The Weekend Starts Now, S2 Ep11: Adam Theis of Indeed + Ashley Gold of Holidae


The Weekend Starts Now podcast taped the eleventh show of its second season at Indeed Brewing Company‘s barrel room on Tuesday, June 21. This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest.

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Hear the whole episode here!

The Weekend Starts Now is brought to you by Indeed Brewing Company. Indeed Brewing Company cultivates an artfully eclectic lineup of distinctive flagship beers, well-loved seasonal releases, and adventurous specialty brews from the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. Indeed Brewing: We’re not just brewing beer, We’re crafting experiences. We are thirsty creatures, Indeed. There’s more to explore

Wherein James and Taylor talk about bigger and bigger bands stomping around the Minneapolis-St. Paul scene.

We talked beer (and sour beer in particular, with all the ins and outs that that topic entails) with brewer Adam Theis of Indeed.

We were lucky enough to talk to (and be sung to by) one of the best pop singers in the state, Ashley Gold of Holidae.

Everything you need to plan your weekend in MPLS + STPL, from new electro-soul to D4th of July and more.

Attractions: The Floating Library Returns

floating library

One of our favorite quirky components to summer, the Floating Library is all set to return to the water next weekend. The installation, which features a catalogue of artist-created publications and zines, will be anchored off the beach at Lake Phalen in St. Easy and open Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and the first weekend of August. In addition to rowing or swimming out to the library, the project will being partnering with the East Side Freedom Library to present a workshop, taught by Johnson-Ortiz, for you to make books about your family history to be included on the Floating Library. That’s happening on Sunday, July 10 from 1-4pm, and is free.

Midweek News & Notes: The New MPLS + STPL Normal

News: The MPLS Park Board is moving forward with more redevelopment, this time near the former Fuji-Ya space.

Notes: The City of MPLS is apparently is in a midlife crisis where they need to change everything about the city. Condos everywhere! But also sleek green space everywhere! New wacky acronym names for all the neighborhoods! Construction, construction, construction! There’s a sad component to this particular development, though—the MPLS Park Board essentially ran that Fuji-Ya location out of business to acquire the land for the river road, and then just sat on it for years. The daughter of Reiko Weston, the Japanese woman who opened Fuji-Ya, said the stress from the city contributed to her mother’s early death.

News: The MN Daily student newspaper at the UofM announced will only print two days a week in the fall.

Notes: We’re both shocked that the daily newspaper is going down to two days a week and has any print product for students at all. Students will have to find other ways to do the crossword in class on non-run days and just read Doctor Date on the website.

News: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN will no longer sell individual insurance plans.

Notes: We know several of our readers who are freelance or self-employed deal with the nightmare of dealing with their own insurance, and the announcement just makes it worse. Along with very expensive monthly payments, deductibles are often high enough that folks under these plans essentially pay hundreds of dollars a month for the policy and still have to pay for the bulk of any visit. If this sounds like you, we recommend talking to a MNSure rep to see if you can get a cheaper option.

News: Vote on the new MN State Parks license plate designs.

Notes: With the new license plate you gain entry into all our state parks for the year! There’s an additional expense with the plates, but it’s also a contribution to keep the parks and trails in shape.


Burger Hunter: Hoppers Bar & Grill

Hoppers Bar Grill

Day trips to the lake in Minnesota might be our greatest pastime. Head 40 minutes west to Waconia, MN and you’ll find not only a lake, but a badass burger. Drop your pin on a place called Hoppers Bar & Grill. No fish stories here—the Hickory Burger is a behemoth. This muskellunge sized burger is of a traditional grind, most likely chuck around an 80/20 clip. It’s seasoned nicely with the basics but there’s something sweet in the mix—just a hint or a touch, if you will. The patty is all hand with a loose pack rendering a wonderful texture and chew. It conjures up the feeling of lawn chairs on a pontoon. Meat wads gone wild! If that ain’t country it’ll harelip the Monopoly Man himself (Waconia replaced Baltic Avenue on “Monopoly Here & Now”)! The bun is soft and holds this sandwich in check. Oh my my my, the hickory smoked bacon with a little BBQ sauce is a reason to smile for weeks. Topped off with cheddar cheese and you’ve got yourself a burger worth taking a picture of. Much like that prize catch back in 98′. But this time you’ll have proof!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.8   Presentation: 5   Originality: 6

Hoppers Bar & Grill, 119 Olive St, Waconia;

Burger Hunter: Cooper

Vincent Burger Cooper Pub

If you are looking for a perfect setting to show off your new groutfit, look no further than Cooper Pub. You’ll contrast nicely in this Euro styled restaurant in the heart of St. Louis Park. Here lies The Vincent Burger. No it’s not dead, it’s alive and doing quite well. It’s timeless just like the atmosphere. Thankfully Vincent Francoual, chef and founder of Vincent A Restaurant, agreed to join Cara Irish Pubs (the mothership of Cooper Pub) as their Culinary Director. So the legacy lives on, folks. This burger is as good—or maybe even slightly better!—than it was before. That’s a big claim, so I’ll let you decide for yourself. The meat is a mix of ground beef and pulled braised short rib. So tasty. Infused into the burger is a smoked Gouda that’s sus of Dutch beginnings. Way way good. A fab gherkins sauce is spread on an egg bun making for the flavor ride of your life. Topped with LTO & this thing is James Worthy of an International prize. It’s TD, go get one! You’ll love the aesthetic—Vincent Burger your new home looks very good on you!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.7   Presentation: 9   Originality: 10

Cooper Irish Pub, 1607 Park Pl Blvd, St Louis Park;

Northern Spark By The Numbers

Northern Spark 2016

Last weekend’s Northern Spark packed in a lot of artsy action into spots like the Guthrie and West River Parkway. Thanks to everyone who hung out and had food and Fulton beers at the launch party! The festival just released some numbers which are pretty interesting, so we thought we’d share:

Number of attendees: More than 34,000
Number of projects: 43
Individual minutes spent in the Night Library: 36,000 page views: 113,579
#nspk16 and #northernspark images on Instagram: 1,784
Length of thunderstorm: 2:26 AM – 2:53 AM