Bent Paddle Celebrates Two Years with ‘Festiversary’ Party May 30

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When Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Co. opened in 2013 they expected growth, just not at this level. “We’ve blown our seven-year business plan out of the water,” says Laura Mullen, one of the business’ four owners. Set to celebrate their second anniversary with a May 30 “Festiversary” party, the brewery is already testing the limits […]

Old Chicago’s Explorer Series Comes to St. Paul

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Summit and Old Chicago team up to create Cracking Wit, a Belgian witbier perfect for patio season Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is known mostly for the pizza part of their name. But the restaurant chain is all about the beer—and always has been. Since opening in Boulder, Colorado, in 1976, Old Chicago has stocked […]

Schell’s Goes Spelunking to Create Stag Series #9

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When New Ulm, Minnesota’s, August Schell Brewing Company set out to develop its Schell’s Stag Series #9, it went back to its roots. Well, actually it went deeper than its roots to the caves that lie beneath them. Schell’s Stag Series #9 is a complex beer. It’s a dark lager aged in whiskey barrels, which […]

Alpine Beer Company Launches in Minnesota

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West Coast-style IPAs have grown into a style of their own, with standbys like Stone IPA, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, and Green Flash’s aptly titled West Coast IPA defining the category. Starting this week, Minnesotans will be able to get their hands on a few more of these hop monsters from a brewery that […]

Solo Vino Rosé Tent Tasting and Buyer’s Guide

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Spring is in the air. Across this great state, grills are firing up, picnic blankets are being ironed, hammocks are being hung. It’s pink wine season, people, and it officially begins with Chuck Kanski’s annual Solo Vino Rosé Tent Tasting. It’s the seventh year for the event being held this Sunday from 2-5pm. The big […]

Minnesota Moms of Comedy

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The journey of a standup comedian is anything but glamorous. Late nights, empty open mics, and a lot of time spent alone trying to perfect a few brief minutes of material. In many cases, comedy isn’t just their top priority; it’s their only priority. But for some of the Twin Cities’ most talented comedians, they’re […]

VIDEO: The Growler Cover Artist Featured at Posters & Pints

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St. Paul-based illustrator David Witt‘s art has graced the cover of The Growler since day one, in addition to local gig posters, comic book pages, Zombie Pub Crawl maps and more. Witt will be one of many artists at Posters & Pints, 6–10pm, Saturday, May 30, at Uppercut Boxing Gym. Posters & Pints will pair a showcase of […]

May Arts and Culture Events

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A look at our favorite arts and culture events in Minnesota during May 2015, presented by 89.3 The Current. Featured Event The Dinner Party Download May 9 Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St, St. Paul • 8pm •  $25–$35 Ever wonder what to say at a dinner party? What jokes to tell? Cocktails to make? Head […]

No Gluten, No Problem

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Nightingale and Sociable Cider Werks team up for a gluten-free spring dinner Photos by Ellen Burkhardt Gluten has surfaced as Public Enemy No. One in the nutrition world in recent years. From added allergy labels to full-out gluten-free restaurants, awareness of the pesky protein has grown immensely. That’s meant more (and better) dining options for […]

Minnesota House Defeats Sunday Sales Amendments, Approves Sunday Growler Sales

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Two amendments to the omnibus liquor bill aimed at repealing Minnesota’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales failed to pass the Minnesota House this afternoon, though the House did follow the Senate in approving Sunday growler sales when it passed the omnibus bill 127-4. The bill now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton for approval, which he is expected […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Grand Rounds Brewpub

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Photos by Louis Garcia For over 100 years, medical doctors across the world have participated in a time-honored educational tradition: grand rounds. The weekly meeting of medical professionals and students is a discussion of new diseases, methods of diagnoses, and the latest medical science for treatment. It’s a meeting of the minds that former Mayo […]

Water a Tree, Beer for Free

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A little over a year ago, seven professional tree enthusiasts met for beers to contemplate a big issue: Due to the emerald ash borer epidemic, an estimated 7,000 trees are being cut down each year in Minneapolis. And while new trees are being planed in their place, the City of Minneapolis only has the capacity […]

Rush River Taproom To Open May 1

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With its humble beginnings more than 10 years ago in a converted pole barn in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, Rush River Brewing Company is opening a taproom at its River Falls, Wisconsin, brewery on May 1. In addition to the brewery’s year-round and seasonal beers, the taproom’s 15 tap lines will also be pouring specialty infused beers, which […]

Head North: Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival

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The northernmost beer festival in Minnesota is returning to Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountain, July 10 and 11. Organizers of the Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival categorize the event as more of a beer retreat than a traditional beer festival because of the opportunity to connect one-on-one with brewers and the fact that many […]

The Caves of Casanova: A Legacy of Beer in Hudson, Wisconsin

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This Saturday marks the 7th Annual Casanova Cave Beer Fest in Hudson, Wisc., but the caves where the festival is held are much, much older with deep ties to Hudson’s brewing history. Thanks to the preservation efforts of the owners of Historic Casanova Liquors and The Nova Wine Bar, modern day beer lovers can take a […]