Pints and politics: Go Vote MN encourages millennials to register and vote






We hear it every four years: “This is the most important election of our lifetime!” When it comes to the 2016 presidential ballot—with polarized parties debating economics, foreign affairs, race, and national security—perhaps it is. But regardless of what you think of this year’s unconventional political landscape, a new campaign in the Land of 10,000 Lakes […]

Fulton pays it forward to entrepreneurs and charities






“In the brewing industry there are a lot of companies that are involved in donations and that’s great,” begins Fulton Brewing co-founder Ryan Petz, seated in their North Loop taproom behind a pint of Tanager Brett IPA. “But we wanted to add our own element that ties into our own story.” Enter the brewery’s Ful10 […]

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), […]

Spring cleaning? Recycling at Tech Dump impacts more than the environment






Ahh…spring cleaning. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a house and garage cleared of all the junk that accumulated over the past year. But don’t just go crazy filling up the dumpster to prove to the world (and yourself) that you’re not a hoarder—recycling makes a big difference and is easier than you may think. […]

How Indeed spends its Wednesday nights: giving back






The positive energy surrounding Indeed We Can is contagious. The program is Indeed Brewing Company’s way to give back: every Wednesday of every week, a different nonprofit organization is chosen to be the recipient of the taproom’s net proceeds from that night. Organizations have ranged from Trylon Microcinema to KFAI community radio to The Leukemia […]

The land of misfit bikers






Team Koochella looks to grow women’s bicycle racing while keeping Minnesota’s sole racing venue alive Photos by Aaron Davidson Anna Schwinn—yes, her namesake comes from the company founded by her great-great-grandfather—is addicted to bicycle racing, specifically on the wooden velodrome track in Blaine, Minnesota. Schwinn’s parents worked in the bicycle industry. She has a mechanical engineering […]

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Sky-to-Pint Beer: Badger State Brewing Co. goes 100-percent wind powered






Photos courtesy of Badger State Brewing The term “wind-powered brewery” conjures an image of old-timey windmills attached to giant steel tanks—Don Quixote meets 2015. Of course, that’s nowhere near how such conservation-minded breweries actually operate (although it’s fun to picture). Two places claim to be the first wind-powered brewery in the United States: New Belgium, […]

Community Hops Grows to New Heights






As Tom LaPitz pushes a manual lawnmower around the edge of the Community Hops Longfellow garden, knocking down ankle-high grass and weeds, Bryce Larson pulls length after length of rough twine from a tangled pile and wraps each one into a neat figure eight. After the last length is tied, Larson makes a final count. […]

Community Pride, History and Really Big Brats






How a small-town meat market set a world record and changed the face of its community Type “world record brat” into Google and staring back at you will be a 152-foot-9-inch brat from Prescott, Wisconsin. Known mostly for its placement along the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers and the constant rumble of […]

Water a Tree, Beer for Free






A little over a year ago, seven professional tree enthusiasts met for beers to contemplate a big issue: Due to the emerald ash borer epidemic, an estimated 7,000 trees are being cut down each year in Minneapolis. And while new trees are being planed in their place, the City of Minneapolis only has the capacity […]

Jim Morrison’s Sapsucker Farm and Yellow Belly Hard Cider






For this farming couple, starting small led to success, one crop after another. One of Jim Morrison’s favorite memories from childhood involves apples. “I was sitting out in the woods one day,” he recalls, “and I remembered how when I was a kid my parents would occasionally bring home a one-gallon tub of fresh, unpasteurized […]

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10 Questions for The Current at 10 Years






Photos by Aaron Davidson When 89.3 The Current hit the airwaves at 9:01am on Jan. 24, 2005 to the beat of Atmosphere’s “Say Shh,” nothing was a sure thing. Alternative stations come and go, and will continue to, but with the backing of Minnesota Public Radio, The Current is not just another station. It has […]

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Duluth Brewer’s Path Paved with Persistence, Powered by Pink Boots






Though inroads have certainly been made in recent years, the craft beer industry is still a largely male-dominated landscape. Duluthian Ginga Newton is a brewer who has been struggling to break into the field. For a number of years, she has settled for jobs on its periphery, biding her time and waiting for an opening. […]

Winterfest Two-day Passes on Sale Now, Single Day Tickets on Sale Friday






  Two-day ticket packs for Winterfest 2015, the Minnesota Brewers’ Guild’s annual winter celebration on Minnesota beer at St. Paul’s Union Depot, went on sale today at 12 p.m. Each pack is $135, plus a $12 service fee for online transactions, and includes admission for a single individual on both Winterfest days – February 27 and […]

Craft Culture: Traditional Snowshoes at Country Ways






Photos by Daniel Murphy The week before meeting with us, Country Ways’ CEO Greg Wilcox was in northern Minnesota at the Winter Camping Symposium, an annual event dedicated to celebrating outdoor winter activities. During our conversation, he spoke enthusiastically about how much he enjoyed the event and not just because beer was provided by Bent […]

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