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Minneapolis OK · The flight down here, on a brand-new lit­tle Em­braer, was hor­rid. Min­neapo­lis was hav­ing weath­er is­sues and held us on the ground in Van­cou­ver, then we cir­cled our des­ti­na­tion for a half-hour. The pi­lot came on and said “Well, ladies and gen­tle­man — uh, hold on” (a minute’s si­lence) “I was about to tell you that we’d been di­vert­ed to Du­luth, but we just got clear­ance for Minnie”. He said it was a thousand-foot ceil­ing, but I think that was op­ti­mistic. Any­how, I thought I’d stick my head out of the ho­tel and see about din­ner and the ball game. Right across the street was the Town Hall Brew­ery, and I rec­om­mend it whole­heart­ed­ly. Lots of beer­s, but the first one tried, a sea­son­al Scot­tish Pale Ale (Scot­tish Pale Ale? Huh?) was so good that I stuck with it. The burg­er was com­pe­tent and the fries out­stand­ing, I mean re­al­ly great. Plus, they had com­fy chairs and so­fas set up in front of a big HDTV screen to watch the ball game. Friend­ly strangers to ar­gue with about Joe Borows­ki and Mike Tim­lin (who was pitch­ing for the Blue Jays when I was watch­ing them win the Series in ’92, he’s still throw­ing 93m­ph, yow). Town Hall is ten years old and I’d bet on ’em for the long haul.
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