots of the big names in American whiskey that you would recognize from your local liquor store shelves are distilled in Kentucky. In fact, that is what drew me and my wife to Kentucky for vacation in the first place. We traveled to Kentucky for 5 days specifically to go to the distilleries on the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. In addition to the big, nationally recognizable names in bourbon that you surely will find in Kentucky, there are also smaller craft operations. Bardstown Bourbon Company falls into that category. It is by no means a small operation. It had a campus and equipment big enough to impress anyone. Sure, it wasn't as big as Buffalo Trace or Maker's Mark, but it still had a "factory" size to it. Not being from the area (and not being over-the-top obsessed with liquor), we had never heard of Bardstown Bourbon Company before. We actually had BBC recommended to us by a local tour guide. We were han

Scout and Scholar Brewing Co. Review | Bardstown, KY

 My wife and I traveled to Kentucky for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail . We spent the majority portion of each of our days on vacation in Kentucky driving to different bourbon and whiskey distilleries to take tours, view the grounds, and taste the bourbon.  That was a ton of fun and we don't regret a moment of it, but we reached a point where we needed a break from the taste of liquor. We also love breweries , and beer just sounded more refreshing at that time. While we were hanging out at Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, KY, we met a tour guide named John who drives for a tour company called Mint Julep Tours . We had seen their Mint Julep tour buses all over as we traveled through the area in Kentucky. We figured that these tour guides had probably seen all of the best parts of the area and would be able to give a very good recommendation . We started chatting with John about the area and other things to do while we were there. John was really friendly and very knowledgeable. H

Should You Donate Plasma?

 When I was going to college in my late teens and early twenties, I was always short on cash. I worked while I was going to school, but it never seemed to be enough. In my search for ways to make extra money that didn't take up a lot of time, I found the opportunity of plasma donation. The basic arrangement is that you give them your plasma, and you get money. The time commitment is pretty low - a typical donation appointment lasts around an hour, but could be anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half. You can usually go twice a week, or 8 times per month. Different donation centers offer different rates, but the one I went to offered a new donor bonus of around $200, and then it was $20 for the first donation in a week and $30 for the second donation in a week. If you didn't miss any opportunities to donate and made it there 8 times a month, you could make $200! That isn't a ton of money, but considering how easy it is to donate plasma (you basically lay down and watc

Is Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market A Good Place To Work?

 I worked at Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market for several years. When I first started with the company, it was still fairly new. I worked as a clerk in one of their retail store locations. Back then, I really thought it was a great company. Sure it paid too little, but what grocery retailer doesn't pay too little ? But it was a good place to work because it seemed like they genuinely cared about the employees. They did their best to make it a fun place to work and tried to recognize employees that were doing a good job. I felt like all of my coworkers were happy to be there and that sort of upbeat attitude made for a pleasant working environment. I also liked working for Fresh Thyme because of their mission. They were a niche grocery store which wanted to sell healthy and organic foods at reasonable prices. While they never said this, my impression was that they were trying to be like a cheaper Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. They had a list of ingredients which they wouldn't h