Now Open or Damn Close, Fall 2014

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In this edition of Now Open (or Damn Close), we take a look at four very different breweries. Insight Brewing There’s Insight Brewing, the latest addition to Northeast Minneapolis’s burgeoning brewery scene. It’s a “globally inspired” establishment that blends styles from east Asia, northern Europe, North America and everywhere in between. Even in the Twin [...]

Wine Wednesday: The Best White Grape for Fall, and a Solo Vino Tasting

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I was chatting on WCCO with John Hines yesterday, and it got me thinking about all things autumn. We’ll be toting heavy porters and fresh hops to our harvest tables, but what wines are best suited to fall drinking? In our discussion of comfort foods, my thoughts began to wander back to Foreign Legion and [...]

Homegrown Humor: The Hilarious and Melodious World of Wits

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There is nothing really quite like this radio show. Wits is part comedy radio, part variety show, and each installment provides new surprises. Since 2010, the Minnesota Public Radio show has been one of the most unique, entertaining and diverse shows on radio, hosting some of the very best comedians, actors, and musicians from all over [...]

The Top Ten Questions about Autumn Brew Review

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The 14th annual Autumn Brew Review will be held this Saturday, September 27th at the Historic Grain Belt Brewery. For many Minnesota beer fans, Autumn Brew Review (ABR) is one of the most exciting days of the year. If you’re attending this year, the following ten questions will get you primed for the weekend. If [...]

The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

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The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: We’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One [...]

Three Local Breweries Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer This October

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There are a lot of dubious awareness days, weeks, and months. Come March, are you really going to celebrate National Acupuncture Awareness Week, National Stationery Week, or National Skipping Day? (We understand if you want to give some love to September’s National Dog Day.)  What about National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month—both [...]

Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe

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My first taste of Blacklist Brewing came last winter at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. It was one of those Duluth mornings in which you step outside and your skin immediately registers the fact that you’re in Duluth. Sheltered from the whip of an icy wind screaming down Superior Street, I settled in to [...]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2014

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It’s just about Oktoberfest time, so break out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for these local events. Any other Oktoberfest events we should add to the list? Tweet us @growlermag. Friday, September 19 The new Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers in Uptown will be tapping a firkin with Lift Bridge at 6pm. $10 gets you a [...]

Freedom Distilling is a New Distillery Committed to Hiring and Supporting Veterans

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A whiskey-centric distillery in Seward has begun a month long funding campaign. Nathan Newhall’s Freedom Distilling Co. will be hire exclusively veterans and make special consideration for those service-disabled. The campaign is driven through their website, offering rewards of locally-made wooden shot glasses, deerskin gloves and long board decks. Newhall hopes to sign a lease [...]

Wine Wednesday: Nibbling at Foreign Legion

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The things that make for a good wine bar often have very little to do with wine. That part, you expect they would have nailed down. But what about ambiance? Food? Entertainment? We’ve seen many a vino bar fall by the wayside for not thinking enough outside the glass. We think Foreign Legion has done the [...]

The Four Firkins Now Open in the East Metro

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The popular craft beer store, The Four Firkins, started in 2008 with a mission to educate the public about the best beer available in the state of Minnesota. Now they continue their mission across the Metro as they open the doors to a new location in Oakdale. The Four Firkins carries exclusively craft beer and [...]

The Mill: Wheat Week, Breweries for Sale, Fresh Hops and more

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The Mill is chilling out. We’ve found the cable knit sweaters in the back of our closets, and we’re strolling down the lane with our pumpkin-spiced coffee like we’re Mr. Autumn Man. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Tweet us @growlermag. Upcoming Events: This week is Wheat Week at Town Hall Brewery. They’re [...]

Sweet on Sours: Schell’s expanding sour program with new facility

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August Schell Brewing Company has announced plans to build a new facility that will house ten cypress lagering tanks and an expanded home for Schell’s’ popular new series of sour beers. Schell’s acquired an abandoned farm on the outskirts of New Ulm and will build an additional 12,000 sq ft facility there. “My dad is [...]

Baba Savarin at Cossetta

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There was this place in Rome that made incredible rum sponge cake. I’m not sure if it’s still there, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t. The ancient woman working the counter was surly on a good day. It was tucked into an inconvenient alley, and each time I arrived, I was the [...]

Books & Bars: Jeff Kamin’s band of beer lovers and bibliophiles

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Spare time is a luxury, isn’t it? You have to work from 8am to 5pm, swing by the grocery store on the way home, walk the dog, cook up some Hamburger Helper, spend some quality time with your one-and-only, help your old man with his iPhone, again, shovel the driveway or mow the lawn—depending on [...]