Resurrecting the Country Bar

The Country Bar is dead. Long live the Country Bar. Some have bemoaned the conversion of the grody dive into a more polished hangout—yet another … [Read more]

The art of the mixtape

Even in the digital age, music fans cling to the retro joy of handmade mixtapes “It’s the exclusivity, the physical object, the artwork,” says … [Read more]

Gallery: See all 31 of DWITT’s Growler covers

Original art by David Witt, better known to Growler readers as DWITT, has graced the cover of The Growler since its inception with issue #1 in June … [Read more]

Weekly Set List: 4 underrated rock bands play the Twin Cities this week

This week is full of some of the best and most exciting shows of spring. Here are four super rocking bands that will get your heart pumping and your … [Read more]

What’s in a label? Decoding food claims, from natural to non-GMO

Transparency. It’s the new buzzword among consumers demanding to know what’s in their food and brands showing off their ever-shortening lists of … [Read more]

Craft Culture: Hand-thrown tableware from Ceramic Chinn

Two years ago, Alex Chinn propped open the lid of his electric kiln to inspect the 40 plates stacked inside. He noticed something he didn’t expect. … [Read more]

Alex Roberts on the history and unexpected virtue of masa

By Alex Roberts, as told to John Garland What we do at Alma is try to honor tradition without saying we’re cooking something traditional. Brasa … [Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Amaretto Stone Sour at The Sheridan Room

Some cocktails will never go out of style. Other cocktails see their popularity ebb and flow. And yet others are so painfully retro that no … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roundhouse Brewery

As craft breweries continue to open across the country, it’s becoming clear that the trend isn’t just about beer. There’s a larger craft movement at hand. Take Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd, for example: at the center of a revitalized former rail … [Read more]

Brewer Profile: JT Dalton of Barley John’s Brewing Company

Artist. Teacher. Cook. Car detailer. Brewer. Not many people have a resume quite as colorful or diverse as JT Dalton. The 31-year-old grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, and never had a clear direction of what he wanted to do beyond make art, … [Read more]

The Wide World of Beer: 15 of the world’s greatest food & beer destinations

One of the first dedicated temples of beer and food I ever visited, perhaps the first, didn’t even make the cut when I was compiling a list of 100 Great Beer & Food Destinations for my latest book, “The Beer & Food Companion.” It was In ‘t … [Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Pequod Session IPA

Session IPA. Say what you will about endless variations on an already ubiquitous style, but this beer is an anti-whale. It doesn’t age or travel well. It’s not for cellaring or note-taking or dissection. It’s not for sniffing in your best crystal … [Read more]

The artful science of beer and food pairings

Taste begins with chemistry. Esters, phenols, aldehydes, linear-terpenes, ketones, lactones, thiols, and a host of other compounds lock into olfactory receptors, sending electric pulses through the olfactory bulb and into the inner sanctums of the … [Read more]

The story behind Indeed and New Belgium’s recent collaboration beers

Indeed Brewing Company head brewer Josh Bischoff remembers when a trip to Colorado wasn’t complete without smuggling back a trunk full of Fat Tire. Before 2007, when New Belgium Brewing Company began distributing to the Minnesota, that was the norm … [Read more]

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