The Minnesota Skinny
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Well-had conversations about beer, food, sports, dogs, crime, food sports, food crimes, dog food, and sports crimes. We extract useful information, but we also do stupid stuff. It'll be the best 45ish minutes you never get back all week!
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Episode 32: Inside Looks at Ian Grey's Food Truck, a Preview of Hoops Brewing w/Dave Hoops
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Kind of a short show this week - we’re only running about 35 minutes, but we get a lot done. Buckle up!
I spoke with Ian Grey. Ian runs two Minneapolis food trucks, the Curious Goat and the Smoking Cow. He, unlike many of the area’s food trucks, opts to park his truck at one spot for residency-type stays rather than one-night stands. He explained the pros and cons of that model. He also gave me a giant bowl of poutine, and tried listing everything he’s got in his truck while I took a bites.
He explained how he’s able to test out new foods, some things he’d like to try out in the future, and the reaction he often gets from customers when he runs out of food.
It’s not what you’d think.
Dave Hoops is practically legend among Minnesota brewers, and, after nearly 17 years at the Fitgers Brewhouse in Duluth and over two decades in the industry as a whole, the opening of his very own brewery is close at hand. He let me know what you can expect at Hoops Brewing in Duluth’s Canal Park (15:45).
He explained why he’s happy making the transition from a brewpub, where the brewery sold food, to the traditional brewery model, which doesn’t. He also gave his thoughts on today’s brewing industry, both locally and beyond, and what he and his brother talk about when they’re off the clock. His brother Mike is the head brewer at Minneapolis’ award-winning Town Hall Brewery.