Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to launch food truck

For four years, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub has been bringing people to South Minneapolis for handcrafted beer and well-smoked meats. But with … [Read more]

Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Award Nominations 2016

It's that time of year again when you, the reader, get to nominate the best of the best in Minnesota food, drink, and culture for The Growler's annual … [Read more]

Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia

Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice … [Read more]

Peace Coffee marks 20 years of growth without sacrificing values

This year, Peace Coffee celebrates its 20th year in fair trade coffee. Throughout its history, the Minnesota-based company has expanded from one … [Read more]

The Neighborhood Walkabout: Armatage

The juices from the succulent pulled pork seep through the golden crusted ciabatta bun through my fingers and all over my hands. This sandwich, known … [Read more]

When the games don’t matter: The joys of bad baseball

The smell fills my nose from blocks away before my eyes can even see it. Despite the exhaust from downtown’s late afternoon traffic and the aromas of … [Read more]

How to choose the record player that’s right for you

Everyone used to know a stereo expert, someone with the full console setup and a 7.1 sound system that made the bass purr, rumble, or pound depending … [Read more]

Fair State Brewing expanding with new St. Paul production brewery

Ever since the grand opening of Fair State Brewing Cooperative in October of 2014, many people have wondered about the letters STPL on the Northeast … [Read more]

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Celebrate the harvest at these 10 Minnesota wineries

Across Minnesota, the nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and grapes are ripening on their vines as harvest season pushes summer out the door. All the hours spent tending to their vineyards come to fruition at harvest and beyond … [Read more]

Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn't stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, … [Read more]

30 years of beer: A Summit Brewing timeline

Summit Brewing Company owner Mark Stutrud refers to himself as a non-conformist. Proof of that is on display in Summit’s Beer Hall, where a framed letter from the Brewers Association from 1983 strongly suggests he not open his St. Paul brewery. … [Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 2016

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Pere Mata Cupada No. 15 Cava – John Garland, … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Clockwerks Brewing Company

Lonnie Manresa remembers brewing beer before he’d learned the multiplication table. “My dad was homebrewing before homebrewing was a thing,” he recalls. “I was always perched over some vat with big fireproof gloves on while my dad was pouring five … [Read more]

Malt Smoking with Handsome Hog and Tin Whiskers

They started smoking early on a Monday morning. In the parking lot behind the Rossmor Building, which houses Tin Whiskers Brewing, Joseph Pirri and Justin Sutherland from Handsome Hog, and Tin Whiskers brewer Derek Brown, watched over a gigantic … [Read more]

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