Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to launch food truck






For four years, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub has been bringing people to South Minneapolis for handcrafted beer and well-smoked meats. But with dining space in the 80-person restaurant regularly maxed out, the business has been searching for a way to bring its food (and beer) to more people. Owner Jamie Robinson had been exploring options […]

Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Award Nominations 2016






It’s that time of year again when you, the reader, get to nominate the best of the best in Minnesota food, drink, and culture for The Growler’s annual readers-choice Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards.

Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia






Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice into a bowl. After leaving it out for a few weeks, whether on purpose or by accident, the liquid spontaneously ferments into something sweet, pungent, and that, when imbibed, […]

Peace Coffee marks 20 years of growth without sacrificing values






This year, Peace Coffee celebrates its 20th year in fair trade coffee. Throughout its history, the Minnesota-based company has expanded from one roaster to two, delved into the retail space, and added two locations. But one thing still remains the same: its focus on creating great tasting, ethically sourced coffee that supports the coffee farmer. […]

Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music






In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city […]

Vikre releases Sugarbush Whiskey Lot 3






Whiskey aficionados can raise their glasses to a new release of a Minnesota-made whiskey. Duluth’s Vikre Distillery is releasing Lot 3 of their Sugarbush Whiskey today, Friday, September 9. This is the third time the distillery has released Sugarbush; the first lot was released November 2015, while the second was made available in April 2016. And even though each version […]

What We’re Drinking: September 2016






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Pere Mata Cupada No. 15 Cava – John Garland, Senior Editor You may have heard about “grower Champagne,” the small-batch bubbly that’s vinified by the farmers […]

NorthGate Brewing takes a ‘Leap’ into nitro beer in cans






Craft brewers will share the hardest to find hops, but there’s one thing they still won’t share with each other: the secret to packaged nitro beers. The process to get the creamy, thick pour that Guinness made famous is a trade secret. Some use a plastic in-can widget to release the nitrogen gas while others, […]

Q&A: The Birth of Saké






From October to April, a group of men live an almost monastic existence in a brewery in rural northern Japan. Awake at 4am, they steam 2,600 pounds of rice every morning. They tend to yeast starters, polish the rice, and watch it slowly bubble and ferment. They’re sticking to the traditional hands-on ways of making […]

Artist Profile: Alex Kuno






Grapes. As simple as these small globular berries are on the outside, the historical nature of the juices inside run much deeper. For Greek and Roman civilization, wine was more than just a fermented drink—it was godly. Dionysus (the Greek god of wine) and Bacchus (the Roman equivalent) are associated with grape harvesting, winemaking, drunkenness, […]

The Right Roast: Getting the most flavor out of a coffee bean






The coffee we drink comes from the seed of the coffee cherry, commonly called a bean despite its not actually being a legume. That’s just one of many facts often overlooked while clumsily sipping that cup of light roast in the morning rush to get to work on time. Though coffee is firmly a part […]

PHOTOS: Relive Eaux Claires 2016






The second Eaux Claries Music and Arts Festival took place last weekend in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival included performances from Bon Iver, James Blake, Bruce Hornsby, Erykah Badu, Mavis Staples, and many more, and saw an increased focus on art installations throughout the festival grounds. The Growler Staff Photographer Kevin Kramer was at the […]

Sociable Cider introduces barrel-aging program






Sociable Cider Werks co-owner Jim Watkins is never satisfied. He’s always tinkering with things, whether it’s cooking a steak or sourcing apples for the cider served at the taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s no wonder then that the Sociable team is experimenting with the complex flavors that come from barrel-aging their fermented fruit beverage. The […]

Augustine’s Bar & Bakery coming to the Saintly City this fall






After hitting the 10-year mark earlier this year, the team behind The Happy Gnome—the nationally recognized craft beer bar in St. Paul—is looking beyond the walls of their 498 Selby Avenue location. It’s not a second Happy Gnome, but an altogether new project from owner Tony Andersen, Gnome pastry chef Hollis Roads, and another silent […]

Local architects add one-of-a-kind patio to one of Minnesota’s most unique taprooms






Bang Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota, is built on environmental stewardship—both in a physical and philosophical sense. These ethos are evident in their energy-efficient brewhouse and their commitment to using only organic ingredients in their beer. Their new patio is a visual and experiential extension of that sustainable spirit. Located in St. Paul just down the road from Bang […]