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06-08-2011, 08:34 PM
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Since nobody's covered what to drink, although the idea of drinking heavily has come up, I cannot over-state the importance of sampling Minnesota beers. Some folks like Summit, but to me, it has always tasted like soy sauce. Coming from the northernmost reaches of New England, I grew up on Labatt's and Molson, neither of which are unheard of in the TC, but if you're looking for a good hockey beer, try Grain Belt Premium. There are more than enough taps at the X, but if you're looking for a good session beer for after/before/during the game, the fruit of New Ulm is the best hockey beer in the area.

If you're into fancy, that's also available. The aforementioned Summit originates from St. Paul, but for me the real local gems are Surly (Brooklyn Center) and Schell's Dark (New Ulm).

Secret bonus protip Do not bother with anything but Philips rail drinks in Minnesota bars. The local distillery makes excellent Rye and Vodka, and Peppermint Schnapps for your wife and girlfriend.

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