The Greatest Beer Destinations in the U.S.


This edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops hits the high points of the American beer scene. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. This issue I am going to talk about some of the best communities in the U.S. to drink craft beer. Most of my adult life [...]

Memories of Midway Stadium

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The crack of the bat on a warm, mid-summer day is a familiar sound along Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.America’s favorite pastime has historical roots in the beautiful capital city of Minnesota—particularly in the part of town known as The Midway—about halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis. After two iterations of the stadium and multiple [...]

New Faces in Historic Spaces

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The Old and New of Minnesota’s Iconic Breweries By David Sandager After years of standing vacant, Minnesota breweries of yesteryear are enjoying a renaissance. For close to a century the names Hamm’s, Schmidt, and Grain Belt were synonymous with beer in Minnesota, and their histories are inextricably linked to the rise and fall of a [...]

20 Years in Craft Beer


Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops offers a master brewer’s reflections on a two-decade career in craft beer. By Dave Hoops Greetings! I’m Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, MN. This issue I’m going to talk about the amazing ride I’ve enjoyed over two decades as a maker of beer. I began my [...]

Funny Business: Minnesota’s Stand-Up Scene Gets Serious


By Patrick Strait Photos by Aaron Davidson On a Thursday afternoon at Acme Comedy Company, four of Minnesota’s funniest homegrown comedians—Cy Amundson, Andy Erikson, Bryan Miller, and Steve Gillespie—sit around having lunch, checking Twitter, and exchanging road stories about gigs gone horribly wrong. Later the same evening, a sold-out crowd of nearly 300 will pack [...]

Minnesota public access bicycle repair with Bike Fixtation


A Minnesota company unchains bikers from the service shop ecosystem. By Patrick Stephenson Imagine this. You’re out on a bicycle ride and, horror of horrors, you hear the telltale gush of air from your tire’s tube. KKSSHHHHH. But on this ride, you aren’t prepared for a flat. You left the tubes, levers, and air pump [...]

NE Brewers’ Block Party at Sociable, July 27th

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By John Garland In food meets beer meets music news, Sociable Cider Werks announced yesterday a Northeast Brewers’ Block Party to be held outside their cidery at 1500 Fillmore St. NE. The free event will happen Sunday, July 27th from 2pm-9pm, and will feature entertainment by Enemy Planes, Whiskey Jeff and The Beer Back Band, [...]

Grrrowler of the Month: Bingo


Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s featured pup is Bingo from Wags & Whiskers. Name: Bingo Breed: Dachshund Age: 8 years old About Me: Bingo is an adorable, cuddly dog who loves people! He has great manners and is nicely trained, including crate and house trained. When Bingo [...]

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


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


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 [...]