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 […]

Repair, reuse culture is alive and well in the Twin Cities






It occurred to me after visiting Repair Lair, Nancy Ford’s singular repair-and-reuse shop on East Lake Street, on a rainy day in March, that almost all of my friends in high school had, for the most part, shopped at secondhand stores. We were a punked-out, idealistic bunch (we once plastered Dinkytown with anti-Exxon fliers). But […]

Now Open: Inbound BrewCo






Just like their logo, Inbound BrewCo has planted their flag in Minneapolis and is officially moving in. Owned by North Loop BrewCo (formerly Lucid), Inbound is a new brand with new beers that will specialize in the taproom experience—something North Loop has been unable to do in their Minnetonka location for the past four years. […]

Celebrating 4/20? Thank “the Waldos”






If your eyes glaze over at the thought of another unofficial holiday, you’re either still recovering from the damage you did to your retinas on April 14 for Look Up At The Sky Day or you’ve already started celebrating April 20, better known as “four-twenty,” better known as International Smoke Weed Day. Either way, as far […]

Green businesses are sprouting at The Plant






Beer is the key to everything, says Carolee Kokola of Bubbly Dynamics, landlords of Chicago’s The Plant. The Plant is a former meatpacking plant that’s been repurposed as into a food-production facility. The goal is to have a building with zero waste and a self-generated power supply—no small feat for a large industrial building. While open to […]

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Weekly Set List: Dance parties galore with return of Get Cryphy, Hood Internet, & more






Spring has finally arrived, and seemingly for good this time. And in the meantime, April continues its onslaught of great shows this week. Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit) | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm Delta Spirit front man Matt Vasquez struck out on his own with an EP entitled “Austin” last […]

Now Open: Wayzata Brew Works






When Wayzata put out a call for more destination-focused businesses, entrepreneur Robert Klick heard the call loud and clear. His answer: open a brewery. First, Klick visited an old dairy building, one that is now being replaced by condos. Then, he turned his attention closer to Lake Minnetonka, to the Boatworks Building. It’s prime real […]

Comedian Pete Lee retakes the stage to turn personal pain into laughs






Pete Lee has always been a pretty positive guy, and his comedy has reflected his sunny disposition. The Wisconsin native got his start on the same stage as many other comedians in the Minneapolis comedy scene: Acme Comedy Company. Lee has always stood out for his light-hearted approach to comedy (even when he talks about […]

MSP International Film Fest celebrates 35 years of movie magic






Eric Wilson has one goal: to reach as many people as possible through the art of film. Wilson has been the director of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) since 2010. Since then, the festival has nearly doubled in annual attendance. Last year’s total clocked in around 42,000 moviegoers, making it one of […]

Community Supported Agriculture: What it is, how it works, and why it’s worth considering






Tis the season for fresh, locally grown produce, farmers’ markets, restaurants boasting seasonal menus, and community gardens bursting at the chicken wire. Another way to enjoy just-picked, seasonal goodies is to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. No, you don’t have to till the land and harvest the crops (although the farmers would probably […]

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Climate Generation gets the Birchwood Boost






As our month of conservation-themed stories draws to a close, we at The Growler have been thinking about how to be more involved in these pressing global issues in the course of our everyday lives. One thing we’ll do is eat at the Birchwood Cafe (I mean, we do that anyway, because we dream about those savory waffles), […]

Conservation in action: Restoring North America’s bison population






Take a Sunday drive along the rolling county roads of outstate Minnesota, watching out your window as lakes and clustered cabins give way to sprawling farmland and the odd barn or cowshed, and you might spot among the dairy farms and cornfields the occasional ranch dedicated to raising bison. From the safe side of a […]

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co. issues statement on Silver Bay ban






In recent weeks, Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Company has been at the center of a controversy stemming from the brewery’s membership in the Downstream Business Coalition, a group made up of nearly 70 businesses who oppose proposed copper mining projects in Northeastern Minnesota, including PolyMet’s NorthMet project near Hoyt Lakes. In early March, the Silver Bay City Council voted […]