Minnesota State Fair going full strength

If you're planning on visiting the Minnesota State Fair but lamenting it sells only 3.2% "near beer," relax. Things have changed.

Fair officials have announced they will allow full-strength beer at the August event in response to fairgoers' complaints about paying full-beer prices for half-strength beer.

Officials say they don't expect problems with drunkenness, and point out that strong beer is already available at other Minnesota events including Taste of Minnesota, the Basilica Block Party, and at the Metrodome.


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Seattle Art Museum has TASTE

The recently revamped Seattle Art Museum is bragging about its good taste.

Not just in its multi-million dollar expansion that increased gallery space by 70%, but also about a new restaurant named TASTE.

The museum, located in the center of downtown near the hsitoric Pike Place Market, now offers a restaurant that operates not only during the facility's normal hours, but after hours as well for the public at large.

Part of the restaurant is the Private Dining Room which houses an installation by local artist Jeffry Mitchell. It is an all-white environment that includes wall painting, decorative shelving, and the artist's ceramic sculptures.

TASTE's menu includes both large and small plates, including something called "Flights & Bites," which pairs wines of the Pacific Northwest with complementary bites of current dishes. When possible, TASTE management notes, "we will be sourcing all meat and poultry from North America. And, being kind to the ocean by adhering to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program and serving species from sustainable fisheries."


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