A look inside ‘The Hilarious World of Depression’






In the summer of 2015, American Public Media dropped the axe on John Moe when it canceled “Wits.” The celeb-and-music-focused variety show had become synonymous with Moe, and to watch it go by the wayside was sad and depressing both for fans as well as the host himself. Moe disappeared from the public eye for […]

Sisyphus Brewing is going all in on comedy






After spending nearly three years as a performer on the local Twin Cities standup comedy scene, Sam Harriman came to the realization that making a living doing comedy wasn’t going to be easy, and decided to pursue a different passion: brewing. That led to the birth of Sisyphus Brewing, which has become a popular brewery […]

Dibs on Dylan: Can Minnesota claim credit for the success of Robert Zimmerman?






When Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of 2016’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Minnesotans rejoiced. The first rock star ever to win the Nobel, and he’s one of our own! Born and bred! Or…is he? Throwing cold water on the prairie party, many pointed out that Dylan was nowhere near the Gopher State when […]

Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp






When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes […]

Craft Culture: Handcrafting stories at North House Folk School






On a winter day in picturesque Grand Marais, all is quiet. Overworked boats sit empty on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Cafes and gift shops stand subdued. A lonely seagull is perched atop a pile of rocks. Only the cold wind whooshes about—a present from nearby Canada. From the outside, the colorful buildings of […]

The laugh of Lyle LaRue






Visit any comedy club in the Twin Cities on any given night, and you’ll hear dozens upon dozens of voices laughing in unison. But of all these laughs, there is one that stands out just a little bigger, louder, and more full of joy than any others. Lyle LaRue is a 42-year-old native of Central […]

4 holiday shows for musicheads






We all have our holiday traditions that don’t change much from year to year. If you live in the Twin Cities, maybe it’s taking in the light shows along Nicollet Mall or Summit Avenue in St. Paul. But regardless of your traditions, no holiday season is complete without a little music. The best part of […]

Artist Profile: Brent Schoonover






It all started with Mr. Fixit. At a very young age, Brent Schoonover laid his eyes on a copy of Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk”#349. A brawny Mr. Fixit—aka the Grey Hulk—busting out of his white shirt, swinging a powerful wallop of a smack across the body of the acrobatic Spider-Man, in a dynamic battle […]

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 parks we escape to and explore. The music innovators and venues that make us dance, and the well-crafted […]

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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 of the icy breaths of the Purple People Eaters suspended in the chilly Metropolitan Stadium air, of Randall Cunningham firing off 60-yard touchdown passes, of missed kicks and four Superbowls. But […]

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. However, on one sweltering summer day in June 1933, Hamm’s lunch plans […]

Communist Daughter finds a way forward on sophomore album






Four years since their last release, Communist Daughter has returned to the music scene to forge a new path with their sophomore LP, “The Cracks That Built the Wall.” There’s a forward momentum can be felt all over the new album, which the band self-released on October 21 and are supporting during their final tourstop […]

Patton Oswalt on stand-up, Twitter beefs, and a ‘Mysterious’ reboot






Despite the fact that some standup comedians manage to become A-List mega-stars (e.g. Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Kevin Hart, etc.), the reality is that even the most well-known comics see their popularity plateau at some point. Patton Oswalt is one of the few comedians who has managed to avoid this trap. He’s done so by […]

Vote for the 2016 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards






You, the readers, have casted your votes for the 2016 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards. Winners will be announced in The Growler’s December 2016 issue and online in early December.

Artist Profile: Erica Williams






As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark […]