Schell's Brewery

Sips: Schell’s Brewery

When we headed north to New Um, Minnesota for Oktoberfest, we planned on drinking lots of beer. But the highlight of our trip was a tour of the August Schell Brewing Company. Founded in 1860, Schell’s…

Sips: Morgan Creek Vineyards

This adventure also appeared on Minnesota Uncorked as part of this year’s 30 Days of Wine. Get in the holiday spirit by checking out the other #30DaysOfWine posts here. This fall when we headed north for a weekend…

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

Sips: Bent Brewstillery

When I travel, I love to explore local wineries and craft breweries to get a taste (literally) of the area. Over the years I’ve toted home growlers of craft brews from adventures and even helped stomp grapes at an Iowa winery. But a “brewstillery”? That was a delightful new experience for me.

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

Sips: Round Barn Winery

After a trip to Gravity, my mom and I headed up the road to Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery. Aside from being another great deal ($10 for six tastes), Round Barn has a gorgeous, unique location…

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

Sips: Gravity Winery

Vacation is pretty much designed for drinking more wine than you typically should, so it’s no real surprise that I visited more than one winery and came back to Iowa with quite a few (read: nine) bottles of wine in my car…

All Rights Reserved Megan Bannister

Sips: Virtue Cidery

Now I’ve been to my fair share of breweries and wineries, but have you ever been to a cidery? Yeah, me neither.

While in Michigan, one of our neighbors mentioned they’d recently been driving and stumbled upon Virtue Cider, which, coincidentally, is owned by former Goose Island Beer Company Brewmaster Gregory Hall…