Grow a Farmer Fund raising money for low-interest loans to farmers

There’s nothing better than fresh produce from a local farmers’ market. Whether it’s juicy tomatoes or perfectly globular pumpkins, farm-to-table foods are seasonal delights. But the reality is that small-scale farming is hard work and earning a living from it can be even harder. From land prices to equipment, animal housing to securing bank financing, […]

Deschutes Street Pub raises over $104,000 for Second Harvest Heartland

On Saturday, September 10, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery brought their pop-up Street Pub to Minneapolis for one day during their seven city nationwide tour that includes stops in Arlington, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, Roanoke, and Sacramento. While the block party only lasted eight hours, that’s all it took to be record breaking. The event raised $104,723 for […]

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. […]