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 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” […]

There is still time to enter your Kind-of-a-Big-Deal 2014 Nominations!

KOABD 2014 - Nominations High Res

Nominations run from noon on August 15 to 11:59pm on August 31 Submit Your Nominations  

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 […]

Open on Sunday

Open On Sunday

Issue 14 Word Find Answer Key


Issue 14 Crossword Solution

G14 Crossword Solution Revised

Announcement: Autumn Brew Review Ticket On-Sale Today

ABR September 2009
// Photography by Jon Behm // www.facebook.com/MinnesotaCraftBrewersGuild/

14th Annual Autumn Brew Review, one of the longest running and largest craft beer festivals in Minnesota, returns September 27! TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 29 at NOON (CST) at www.tempotickets.com/abr EVENT DETAILS:  Saturday, September 27, 2014 1 – 5 p.m. Historic Grain Belt Brewery Complex | Minneapolis, MN $45 + applicable taxes and ticketing […]

Mike Munson Played 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 5 Days

Dave Munson plays to a crowded Fulton Brewing Co. patio // Photo by Joe Alton

From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson traversed the Mississippi River Valley and followed Highway 61 up to the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different brewery taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders explored the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for trends and differences […]

Enter to Win Tickets to On Tap @ Mystic Craft Beer Festival

On Tap @ Mystic Logo

The Growler is a proud sponsor of On Tap @ Mystic, a brand new craft beer festival happening on August 9th from 2–6pm at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Party outside all afternoon with live music, food trucks, and craft beers from 30 local, regional, and national brewers! Admission includes a t-­shirt, coupon book, beer samples, […]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Summit Owner Mark Stutrud recipe planning with Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo, owners of Bang Brewing Co. // Photo by Chip Walton, Summit Brewing Co.

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and […]

Duluth Experience’s last Craft Beer Roundtable focuses on Women in Beer

Duluth Experience Craft-Beer-Roundtable

Since beer’s inception around 800 BCE, women were brewing. In fact until beer’s commercialization, brewing was rarely practiced by men. “Men took over the brewing process when it went commercial and there was money to be made,” explained Professor Jeffrey Pilcher in The Growler‘s Coming Full Circe: Women in Beer by Ryan Tuenge. When beer brewing left […]

PRESS RELEASE: New Belgium and 3 Floyds Unearth an Old Polish Craft to Create Grätzer


This smoky collaboration is the latest offering in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series Ft. Collins, Colo., – June 17, 2014 – 3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Ind. with a big reputation, and New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., have partnered to create Grätzer. This bold-flavored ale brings back to life the […]

GermanFest 2014 VIP Ticket Giveaway


The first-ever GermanFest will be held in St. Paul at the Historic Schmidt Brewery on West 7th Street on Saturday, June 21 from 10am–10pm and Sunday, June 22 from 10am–7pm. Celebrate German culture with authentic food, quality beers and traditional Music. Enter below for your chance to win four (4) tickets to Friday, June 20 VIP […]

Press Release: Mayor Hodges Declares June 12, 2014 “612Brew Day” in City of Minneapolis


Come and enjoy a pint with us on June 12. Or, as we and the City of Minneapolis like to call it, SIX ONE TWO BREW DAY! MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 9, 2014 – We all look forward to our birthday or anniversary or special holidays. They are earmarked in our planners, circled on our calendars and […]