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

Summer Beer Dabbler 2014

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Thousands of Beer Dabblers gathered at Midway Stadium on a late summer day in sunny St. Paul, Minnesota for the 6th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler. The festival featured more than 85 craft breweries sampling hundreds of beers. Live music was provided by Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Hippo Campus, Crossing Guards, and a special presentation […]

How can you help turn beer into food for the hungry? Drink FINNEGANS.


There are hundreds of breweries in the country whose business plan include a charitable component — giving away a percentage of profits to support their community. But FINNEGANS is the only beer company we know that gives 100% of their profits back to the communities that buy their beer. Founded in 2000 by “rambunctious social entrepreneur” […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): New Breweries in Minnesota and Beyond


Each issue we take a look at a few new breweries on the craft beer scene. In issue 14 we take a closer look at Drekker Brewing (Fargo, ND), Oliphant Brewing (Somerset, WI), and LynLake Brewery (Minneapolis, MN). Drekker In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the […]

Founders All Day IPA


Founders All Day IPA 4.7% ABV, 42 IBU This is exactly what a good session beer should be—complex enough flavor with a substantial enough body. Tons of citrus on the nose, and fresh tasting through and through. Fruity and balanced, more bitter than you might expect, but a sweet maltiness leads the way. A session beer […]

FlipSidez Sandals || $21.95

Follow Me - Bring Beer Flip Flops By FlipSidez

“Follow Me…Bring Beer.” Sounds like something any beer lover might say. With these sandals on, your feet can do the walking AND the talking! Available in multiple sizes and three colors, these sandals leave a trail of imprints for your beer-toting friends to easily make their way to you. Hopefully when they find you, they’ll […]

Petrus Aged Pale Ale


Petrus Aged Pale Ale 7.3% ABV, 10 IBU If you are looking for a face tightening sour, this is your companion. This Flaunders Oud Bruin really brings greatness to the table. It pours with a two finger fuzzy head, exciting your nostrils with sour aromas, lemon, and a touch of funk. As you touch the glass […]

Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America’s Top Brewmasters || $24.99

Craft Beer For The Homebrewer

The Twin Cities’ own Michael Agnew merges the hobby of homebrewing and the current craft beer craze in this collection of 38 recipes. Developed by pro-brewers, and adapted for use on a homebrew-sized system, these recipes are perfect for beer lovers who also happen to be homebrew enthusiasts. Whether you prefer to brew partial-mash or […]

Bell’s Oarsman


Bell’s Oarsman 4.0% ABV, 10 IBU Bell’s Oarsman offers us a different take on a session beer. Oarsman is a sour mash wheat beer created with a brewing method used in classic Germany, giving this beer its effortless tang. Having complex flavor and hitting only 4.0%, this beer has definite drinkability. Pours a light golden color, […]

Mankato Brewery Duly Noted American Pale Ale


Mankato Brewery Duly Noted American Pale Ale 5.40% ABV, 40 IBU Mankato is the site of Minnesota Vikings training camp, and during camp is the temporary home of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, aka “All Day.” All Day would also be a great nickname for this beer, because you can drink a few throughout the day. […]

Indeed Brewing Company Mexican Honey Imperial Lager


Indeed Brewing Company Mexican Honey Imperial Lager 7.2% ABV Previously only available at their Northeast Minneapolis taproom, our friends at Indeed Brewing have graciously chosen to bottle this imperial lager for the first time. It pours an enticing golden color with an attractive white head. The orange blossom honey really comes through on the nose, with layers […]

Posters and Pints Artwork || From $30


Posters and Pints: part art show, part beer-tasting fundraiser, and it left our local beer art scene with a variety of fun, new work. We were lucky enough to get our grubby mitts on a handful of these new prints here at The Beer Dabbler Store. Do you fancy a barrel growler of monkeys? Perhaps […]

Stillwater Artisanal Ales Saison Darkly


Stillwater Artisanal Ales Saison Darkly 8% ABV Saison-style beers have found themselves in my beer fridge more and more frequently. There is so much variety in this style and Stillwater Artisanal’s Saison Darkly embraces this. For starters, it poured darker than limo tinted windows and I wondered if I had a stout that was mislabeled. It’s […]

Cisco Summer of Lager


Cisco Summer of Lager 5.5% ABV, 36 IBU A Bohemian style pilsner, it is a perfect companion to a Minnesota summer. Crack a can, pour it into your glass, and notice a large white head shrink to a thin line. Aromas of citrus and toast with some underlying grassy notes on the nose. What a thirst […]

Lakefront Extended Play IPA


Lakefront Extended Play ISA 4.2% ABV A beautiful light orange/gold color and nose full of citrus and resinous hops. As the name implies, it’s a sessionable, light-bodied brew with enough bitterness to keep the sip intriguing before fading away to a super clean finish.   Reviews by Revival Wine, Beer & Spirits 141 E 4th […]

Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock


Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock 6.5% ABV, 40 IBU Some beers have a subtle hint of smokiness to them. This is not one of those beers. This German Rauchbier (smoked beer) is a full-on smoke bomb, a campfire in the glass and a barbeque in the mouth. Aromas of smoked ham, smoked sausage, and smoked Gouda […]