Food & Drink

The Weekend Playbook: Surly turns SeVIIn, a first-time downtown Mpls music fest, improv galore, and a slick new Smashburger

Smashburger/ Summit Pairing
Drew Wood

Event of the WeekHope you took the day off, because tomorrow is the Best Day of Your Life and that means a self-propelled day-long rampage through the raddest dawn-to-dusk itinerary MSP could muster. Scope the deets and make your plan

Thursday, June 20thThe theme for this month's Summit beer-fueled Third Thursday at the MIA is "Get Local", and it ushers in The Current's "Local Show" for a live broadcast, in addition to hosting a performance from Strange Names. This biz is free, but here're the exact deets

There's something called the Brooklyn Brewery Mash afoot and, while it's actually been popping up all over town since Monday, the art/food celebraish is at The Happy Gnome (Mash HQ) tonight with all sorts of deals and cheese pairings. See where else they'll be and what they'll be doing here

As if Summer is inherently just one big, mosquito-filled food fest, Blaine's Aquatore Park is hosting one (literally called Summer Food Fest) from 430-730p tonight. $25 buys you unlimited sampling from more than 30 area restos

Friday, June 21stFirst, it's the BDOYL, so do all of this starting now

Heartland Restaurant & Farm and Prairie Organic Vodka are dropping a vodka dinner from 7-10p. Proceeds from the tickets go to Charities Heartland; contact Heartland to book your seat

The Mpls bar video game comp now straddles the river thanks to Tipsy Pixels East, which's rolling at Amsterdam Bar & Hall tonight at 5p. This version's game is Halo

Saturday, June 22ndYou know that "Teach a man to fish..." saying? At 1p, that's what U of M horticulturist Charlie Rohwer is going to do at Northern Brewer, only he'll teach you how to grow beer (hops). Hop in

Gotta love when a historical society throws a beer tasting to raise money. Seriously, you're required to love it. They're taking over a schoolhouse-turned-museum from 4-7p. It's only $15 for all you can drink, so you should figure out how to get to the Hay Lake School Museum on the double

The Walkmen and Free Energy will be among the performers at 8th St and Hennepin Ave for the 10 Thousand Sounds Festival. It runs from 4-10p, and passes are only $20 here

Sunday, June 23rdIt's Surly's 7th anniversary AND they're celebrating by releasing SeVIIn at the Varsity Theater. Madness starts at 6p and IT'S FREE

Tuesday, June 25thThey're pairing five Brewery Ommegang courses with five entrees at Stout’s Pub in Falcon Heights from 6-11p. $60 is nothin' for this thang

Wednesday, June 26thThe Twin Cities Improv Fest kicks off at 530p at HUGE Improv Theater and runs through Sunday. Scope the schedule of events

Thursday, June 27thGo back to college as the Campus Club at U of M is inviting all sorts of famous beer alumni to come chat/drink beer. They're calling it "The U & Brew". Coffman Memorial Union's 4th floor is the place and $25 is the price

Try samples of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA at The Four Firkins (St. Louis Park) from 6-8p. Look at FF's owner Jason Alvey doing hilarious things here

Take your new-found boozy bravado and see Bawdy Blue: A Burlesque Revue at 730p at Honey. $7 at the door

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival kicks off at 6p in St. Paul and runs through Saturday. Scope the schedule of the totally free event

Friday, June 28thIt's TC Pride time and The Beer Dabbler's setting up shop with breweries, food trucks, and entertainment at Loring Park like last year. They're there from 530-930p, and with them will be pairings like Fulton + Natedogs, and Harriet Brewing + Mustachio's

In more Southerly reaches, the Uptown Pride Block Party rages from 6-10p outside of the Bryant Lake Bowl, with acts like MC Foxy Tann, L'Assassins, and Chastity Brown. Unlike the one at The Beer Dabbler, this one's free

Saturday, June 29thGet in your Winnebago and go to, er, Winnebago, MN for the Winnebago Craft Brew Fest from 2-6p. It pays to drive to Winnebago for a beer fest, as tickets are only $20 and there'll be 20-plus breweries including Summit and Third Street

By the way...Smashburger just debuted it's first new-look "3.0" store in the new entrance foyer at Southdale, so stop by and partake in their Summit Pairing Menu.