Grrrowler of the Month: Oxford

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Name: Oxford Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Age: 1-2 years old About Me:  Oxford is a smart and well trained Pit Bull. He knows many commands and tricks including how to give a high-five! Oxford has the perfect amount of energy. He loves his daily walks and play time, but he also eagerly awaits his cuddle [...]

30 Days of Biking

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By Patrick Stephenson In March 2010, during an especially balmy and bright Minneapolis spring, best friends Patrick Stephenson (yours truly) and Zachariah Schaap co-founded a Social Media Beast named 30 Days of Biking. The premise of 30 Days of Biking was beautifully simple: Pledge to bike every day in April, 1–30, no matter the weather, [...]

Spring Training Through the Eyes of One Beer Holder

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Taking a deserved spring break trip to the Twins’ proving grounds. By John Bonnes Photos by Brace Hemmelgarn / Minnesota Twins “Just how much would you pay to walk out that front door right now and have it be 80 degrees and sunny?” The answer to that question was considerably more than the $400 it [...]

FINNEGANS to Unveil Reverse Food Truck

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FINNEGANS is helping the community in more ways than ever. For 14 years FINNEGANS has set the bar for giving back in the Twin Cities. In 2000 the company was founded with a truly innovative business model that allows them to be a self-sustaining and social business. FINNEGANS has made it their mission to “turn [...]

Rock Bottom Hosts Annual Fire Chief Promotion

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Rock Bottom Restaurants and Breweries are located all over the nation. Their beer and food are made in-house and this year they are continuing their annual Fire Chief Promotion, February 25th–March 30th. During this promotion they offer a limited-time menu, beer, and cocktails that benefit local fire departments and related charities. They began this promotion in [...]

Craft Culture: Craft is Fluid at the American Craft Council

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Minnesota craft breweries to be featured at the American Craft Council show, April 11-13 By Liz Scholz Over the past few issues in the Growler’s Craft Culture series, we’ve covered the local maker movement in Minnesota, from a pop-up menswear market to hand-sewn leather luxury bags. But what does “craft” mean? Is it your grandma’s [...]

Weekend Events Preview 1/09-1/12

Odell Tap Invasion

Thursday, January 9th: Odell Tap Invasion  Starting at 4pm, come to the Red Cow for Odell Brewing Co Tap Invasion. There will be 11 Odell brews on tap, including the all new Runoff Red IPA. Come in early for a happy hour drink at 3-6pm. More details here. Red Cow – 4pm-11:30pm 3624 West 50th Street [...]

Minnesota Governor would sign Sunday beer sales bill

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Governor Mark Dayton (D-MN) today said he would support legislation that would allow the sale of beer, wine, and liquor on Sundays in Minnesota if a bill makes it to his desk. In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Governor Dayton said that he would not stand in the way of legislation clearing [...]

Wrath of the Keller

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The Story of the Minnesota State Capitol’s Lost Rathskeller. By Doug Hoverson   Even accounting for home state favoritism, Minnesota’s State Capitol is the most beautiful architectural specimen of the fifty. The dome is nicely proportional, while some have seriously mutant dome shapes. The white marble on the outside is the perfect background for the [...]

What’s on Tap in December 2013 and January 2014

Things you should do and see during the darkest months of the year. December 4th Excelsior Tap Takeover & Mr. Jimmy’s Ruby Ale Release The Happy Gnome 498 Selby Avenue, St. Paul // 5–9pm Excelsior Brewing Co. will be releasing their latest, Mr. Jimmy’s Ruby Ale, at the Happy Gnome with a tap takeover. Chat [...]

Tuned In Brewed In: Brewing for Art’s Sake

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Boom Island’s LoMoMO and the Minnesota Orchestra Lockout By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Joe Alton Locked Out On October 1, 2012, the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA) locked out the Orchestra’s musicians after the two parties failed to come to terms on the musicians’ new contracts. The Minnesota Orchestra has faced continued financial shortfalls stemming from [...]

Grrrowler of the Month: Marvin

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Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s featured pup is Connor from Twin Cities Pet Rescue! Name: Marvin  Breed: Male Japanese Chin Age: Approximately 8 years old, approximately 10 lbs. About Me: I am a survivor. I’ve spent my entire life living in a puppy mill until I was [...]

Sustainability in Brewing Forum

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Join The Growler and Net Impact Minneapolis for an evening that combines two of our favorite things: beer and sustainability! Get a free Kleen Kanteen stainless steel pint cup with entry (a $10 value)! Enjoy eats from the acclaimed food truck, Hot Indian Foods! All Summit pints are just $2 during the event!  And there will be lots [...]

Birchwood Cafe Celebrates 18th Anniversary, Announces Expansion Plan

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Birchwood Cafe, a popular Seward neighborhood hangout, is hosting an anniversary party on October 27th from 5PM to 9PM at the restaurant.  The party is not only celebrating Birchwood’s 18 years as a successful, community-conscious business, but also to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a planned expansion.  As Birchwood owner Tracy Singleton [...]

American-Made Menswear at Northern Grade

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An interview with Katherine McMillan of Northern Grade, a pop-up men’s store that starts a run at MIA November 21st. By Emily Weiss Photos courtesy of Northern Grade Borne out of a love of heritage brands and a disdain for the anonymity of “throwaway culture,” Northern Grade—a traveling pop-up menswear market that focuses on American-made goods—is [...]