Todd Haug makes his Minnesota ‘HEXIT’ with one last brew

It's a dreary, blustery day outside Badger Hill Brewing in Shakopee, Minnesota, on November 29. Inside the brewery, though, the familiar smell of … [Read more]

2016 Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Drumroll, please, for it’s time to announce the results of The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. These are the restaurants driving … [Read more]

Proof Artisan Distillers releases Glen Fargo single malt whiskey

Craft spirits are a new frontier—the distilleries among us new pioneers cutting a new swath in familiar grains. For Proof Artisan Distillers, … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Cosmos Brewing Company

Just off a gravel road next to a horse farm in Hugo, Minnesota, two friends are getting ready to launch their new production brewery into … [Read more]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a … [Read more]

5 Scottish gins that’ll make your forget about Scotch whisky

The history of gin in Scotland is turbulent, full of scandalous times and revivals. Back in the 18th century a Gin Craze took over the UK, where it … [Read more]

When the NFL came to Duluth: The story of the Eskimos

Minnesota has a long and rich history of professional football. For most of the state’s fans, the mention of pro football immediately conjures images … [Read more]

State of Spirits: What’s new at Minnesota’s distilleries and spirit companies

We checked in with all of Minnesota's distilleries and spirit companies to see what they accomplished in 2016 and what they have in store for the year … [Read more]

 

2016 Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Drumroll, please, for it’s time to announce the results of The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. These are the restaurants driving a delectable food revolution throughout the state. The beers we happily raise our glasses for. The … [Read more]

A Hamm’s ransom: How the kidnapping of one of St. Paul’s most prosperous brewers reshaped a corrupt system

As president of the Theodore Hamm’s Brewery, William Hamm Jr. had an important schedule to keep. Every day at 12:45 in the afternoon, Hamm began the short walk from his brewery to the front steps of his twenty-room, red brick mansion for lunch. … [Read more]

Stone Arch marks grand opening at MSP Airport

Finding a decent beer at an airport can often be a challenge. Most airport tap towers are dominated by macro lagers and the "crafty" side of craft beer. While MSP was by no means a craft wasteland with outposts from Rock Bottom, O'Gara's, and French … [Read more]

Surly alums bringing new brewery to St. Paul’s Lowertown

A team of brewing industry veterans announced plans to open their own brewery in St. Paul's Lowertown. Barrel Theory Beer Company is expected to open in early 2017 on the corner of 7th Street East and Wacouta in the bustling east end of St. Paul’s … [Read more]

Spilled Grain Brewhouse wants you to get ‘Outside the Loop’

Before Indeed, before Surly, before Summit’s Mark Stutrud was but a twinkle in his father’s eye, back when August Schell himself was alive and in his heyday, nearly every town in pre-Prohibition Minnesota had its own brewery. And now in the days … [Read more]

First Sip: Urban Growler Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stouts

Urban Growler Brewing will release two barrel-aged Russian imperial stouts and two experimental beers at a ticketed event tonight. The Growler had a chance to get an advance taste of the stouts on Tuesday. The St. Paul brewery made a single batch … [Read more]