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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.

Barrel-aged Week at Minneapolis Town Hall Starts Monday [Full Beer List]

One of The Twin Cities’ oldest and most renowned brewpubs, Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery will open their doors to the public tonight after closing for 14 weeks while the business underwent major renovations. They will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, April 11 at 6pm. Town Hall will waste no time getting back in the craft beer […]

Cheap Wine Reviewed By An Irish Brewmaster

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We are equal opportunity drinkers here at The Growler. We enjoy an occasional cocktail or a nice glass of wine. In the video below, posted by BuzzFeed, Summit Brewing Company’s Head Brewer Damian McConn reviews some notable “cheap wines” — and its brilliant.

Walker Art Center Announces Brewer-in-Residence Series at Gather by D’Amico

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Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and Gather D’Amico announced today that they will welcome three local brewers to take part in a brewer-in-residence series this summer, which is an extension—and a sudsy complement—to its established chef-in-residence events. On the first Thursday of the month, starting this May, guests can enjoy three complimentary samples of beer from that […]

PRESS RELEASE: Fitger’s Brewhouse Signs 20-Year Lease with Fitger’s on the Lake

Fitger's Brewhouse // Photo by Maxwell McGruder

PRESS RELEASE Duluth, MN – After 19 years of operation, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Fitger’s on the Lake LLC have cemented their commitment to each other and the community of Duluth by signing a 20-year lease. Both parties are thrilled to be renewing and extending this relationship for a total of 20 more years. “Fitger’s is […]

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 […]

Bent Paddle ESB

Bent Paddle ESB

Bent Paddle ESB ABV: 5.6% IBUs: 32 With their ESB, Bent Paddle rounds out a diverse and stellar core lineup that rivals any available in MN! A pleasantly light but expressive hop aroma of citrus and floral floats above toasted malt notes. The medium body presents slightly sweet, but finishes dry and extremely clean with […]

Full Sail Session Lager

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Full Sail Session Lager ABV: 5.1% IBUs: 18  In a world where hops are becoming everything and the lager is drifting into an abyss of sad back shelf life, this underrated, fun-loving session lager is offering up a great malty, crisp taste. It is so different from the direction the craft revolution is going and is […]

Ten FIDY

Ten-FIDY

Ten FIDY ABV: 10.5% IBUs: 98  Pours dark as night but with a red/amber hue like a harvest moon. At first, all I get is rich dark chocolate, but as the beer warms the roasted coffee bean flavor comes out. Full of complex aromas and flavors, this is not cheap gas-station coffee, but rather a […]

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Guinness Brewery Guinness Foreign Extra 7.5% ABV Now this is an Irish stout! Dark fruits and rich caramel come to the forefront on the nose with an underlying hint of alcohol heat. The palate is surprisingly smooth with notes of chocolate, red grapes, and roasty espresso. Let it warm to room temperature and molasses and brown sugar […]

Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red

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Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red ABV: 5.7% IBUs: 70  An updated recipe for this beer has brought an extra punch of citrusy hops. There’s still plenty of malty goodness to love, but the addition of Mosaic hops and a few more IBUs has worked wonders. With the dry finish and all around clean feel you come […]

Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale

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Northgate Brewing Fiddle Smasher Scotch Ale ABV: 8.0% IBUs: 30 Do you think the local craft beer scene is coming along okay? Who said no? You’re wrong. Northgate is just one of the many talented newcomers. They brewed this beer to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Thanks for the gift, Northgate! A real grainy wheat bread smell pops […]

Blacklist Or de Belgique

Blacklist Or de Belgique

Blacklist Or de Belgique ABV: 9.5% This Belgian Golden Strong Ale with a name meaning “Gold of Belgium” lives up to its name! A golden color and aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and burnt sugar are the first welcoming notes. The flavor is malt-forward, but accompanied nicely by a slight acidity, lemongrass, bananas, and spices, which […]

Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale

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Steel Toe Brewing Provider Ale ABV: 5.0%  IBUs: 15  Yahoo for spring, right? Although it’s a year-round beer, Steel Toe’s Provider is a perfect beer for spring. Light, crisp, refreshing, awesome. Lemon zest on first sip. Although staying zesty, there is a lemon meringue pie fatness that fills your mouth. This beer offers so much, but […]

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale

Conway's Irish Ale

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale ABV: 6.5% IBUs: 25  If there was ever a beer for St. Patrick’s Day, this is it. Conway’s Irish Ale pours a light reddish-amber hue with a slight cinnamon spiciness in the nose. The flavor is very malt forward, leading in with toasty biscuit notes and a bit of fruitiness before […]

Odell Brewing Company Lugene

Odell-Lugene

Odell Brewing Company Lugene ABV: 8.5% With the first sip of this beer you are transported back to your childhood and an ice cold glass of chocolate milk. This beer pours dark as night with a nice brown head. Raising your glass delivers a sweet aroma—no coffee or hops here—just milk chocolate and possibly a hint […]