House of X Tia: Career building on YouTube






We live in a world obsessed with sharing. Nothing is off-limits—from photos of what you’re eating to videos of your cat acting like, well, a cat. Every week there’s a new YouTube, Vine, Snapchat or Instagram “star” hoping to cash in. And though most of these “stars” are just trying to make you laugh or […]

Weekly Set List: Summer festival season is officially here






We see you… arriving to work on Monday morning with your dark sunglasses on, nursing an Art-A-Whirl hangover. Hopefully you made it to Northeast Minneapolis to experience one of the best local events of the year this past weekend, but if you didn’t, feat not, as Queen Bey and the summer outdoor music festival season […]

PHOTOS: Sights from St. Paul Saints opening day






The St. Paul Saints claimed their first victory of the 2016 season Thursday night in front of an 8,300-person crowd. Though many fans were more interested in tracking down the newest food offerings, grabbing a glass of craft beer at the Beer Dabbler Craft Beer Corner, or catching a glimpse of Saints Team Psychologist, Bill […]

Louie Anderson returns to the comedy spotlight by saying yes to a dress






With a career spanning more than 30 years in comedy, there isn’t much that Louie Anderson hasn’t accomplished. The St. Paul native has performed standup all over the world, taken up residency in Las Vegas, voiced an Emmy award-winning cartoon based on his own life, and even hosted Family Feud. But this past January, Anderson […]

Fulton pays it forward to entrepreneurs and charities






“In the brewing industry there are a lot of companies that are involved in donations and that’s great,” begins Fulton Brewing co-founder Ryan Petz, seated in their North Loop taproom behind a pint of Tanager Brett IPA. “But we wanted to add our own element that ties into our own story.” Enter the brewery’s Ful10 […]

New Kids on the Map: Thoughts from a first-time Art-A-Whirler






It has become an official Minneapolis harbinger that spring is truly here: Art-A-Whirl (AAW). The annual celebration of all-things creative signals that we’ve survived another Minnesota winter, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy beauty in all its forms. Now in its 21st year, Art-A-Whirl, organized by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), draws […]

The Shining at the Minnesota Opera






A hotel in a blizzard. All work and no play. Lloyd the bartender. Room 217. The boiler room. Croquet mallets smashing through doors. One man’s descent into madness. The Shining made its world premiere from the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts Saturday, May 7—a mix of dazzling multimedia and heartfelt, frantic vocals. You […]

Minnesota craft beer by the numbers






With so much Minnesota-made craft beer out there today, it’s no wonder the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) sets aside 10,000 minutes each year to celebrate it. 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer begins today, Monday, May 9 and runs through Sunday, May 15, with more than 175 special events and tappings taking place throughout […]

Tent Tasting & 3 Good Rosés with Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino






The premier wine tasting event of the season is Sunday, May 15, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. “We have some people from out of state that even fly back for this event every year,” says Chuck Kanski of Solo Vino (pictured, below). “It’s all about having fun in the sun, and celebrating a […]

Unlocking the Riddle Room






The full-immersion escape game celebrates its anniversary with a larger space, new games Art Allen has spent the last year trapping people inside of a starship. Before that, it was a bunker. This Saturday, he’ll open a much larger space, allowing him to lure even more people into temporary captivity, giving them only one hour […]

Craft Cocktail: Mint Juleps with Trish Gavin of Handsome Hog






“Fresh mint—very important,” says Trish Gavin, placing a julep tin on the bar of Handsome Hog. That’s where we’ll be watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, drinking Gavin’s mint juleps before singing “My Old Kentucky Home” at an uncomfortable volume. If you’re watching the Run For The Roses at home, you might consider a wheated bourbon […]

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 victim of the suburb-ification of Uptown Minneapolis. But the redux of the infamous Country Bar isn’t trying to put on airs, despite the temerity of serving—gasp—barrel-aged cocktails. The space received a desperately needed […]

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 Simon Brooks of Minneapolis record store Dead Media. “You can hold it. It degrades. It’s not like an MP3 that will last forever.” The rise of cassette tapes in the 1970s […]

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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 2012. After issue #31 in May 2016, David will be moving on to focus more on illustrating comic books and spending time with his growing family. David’s unique […]

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 feet moving. Beach Slang | Triple Rock Social Club | Monday, April 25, 6pm Philly’s Beach Slang seem like a relatively new band, but lead singer/guitarist […]