When we first booked the tickets for Notes on Creativity, we kind of consciously blocked out the rest of the weekend in case we needed to recover from the awesomeness of the talk and tasting. When I’m REALLY excited about something, I often have a bit of an adrenaline drop afterwards and have to just chill out. For almost two months, we kept Saturday and Sunday completely free of preplanned events.
Then one of us noticed a movie we’ve been wanting to rewatch would be at the Trylon Microcinema on Saturday night. Figuring that a movie is pretty low key, we bought tickets. Then I noticed that 11 Wells would be open for the art crawl so we penciled that in. When we found out you could sign up for a free class and tasting, it went from pencil to permanent marker. And then, Friday afternoon, my partner noticed a “Tunes ‘n ‘Toons” brunch at Turf Club on Saturday morning. Since we had a Groupon to use and needed to eat before the 11 Wells class, that went on the schedule. Oh, and we found out about a fancy fundraiser for Mia being hosted at The Bachelor Farmer, with Ferran Adria as the guest of honor. We couldn’t afford the $2,000 dinner but did hear that Marvel would be open so that got added to the list as well.
This, my friends, is how my life goes. And that is not a complaint!
Let’s break it down a bit more…
A little over a year ago, the Turf Club reopened after a bit of a face lift and started serving food. Living just a few blocks away from a place serving a damn good brunch has been a dangerous but awesome problem. This is no stuffy brunch – this is hearty “lay a foundation before going to a distillery” brunch. And every Saturday in October it’s also “Tunes ‘n ‘Toons” brunch from 10am to 2pm. The TVs are playing classic Saturday morning cartoons while a local record store spins (and sells) some vinyl. Our other favorite thing about Turf Club brunch? It’s served until 4pm.
From brunch, we fought road closures over to the Hamm’s Brewery for our class at 11 Wells. The distillery got their bottle sale license just in the nick of time before the art crawl so now they can sell half-bottles (375ml) at the distillery. (The law only allows one bottle per person per day, but it’s a start!) We saw several familiar faces as most of the people involved in 11 Wells are often found behind bars (of the cocktail variety) or at cocktail events. Head Distiller Lee Egbert gave a fabulous class on the history behind some of their spirits, why they’ve chosen their line up of products, and cocktail technique. More about the class (I took notes!) will be posted over on drinkingincontext.com. There are some exciting new things coming out of this tiny space, and I can’t wait to try what’s next!
We knew that Flat Earth was near 11 Wells these days, but we didn’t quite realize how near. (This become a theme for the weekend.) With a bit of time to kill, we decided to go check out their new taproom, also in the historic Hamm’s Brewery complex. I never made it to their old brewery but the new space is spacious, sunny, and elegant. Lots of historic details remain including unique curved ceilings and exposed brick. The elegance of the taproom feels a bit incongruous in a building that looks like it’s barely holding itself up, but I’m so glad these spaces are being used instead of destroyed or forgotten.
There’s no way I’ll go climbing up and in these old buildings, for a variety of reasons. But I will happily walk around them and peek inside, looking for remnants of history. Some corners look like they were just abandoned yesterday, with chairs and work gloves waiting to be reclaimed. Other areas have been covered in graffiti and look worn down by time, people, and nature. I find a strange beauty in urban decay, use and disuse.
After our walking tour of the Hamm’s complex, we headed over to Marvel Bar. Now, if you’ve read this blog or my tweets at all, you know that it takes literally zero persuading to get me to Marvel. I love the place and I love the people. But I admit, we specifically went in the hopes of “crashing the party” this time. The Bachelor Farmer and Spoon & Stable co-hosted an amazing dinner with chefs from all over town as a fundraiser for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts – TBF posted about the restaurant being closed for the event but Marvel still being open. We couldn’t resist the chance to pop in at 5pm and enjoy the people watching! We ended up extra glad we’d gone as there were a few amazing Patisserie 46 nibbles left up for grabs and we got to sample four special drinks made for the event. It looked like the tail end of a fabulous event and I can now say I’ve had a drink [while in the same room] with Ferran Adria. Hey, I’m counting it.
From Marvel we made our way to Trylon Microcinema for a screening of Eyes Wide Shut. If you’ve never been to the Trylon, it’s a great little theatre with only 50 seats and a constantly changing list of films. As you might expect, the October focus is on thrillers and horror films. I am by no means a film buff, but I’ve been here for two events and really enjoy the space, the crowd, and the delicious popcorn. Definitely worth checking out!
After all this, we went to bed. Then we got up on Sunday and did some of it all over again.
More Hamm’s photos…