Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people […]

Trailblazers 2016: Tracy Singleton of Birchwood Cafe

The Birchwood Cafe isn’t a restaurant. I mean, sure, in the sense that it serves some of the most delicious waffles known to mankind, it’s a neighborhood cafe all right, and certainly one of the finest we have in these parts. But in the course of the last year, it has become obvious that the […]

Interesting vegetables: 8 takes on meatless meals in the Twin Cities

Michael Pollan’s maxim on eating is easy enough to follow. Eat food. We’re on board. Not too much. Not a problem. Mostly plants. Well yeah, but, wait—mostly? We give it an honest try, planning a week of lunch salads and shopping for brunch at the farmers’ market. Then Friday night rolls around, we go out […]

Climate Generation gets the Birchwood Boost

As our month of conservation-themed stories draws to a close, we at The Growler have been thinking about how to be more involved in these pressing global issues in the course of our everyday lives. One thing we’ll do is eat at the Birchwood Cafe (I mean, we do that anyway, because we dream about those savory waffles), […]

Bashes, bacon, and beer: Weekend highlights Sept. 12–13

Summer’s over, huh? Apparently this weekend didn’t get the memo. This Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12–13, are more packed with beer, food, and culture events than your Facebook feed is with back-to-school photos. See below for a rundown of some of our favorites. Saturday, September 12 Lift Bridge Pickin’ and Grinnin’ & 7th Anniversary Party | […]

Sweetland Orchards Scrumpy

Our favorite beer bars are getting wise to the national trend. There, on the drink lists, among a litany of IPAs and Belgians, you’ll increasingly find dedicated selections of hard cider, giving us a chance to expand our craft palates. These places include both Republic locations, which comprise two of the four Metro locations currently […]

Eat This Now! Miso Cod at Verdant Tea

The Verdant Tea house has developed a reputation for unique flavor. Their product approach seems ever-refreshing and their new food menu looks to continue the tradition. Obviously, their success began with the direct importation of Chinese tea from small family estates. Then, Sweet Science Ice Cream took up residence. After that began a program of […]

Duck Breast with Mapled Winter Squash & Harriet Brewing Company’s Divine Oculust

A Farm to Table Recipe Presented by Dinner on the Farm Recipe by Marshall Paulsen, Birchwood Cafe Winter is upon us. Embracing the flavors and special ingredients of this season is not only a delicious way to enjoy a meal, it also helps support local farms throughout the cold months, when their fields are covered with snow. […]