Castle Danger Brewery planning large-scale expansion

Spring is right around the corner, and Castle Danger Brewery is springing into action with plans for a new packaging facility adjacent to their existing Two Harbors brewery. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the expansion will double Castle Danger’s production capacity within the coming years. The new facility will house the brewery’s brite tanks, […]

What We’re Drinking: March 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Badger Hill Brewing & Todd Haug, HEXIT Braggot IPA, Keith Grauman, Web Editor We’re in trouble. Why? Because bees are in trouble. Of the 100 crop […]

Kelley Farm renovations to showcase changes in Minnesota Agriculture

The Oliver Kelley Farm opens for the season April 1, following a multimillion dollar renovation. The new spaces and programming hope to showcase changes in Minnesota’s agricultural history—spanning from the 1860s to modern day. “In the new Farm Lab area, visitors can explore today’s agriculture through modern cropland, animals, gardens and an outdoor exhibit trail. Then […]

Brewery offers “paw-ternity” leave to employees with new dogs

Being a new puppy parent can be ruff, as you try to juggle work while buying food, training the pooch, taking time for walks, and a lot of other doggie duties. And that’s why BrewDog—a Scottish brewery with a Columbus, Ohio, location scheduled to open later this year—now offers a full week of paid leave for […]

3 Minnesota distilleries take home medals from 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards

Minnesota’s spirits scene may be young, but the state has some top-notch distilleries that are producing award-winning libations. At this year’s Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee, the American Craft Spirits Association judged 550 spirits across categories including whiskey, gin, rum, vodka and grain, brandy, and specialty. When the votes were tallied, three Minnesota distilleries […]

The Lone Grazer Creamery is closing

The Lone Grazer Creamery, which opened in the Northeast Minneapolis Food Building in 2015, announced today that it is closing. In a letter posted on The Lone Grazer’s website, Food Building owner Kieran Folliard said, “After two and a half years of laboring, building a plant, and fostering positive relationships with farmers, vendors, customers, and […]

32 craft breweries urge Senate to vote against Pruitt nomination to lead EPA

On Wednesday, 32 breweries sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking members to vote against Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The breweries are all part of the National Resource Defense Council’s Brewers for Clean Water campaign. Water is the primary ingredient in beer, and the NRDC’s campaign seeks to maintain […]

Get to know the Minnesota chefs & restaurants up for 2017 James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for 2017 chef and restaurant categories today, and Minnesota was well-represented with 13 chefs and two restaurants making the cut. The Best Chef: Midwest category, which last year was awarded to The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund, includes Thomas Boemer of Corner Table, Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James […]

Marin closing Feb. 20, will re-emerge as ‘Mercy’ in April

Marin Restaurant in the Le Meridien Chambers hotel will close on February 20th. Chef-partner Mike Rakun will re-open the space as Mercy as early as April. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to share more of who I am and create a spot that represents how and where I like to eat,” said Rakun, via press […]

Bill introduced to effectively expand growler sales to all Minnesota breweries

Bring in a growler to Third Street Brewhouse’s taproom for a refill, and you’ll come away empty-bottled. In August 2016, the Cold Spring, Minnesota–based brewery ceased filling growlers after it crossed the annual production limit of 20,000 barrels imposed by state law. They joined a growing list of breweries that cannot sell growlers at their locations, including Summit Brewing, August Schell […]

MN Opera Announces 2017-18 Season: Mozart, Thaïs, and Dead Man Walking

The Minnesota Opera has announced their five main stage performances for the upcoming 2017-18 season: Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti (Oct. 7, 10, 12, 14, and 15, 2017), will be envisioned in 1950s Hollywood, with the lively farce centered around the declining career of a silent film star. The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Nov. […]

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival releases full lineup for year ‘Troix’

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival returns to Foster Farm this June 16 and 17, and this year’s music lineup packs some real star power. Among the 26 musical acts announced this Thursday afternoon are Paul Simon, Chance the Rapper, Feist, and Wilco. Bon Iver will return in 2017 and will be playing a set in honor […]

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 […]

Fitger’s co-founder announces plans to open new brewery in Superior, Wis.

Tim Nelson, one of the co-founders of Fitger’s Brewhouse and brewery consulting firm Bev-Craft, announced plans today to open Earth Rider Brewing Company in Superior, Wisconsin. The brewery will be located near the High Bridge at 1617 N. 3rd Street (the former home of Leamon Mercantile Co.), with plans to service the Twin Ports, and the […]

Minnesota Brewery Running Series announces 2017 schedule

Even for the most avid, health-conscious runners, a carrot on a stick is probably not the most enticing form of motivation. But a beer? That’s another story. The Minnesota Brewery Running Series is back for 2017 with 25 events across the state (see the full list below). Now in its sixth year, the events are […]