Ale Asylum Goes Big and Morning Roundup
Madison’s Ale Asylum brewery is planning a new, nearly $7 million brewery and restaurant near the Dane County airport; a review of the Brau Bros. Ring Neck Braun Ale; Betty’s (voted worst pie maker for both absolute taste and value by The Heavy Table) starts its “Slice of Heaven” tour of shopping malls (AKA); the Lyndale Tap house branches out to Apple Valley; Wisconsinites will shed their button-down image and discover the joys of alcohol at 6am; a flashback to the very stylish bust of an illegal gambling and drinking establishment on Hennepin Ave. circa 1938; Rachel reviews Sonora Grill at Midtown Global Market (we loved it); the Harvest PR firm is giving out a $25K grant to a worthy food-related nonprofit; Well Fed Guide to Life heads out to Crooked Pint Ale House; and a rave assessment of Birchwood Cafe.
James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of a book about Minnesota sandwiches and the people who eat them, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a daily video blogger for CHOW. His latest book is a guide to the food and restaurants of Minneapolis and St. Paul called the Food Lovers’ Guide to the Twin Cities. Norton has written about food for Culture: The Word on Cheese, Salon, Gastronomica, Popular Science, Saveur.com, Minnesota Monthly, and City Pages (as a weekly restaurant reviewer).