Sunday liquor sales headed to Senate floor for vote on Monday






The Minnesota Senate will vote on a bill that would lift the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales this Monday, Feb. 27, at 11am. The bill’s chief author, Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona), said he expects it to pass. “I wouldn’t bring it to the floor if I didn’t think it has the votes to pass,” […]

Sunday sales bill approved by Senate Commerce Committee, headed for floor vote






Sunday liquor sales took another step forward on Wednesday as the Senate Commerce Committee voted 7–4 in favor a bill aimed at lifting the Prohibition-era ban. The bill will now head to the Senate floor for a vote. While a date for the vote has not been set, it’s expected to take place in the coming week […]

Analog dating in a digital world






In the modern quest to find romance, many singles have shifted to dating digitally. If you’re familiar with the virtual courtship dance, then you know how frustrating it can be. From choosing the least creepy dating site, to cleverly filling out questionnaires, and deciphering the intention of emoji-ridden messages from strangers, the whole process can […]

And The Beer Dazzler Award goes to…






Stay tuned for more details on our first annual #BeerDazzler Award — to be bestowed to the best beer at the fest tomorrow. #BDWC17 pic.twitter.com/SZCuOASZzV — The Growler Magazine (@growlermag) February 3, 2017 The Growler Magazine is proud to introduce The Beer Dazzler Award, making its debut tomorrow at the 8th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter […]

The Growler Giveaway – Win a Kegerator from Beer Meister and The Growler






Sign up for The Draft Line, The Growler’s weekly email newsletter, by February 27, 2017, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a Single Tower Value-Line Kegerator (model BM101), courtesy of Beer Meister, 3795 Pinto Dr, Medina, MN 55447. For nearly 50 years, Beer Meister has provided exceptional home brewing, winemaking, and dispensing products. This prize has […]

Enter to win one of four pairs of tickets to the sold out Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival






The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival is 100% SOLD OUT. Thanks for your support of #MNBeer. See y’all at the fest! #BDWC17 pic.twitter.com/jF5UIgFdo4 — The Beer Dabbler (@BeerDabbler) February 1, 2017 The Growler is giving away four pairs of tickets—one each day Wednesday through Saturday—to the sold out 8th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival on Feb. […]

The Plan to Have No Plan






Finding the spontaneous, yet scheduled, happy medium that (almost) guarantees getting the most out of travel Accidentally walked 14.5 miles today. Not saying that in a humble brag way, rather an “I have no sense of direction and got lost multiple times and confused Google maps with my poor decisions and ended up in neighborhoods […]

The (not so) complete history of Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant






Given St. Paul’s colorful past, it shouldn’t be surprising that the city’s first resident of European descent was a bar owner with legal troubles, and the first building was his eponymous bar. Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant’s early years are shrouded in mystery. Here are things the historical records seem to agree on: He was born […]

Grrrowler of the Month: Sterling






Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Minnesota Boxer Rescue. About Sterling: Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info) Adoption Fee: $267.81 includes applicable MN sales tax General Color: White Color: Patches Current Size: 95 Pounds Current Age: 5 Years, 4 Months (best […]

Opinion: Why I spent a weekend brewing with just women






I am familiar with mansplaining. I am a woman and haven’t spent thirty-something years living under a rock. But I have never experienced the phenomenon with such frequency until I started working in the craft brew industry. I’ve bought homes, spent a decade in academia, and a summer working landscaping gigs on construction sites, and […]

Grrrowler of the Month: Xavier (aka Cavu)






Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Xavier Age: Approximate DOB 12/23/14 Gender: Male Breed: Great Dane Weight: 130 pounds Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: TBD Energy level: Average History: […]

Grrrowler of the Month: Liberty (Pending Adoption)






Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Liberty (Pending Adoption) Age: Approximate DOB 8/1/14 Gender: Female Breed: Hound mix Weight: 55 pounds Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes – with dog savvy cats Kid friendly: Yes, 10+ House trained: […]

Photos: Before and after at Hotel & Cafe Alma






The bar and seating area at the new Cafe Alma // Before photo by Aaron Davidson, after photo by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Welcome back, Alma. It’s like you never left. After owner and chef Alex Roberts purchased the entire building Restaurant Alma is located in and closed in August to complete an expansion, Alma is […]

Trailblazers 2016: Alex Roberts of Alma: Cafe, Hotel, and Restaurant






It’s one thing to own a restaurant. It’s one thing to own a restaurant that aspires to the highest levels of plating, flavor, design, and customer service. It’s one thing to own said restaurant while trying to discover new ideas and techniques from the rich food traditions of the region and continent. It’s one thing […]

Trailblazers 2016: Danielle Cusack






Rock ‘n’ roll has always been about youthful energy, but right now the Twin Cities music scene is having an especially youthful moment, with artists like Lexii Alijai blowing up on SoundCloud and an all-ages scene burgeoning at venues like the Garage. At the nexus of what’s next is 20-year-old Danielle Cusack: drummer, bassist, singer-songwriter, […]