The Growler

About The Growler

The Growler is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine focusing on the craft and culture of beer, food, travel, music, art, and more.

How to Properly Store Homebrewing Ingredients and Supplies [Infographic]


Over the past few years, home brewing has become a popular hobby as beer lovers everywhere are trying their hands at creating their own signature brews; in fact, recent research estimates that there are 1.2 million home brewers in the United States, and that last year there saw a 24% year-over-year increase in sales of […]

The Nomad World Pub Turns 10

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The Nomad World Pub on Minneapolis’ West Bank has a special place in our hearts. Seldom does a place elicit such strong feelings of love and hate simultaneously. We love spending time there (but we often hate ourselves for it). From Stupor Bowl stops and annual St. Patty’s “Pee Parties,” Jug Band Competitions to mint juleps […]

Better Beer Society University’s Spring Semester Starts Tonight


Craft beer is serious business. The impact of craft beer on the economy and culture of the Twin Cities has developed expeditiously over the past few years. And as is the case with many young industries—there can be a pretty steep learning curve. The quick-growing micro industry of craft beer in Minnesota is undoubtedly a work in progress, but […]

Surly Doomtree Cans Debut This Week at The Depot

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Tomorrow will be your very first chance to get your hands on a can of Surly Brewing Company‘s collaboration beer with local hip hop collective Doomtree. Surly Nation and the Doomtree crew will launch the packaged version of Surly Doomtree at The Depot on Wednesday, February 25. Cans will also be on sale at First Ave. […]

Craft Bar and Lounge Now Open at the Minneapolis Convention Center


Minnesota breweries now have another high profile place to showcase their craft. The new Craft Bar and Lounge in the Minneapolis Convention Center features a rotating selection of local beer curated by the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild. The Guild’s new partnership with Meet Minneapolis and Kelber Catering will provide out-of-town conventioneers more local beer options and a […]

Coming Soon: Summit’s Hopvale Organic Ale


It’s no secret in the craft beer industry that session beers are trending. Lower alcohol beers with character have become a staple in the flagship lineups of craft beer’s biggest (and best) breweries. Local legend Summit Brewing Company has taken note. Summit is getting set to release an organic hoppy session ale called Hopvale Organic Ale that […]

How Craft Breweries Can Achieve Scale from the Head of Sales & Marketing at Lagunitas


The craft brewery business is booming. As the industry expands, it’s harder than ever for up-and-coming breweries to make a name for themselves. You know how to make great beer, but do you know how to get people to drink it? The Vault at sat down with Ron Lindenbusch, head of sales and marketing at Lagunitas, to […]

Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Brown


Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Brown 5.5% ABV This malt-forward ale pours with a fluffy khaki head atop its alluring reddish-brown body. This is a savory brew with wafting hints of chocolate, dark roast coffee, and faint smoke. In many ways, it’s quintessential American brown ale, but the delicate smoky notes bring a unique and satisfying […]

Indeed Brewing Company Hot Box Imperial Smoked Porter


Indeed Brewing Company Hot Box Imperial Smoked Porter 9.0% ABV For this smoldering winter seasonal, Indeed teamed up with their friends at Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub in South Minneapolis. Hot Box is a robust porter aged on hickory-smoked poblano and jalapeno peppers, giving it a smoky, spicy, and subtly sweet flavor. With hints of roasted […]

Bad Weather Brewing Windvane


Bad Weather Brewing Windvane 6% ABV As the seasons transition from one to the next, Bad Weather Brewing is also transitioning from its current home in Minnetonka to the Saintly City. Changes aside, their flagship beer remains consistently balanced and suitable for any time of year and any part of town. The subtle, toasty caramel […]

Milwaukee Brewing Company O-Gii


Milwaukee Brewing Company O-Gii 9.2% ABV MKE is on the forefront of experimental, unique, and delicious beer. O-Gii is an imperial wit brewed with chamomile tea, which works so well it’s surprising more brewers haven’t followed suit. O-Gii’s flavor is a deep bready base punctuated by coriander spiciness. The body is fuller than a typical […]

Ommegang Brewery Gnomegang


Ommegang Brewery Gnomegang 9.5% ABV Ommegang teamed with Brasserie d’Achouffe to brew one of the finest Belgian-inspired golden strong ales ever to grace a fermenter. The Chouffe yeast gives this beer distinct spicy clove and bubblegum aromas, and the carbonation is aggressive enough to scrub away all that Roquefort cheese you’ve been gorging on lately. […]

Odell Brewing Mountain Standard


Odell Brewing Mountain Standard 9.5% ABV This sought-after seasonal black IPA arrived late to MN this year, so get your hands on it quickly! It features the best chinook and cascade hops Colorado has to offer. The aroma features beautiful pine resin, juicy citrus, and rich chocolate, followed by flavors of chocolate, bitter cocoa, and […]

Brooklyn Brewing Company Black Chocolate Stout


Brooklyn Brewing Company Black Chocolate Stout 10.0% ABV Brooklyn was a pioneer in the craft beer movement and has been brewing this Russian imperial stout since 1994. It pours like oil and is pitch black in the glass with a dark mocha head that fades quickly. The chocolate malt stands out and the roasted malts […]

Avery Brewing Hog Heaven


Avery Brewing Hog Heaven 9.2% ABV, 104 IBU When you think of Avery, you think of big, aggressive brews and Hog Heaven does not disappoint. While categorized as an American barleywine this beer blurs the line, drinking more like a rich and robust imperial IPA. Pouring a deep, rusty copper hue with a sticky off-white […]