Nudity Required: A Stripped Down Version of a Beer Fest in the Poconos

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Chances are if you are reading The Growler, you’ve been to a beer fest, you have a decent idea what the typical beer-fest-goer looks like , and you know that this is a questionable idea at best. On the weekend of June 27 – 29, 2014 you can ‘enjoy’ all the ammenites of your typical [...]

Arts MN: Ukuleles, Goldsmiths, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Saint Paul Art Crawl 2014

Spending last week on St. Simons’ Island, Georgia definitely readjusted my internal temperature index. Thus, upon returning on Sunday to Minnesota and finding spring-like temperatures, I’ve decided to focus this week on all things warm. The warm sounds of a Hawaiian tune and its ability to evoke thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze… [...]

Surly Schadenfreude Release Parties


Schadenfreude, Surly’s seasonal Munich Dunkel Lager, is back! They’re releasing Schadenfreude on Friday, April 18 at several Old Chicago locations around the Twin Cities metro and in Duluth: Old Chicago Roseville Old Chicago Blaine Old Chicago Eden Prairie Old Chicago Apple Valley Old Chicago Eagan Old Chicago Plymouth Old Chicago Duluth About Schadenfreude: Schadenfreude is [...]

What you need to know about Record Store Day 2014 in Minnesota


By Brian Kaufenberg For music lovers who obsessively leaf through stacks and stacks of records and discs to find that one diamond in the rough—I’m still searching for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One—Record Store Day is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Record Store Day was formed [...]

Wanna buy a Hopyard? Hippity Hops is on the block

Hopyard at Hippity Hops Farm // Photo courtesy The Top Hop

By Adam Folk If all goes as planned, George and Leah Shetka’s half-acre hopyard will be growing lush Cascade cones for years to come. Chickens will be pecking spider mites from the bases of their 20-foot tall bines, and fans of Lift Bridge’s Harvestor Fresh Hop Ale will be able to sip on the brew [...]

Excelsior Brewing Expansion Project Underway, Opening Memorial Day

Design for Excelsior Brewing Expansion Project // Courtesy of Excelsior Brewing

By Brian Kaufenberg In November of 2013, Excelsior Brewing Company announced their plans for an expansion project that would effectively quadruple their annual brewing capacity, triple their brewery footprint, increase their distribution across the Twin Cities, and revamp their taproom space. During the last nine weeks, walls have come down, new walls have gone up, [...]

Rock the Garden 2014 Lineup Announced

Rock the Garden // Courtesy of Walker Art Center

The Current’s Rock the Garden show at Walker Art Center has become a perennial symbol of summer in the Twin Cities. Craft beer, locally made food, sunshine, fresh air, and not to mention great indie artists giving memorable performances—parking garage dance party from Dan Deacon and Low’s drone song, anybody?—all in the backyard of the [...]

All Pints North Tickets on Sale Today at Noon


Back for a third year at beautiful Bayfront Park—Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s All Pints North will return to the shores of Lake Superior on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and you can get your tickets today! Tickets on sale Monday, April 14 at 12:00pm CT. For a closer look at the event, check out our recap for the [...]

Sierra Nevada Invites All U.S. Craft Breweries to a Seven-Stop, Cross-Country Beer Festival

Beer Camp Across America // Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing

Leave it to Sierra Nevada to start a movement in craft beer. The brewery was a major factor in the U.S. craft beer resurgence in the 1980s when there were just eight craft breweries in the country and an aggressively hopped pale ale (by 1980s standards), like Sierra Nevada’s flagship, was a rarity. Now, Sierra Nevada is inviting [...]

Barrel-aged Week at Minneapolis Town Hall Starts Monday [Full Beer List]

One of The Twin Cities’ oldest and most renowned brewpubs, Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery will open their doors to the public tonight after closing for 14 weeks while the business underwent major renovations. They will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, April 11 at 6pm. Town Hall will waste no time getting back in the craft beer [...]

Cheap Wine Reviewed By An Irish Brewmaster


We are equal opportunity drinkers here at The Growler. We enjoy an occasional cocktail or a nice glass of wine. In the video below, posted by BuzzFeed, Summit Brewing Company’s Head Brewer Damian McConn reviews some notable “cheap wines” — and its brilliant.

Trampled By Turtles bring Festival Palomino to Canterbury Park

Festival Palomino

Minnesota bluegrass giants Trampled By Turtles announced today that they are organizing the Festival Palomino, an all-ages music festival, at Canterbury Park on September 20, 2014. The band curated the music lineup, which includes The Head & The Heart, fellow Duluth-rockers Low, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Field Report, Spirit Family Reunion, and Erik Koskinen. The bands will [...]

Town Hall Brewery Renovations Finished, Reopens April 11


By Brian Kaufenberg “Our hope was to update everything,” said Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery owner Pete Rifakes at a media preview of the newly renovated brewpub, which is set to reopen to the public on April 11. For anyone who has visited Town Hall Brewery in the last 17 years, the change is pronounced. From [...]

Arts MN: A Dead Man’s Phone, Danish Dancing, and CRAFT Beer

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders

By Naomi Crocker With the feud between winter and spring that has been taking place these past few weeks, one cannot help but consider transitions, conflict, and various other contrasting concepts. Fittingly, the events featured in this week’s Arts MN will help extend your thoughts on such notions by forcing you to ponder the changing [...]

Dinner on the Farm Tickets On Sale Now


Pack up your picnic basket and join us at Star Thrower Farm on June 29th for a celebration of Minnesota ingredients, growers, chefs, musicians and brewers! Adventurous guests will enjoy a farm tour led by the sustainable sheep farmers from Star Thrower Farm and feast on a family-style meal crafted by Ian Gray, owner and chef at The Gray House, recently voted Best of the [...]