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 [...]

Winners Announced for Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition

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Mankato Brewery takes top honors at the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness first-ever Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition. Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, ”to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes.” Last night, that monumental piece of environmental [...]

3rd Annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale This Weekend

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  Minneapolis’ preeminent record retailer will hold its third annual garage sale this weekend. Stop by the Electric Fetus at Franklin and 4th Avenue, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Search through thousands of CDs, LPs and DVDs (new & used) at huge discounts, and up to 75% off gift department items. Garage sale items [...]

Comedy vs. “The Man”: How a Minnesotan comedy club fought City Hall and won

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On any given evening, it’s easy to find amazing comedy in bars, restaurants, and taprooms all over Minneapolis. Whether it’s the Monday Night Comedy Show at Spring Street Tavern, open mic night at Campus Pizza on Wednesdays, or the recently launched Comedy Night at Sisyphus Brewing, the wealth of options for live comedy is one [...]

Sweetland Orchards Scrumpy

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Our favorite beer bars are getting wise to the national trend. There, on the drink lists, among a litany of IPAs and Belgians, you’ll increasingly find dedicated selections of hard cider, giving us a chance to expand our craft palates. These places include both Republic locations, which comprise two of the four Metro locations currently [...]

The Mill: Stouts, Trademarks, World Records and More

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The Mill is bracing for the cold. We’ve seen the videos of snow in Calgary and hear that same front is headed our way. So, looks like it’s time to hunker down with some great stouts and terrible movies. Upcoming Events: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is hosting Brews And Canoes at Aria tomorrow. [...]