First Look of Badger Hill Brewing’s New Brewery

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Before photos by Brian Kaufenberg After photos by Aaron Davidson When we last visited Badger Hill’s new space in Shakopee, Minn., the trees lining the front of the building were just beginning to bud and the grass was shaking off its winter dormancy with a flush of green. The turn of the seasons stood as a perfect parallel for Badger […]

Books & Beers: ‘Inappropriate Behavior: Stories’

Book Review Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate Behavior is a free fall into the depths of debt, violence, and dishonesty with no rock bottom in sight. In one of the short stories from Murray Farish’s debut collection Inappropriate Behavior: Stories, a woman named Ms. Willet wants to get away from her wreck of a husband, Buck, and keep her occasional lover, […]

Remembering Comedian and Actor Gus Lynch

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Last week, the Twin Cities comedy community lost one of its most talented up-and-coming performers when Gus Lynch passed away while on vacation with his family in Mexico. Officially, his cause of death was cardiac arrest that took place following injuries sustained while walking among ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. However, as his friend and […]

The Mill: Santa Crawl, I AM ST PAUL!, and more

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The Mill is ready for a long winter’s nap. Imperial stouts, braised meats, gingersnap cookies—truly the most wonderful time of the year. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Let us know @growlermag. Upcoming Events: TUESDAY 9: Easy & Oskey are mixing up cocktails at the Guthrie this evening from 6–7:30pm. The fete will take […]

Holiday Cheers: Emily Post Institute’s Etiquette for Work Happy Hours

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‘Tis the season for company happy hours, holiday work parties, and other social gatherings with coworkers. While you may have the coolest coworkers around, it’s important to remember that these gatherings aren’t purely social. The same rules as when you’re out with friends do not apply. For some guidance, we spoke to expert in the […]

Eat This Now! Shepard’s Pie and more at Half Time Rec

Eat This Now Paddy Shack

When we hear that a dive bar intends to tidy up its act, we’re filled with trepidation. We’re attached to our destitute destinations because there’s a shiny, soulless bar with an “modern gastropub food concept” on every corner. Why ruin the character you didn’t clean for 20 years to build? Why slap lipstick on a pig […]

Toast the Repeal of Prohibition with Craft Cocktails from Easy & Oskey

A bottle cap portrait of Andrew Volstead adorning the walls of The Freehouse in Minneapolis, MN // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

At 5:32 p.m. December 5, 1933, Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st amendment, giving prohibition opponents the three-fourths majority needed to repeal the 18th Amendment, ending the national prohibition of alcohol in the United States of America. The Volstead Act–passed in Congress on October 28, 1919 and co-authored by Minnesota native Andrew […]

3 Lowertown Developments to Watch in 2015

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Intrigued by Lowertown’s renaissance? Here are three big developments to watch in 2015. 1. Custom House • 180 E. Kellogg Blvd The former Eugene McCarthy Post Office distributed the bulk of St. Paul’s mail for nearly 80 years. Now, the Union Depot-adjacent building is set to feature 202 luxury apartments, a 150-room hotel and space for […]

Now Open: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery


Now Open (or Damn Close) profiles Waconia’s next big thing: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery. Commuting out of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul on a weeknight is a grueling odyssey of weaving through construction bottlenecks, lane closures, accidents, and full-on gridlock. But as you get further away from downtown towards Waconia, the traffic eases—as does […]

Best Black Friday (Beer) Bets

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Have past experiences and crazed crowds of holiday shoppers left a bad Black Friday taste in your mouth? Well there are a whole bunch of local breweries and businesses that want you to enjoy the day after Thanksgiving again. This year The Growler is recommending you skip the big box stores and spend your Black […]

The Growler’s Gift Guide 2014

Growler Gift Guide 2014

Local craft-culture gifts for the holidays, or any occasion! Holiday shopping has never been easier for the craft beer lover in your life. With a mix of beer, beer accessories, and other craft lifestyle items, The Growler’s Gift Guide has something for everyone.   Craft A Brew Premium Craft Brew Kits Craft beer is on fire […]

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Surly Doomtree Day Bar Crawl details announced

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It’s no wonder how Surly and Doomtree decided to collaborate on a special beer. Surly Brewing and the hip-hop collective, Doomtree, are both crusaders of quality. Their missions are to provide an alternative to the bland dross filling our beer glasses and our headphones, and both have gained a fervent following along the way. Now, after nine successful Doomtree Blowout concerts, […]

The Mill: T-Day Beers, Tryptophania, Christmas Markets and more

Smoked turkey liver mousse at Tiny Diner

The Mill is just about set for Thanksgiving. We’re trying out turkey liver mousse recipes (like Tiny Diner’s, above) and we know which three beers we’re bringing on Thursday. Which local suds will grace your holiday tables? Any other T-Day beer events you’re excited about? Let us know what’s on your radar in The Mill by tweeting […]

3 Beers I’m Bringing to Thanksgiving

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This post is a collaboration with our good friends at Bow & Arrow Magazine. Check out their stylish blog, where this post originally appeared, and follow them @bowandarrowmag. — I can scarcely contribute anything to my family’s Thanksgiving meal. Turkey is my dad’s domain. My grandmother is a wizard with pies. My mom’s stuffing and […]

The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

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The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag. Insight Brewing Opens This Friday: We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek […]