Item description for Great Minnesota Taverns (Trails Books Guide) by David K. Wright...
In this guide to Minnesota watering holes, father and daughter team David and Monica Wright serve up over 75 taverns where you'll be sure to find a cold brew plus a whole lot more. Visit historic downtown taverns of the Twin Cities or quaint gathering spots in small towns. There are breweries, bars, taverns, pubs, saloons, and even a bowling alley thrown in for good measure, all offering mouthwatering suds and friendly faces. This is the quintessential guide to the best Minnesota taverns.
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Mmm...Deep fried cheese burgers Dec 21, 2004
If you need a Juicy Lucy and a tall Grain Belt, this book will tell you where to find one (Matt's, Minneapolis). Co-authors (and drunks) Monica and David Wright have created a spell-binding, page-turner, you won't put down 'til you've passed out. Although they have managed to steal some of my material, I won't press charges. There's plenty more where that came from. Also, my sources tell me this daughter/father team has just finished a sequel titled, "Great Thailand Taverns."
Perfect reviews Dec 23, 2002
If you want a book recommending every 3.2 bar in Minnesota, TundraVision, then you're right, this isn't it. Which is why everyone who wants to drink anywhere of note in the state should pick this one up. Good selections, extensive reporting on each location.
Where's Vic's? Oct 24, 2002
Well, what can I say about a book that purports to be a "Guide to Great Minnesota Taverns" that does not include Vic's Bar & Grill in Moorhead, Minnesota nor does it include the International Eelpout Festival - one of the premier Beer Consumption Events in the US, Canada, and other places from which contestants happen to stagger? This book was written by a couple of Cheeseheads (Wisconsinites.) They do silly things like referring to Fargo, SOUTH Dakota [sic.] It seems that selection criteria involves how many foreign/microbrew (e.g. Yuppy) beers a place has on tap - although a few "working-class" REAL taverns are thrown in just to amuse the connoisseur (like watching the animals in the zoo.) For example, of a local bar in International Falls: "Forget about ordering any of your favorite brews and instead bend a macrobrew elbow with a regular patron." Gee, what if I really do like Budweiser and those proud Clydesdales? Of a place in Grand Marais: "Blessedly, ... (it) is a nonsmoking venue. ... No jukebox intrudes on the calm, which is enhanced by soft blues programming delivered by satellite." Oh bless their stiff little pinkie finger! If I can't smoke my cigarettes and sing along "North to Alaska" with Johnny Horton on the juke, what's the point of being in a bar? If you would like to tour Minnesota one "designer" brew at a time, this book's for you! If not, you can play Bar Bingo with the folks at Vic's. Reviewed by TundraVision
The ideal reference for the Minnesota vacationer Aug 11, 2002
Written by the father and daughter team of David and Monica Wright, Great Minnesota Taverns is a cheerful and informative guide to historic and entertaining taverns located all over the land of 10,000 lakes. From lists of Minnesota beer festivals and events, to beer publications, tavern web sites, tavern descriptions arranged by geography, and so much more, Great Minnesota Taverns is the ideal reference for the Minnesota vacationer or local resident looking to enjoy the best tavern ambience Minnesota has to offer.