Glensheen: Minnesota’s infamous murder mystery comes to life at History Theatre

It sounds like fiction—like a murder mystery in a worn paperback novel. A wealthy woman is murdered in her bed, smothered with a pillow in the landmark lakeside mansion built by her parents. Her nurse is also killed, bludgeoned with a candlestick. Investigators quickly identify two suspects with a classic motive: struggling financially, the suspects […]

Firefighters and breweries bring warmth to kids in Minnesota one coat at a time

It’s almost unfathomable to consider enduring a Minnesota winter without a thick, warm, well-made, secure winter jacket. But thousands of people find themselves facing the harsh winds and biting temperatures each year without a coat to protect them. Many of those individuals are children. Operation Warm was founded in 2002 with the goal of serving […]

Major ownership, brewer changes at Fitger’s Brewhouse

A lot has changed in the beer world since Tim Nelson and Rod Raymond opened Fitger’s Brewhouse in 1995 as one of only four breweries operating in the state of Minnesota. Today some big changes for the Duluth brewpub were announced. Nelson is selling his interests in the business to Raymond and head brewer Dave Hoops is […]

Then and now: Uncovering Duluth’s storied Peoples Brewing Co.

Peoples Brewing Company of Duluth was ahead of its time. Founded on socialist principles in 1907 by Martin Smith, F.G. Sandstedt, and Michael J. Gleeson, the brewery stood up to big beer long before it was hip to do so. At that time, Duluth had two other breweries, Fitger’s Brewery (unaffiliated with Fitger’s Brewhouse) and […]

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Duluth Homebrew Supply opens in Fitger’s complex

Duluth homebrewers, start your engines! Duluth Homebrew Supply opened its doors July 16 in the Fitger’s complex. Owners and siblings Katie Hagglund and Kelly Katoski opened the store with hopes of bringing to life a vision of people gathering around a shared passion. “We started Duluth Homebrew Supply not just because we love to make great beer,” […]

The Beer Diet

Note from the Editor: The following is author Melissa Maki’s account of her partner of 19 years Troy Roger’s unusual diet of only beer. All views expressed in this story are soley the author’s. Check with your physician before starting any diet. Troy Rogers, the author, and The Growler bear no legal responsibility for health issues that […]

Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe

My first taste of Blacklist Brewing came last winter at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. It was one of those Duluth mornings in which you step outside and your skin immediately registers the fact that you’re in Duluth. Sheltered from the whip of an icy wind screaming down Superior Street, I settled in to […]

Bent Paddle Brewing celebrates its 1st Festiversary this Saturday, May 17

Happy 1st birthday to Bent Paddle Brewing Company.  The 30bbl brewery in Duluth, Minnesota, made quite a splash in the craft beer community in their first year and are going to celebrate with an outdoor festival Saturday, May 17 in the brewery’s Lincoln parking lot from 12–6pm. “We are so grateful to the overwhelming response […]

FDA rule that threatens brewer-farmer relationships to be reconsidered

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) is requesting that the FDA exempts beer and alcohol facilities from the animal feed rule. Spent grain is a natural byproduct of the brewing process. After grains have been used in the mashing process they remain nutritionally viable as feed for dairy and beef cattle. In fact, leftover grains […]

Notable Duluth and Superior Brewers Gather for the Craft Beer Roundtable’s “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene”

On April 13th, The Duluth Experience will host the second of four live panel discussions focused on the ever growing north craft beer community. “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene” will take place in Duluth on the stage of the Teatro Zuccone in the Zeitgeist Arts Building downtown at 1pm. The panel will include a number of well-known […]

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

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 […]

The Great Outdoors…With Beer

Dave Hoops dishes on his favorite places in northern Minnesota. By Dave Hoops  In this issue I am going to talk about some of my favorite places in northern Minnesota to hike, bike, camp, relax, swim, and of course enjoy a great beer. In 2006, the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan showed a staggering 11,862 […]

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14 Things to Help You Tolerate Valentine’s Day

By Grace Sell   Whether single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” – we were all struck by Cupid’s arrow the moment we tasted our first heartbreakingly-good craft beer. Here at The Growler, we may not be the most romantic kids on the block, but we do know love when we see it – just like […]

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Fulton’s Patience Barleywine Release, Duluth Expansion, and MNBA Punchcard

Fulton will be releasing their newest addition to the Garage Series this weekend with Patience Barleywine. On Saturday you’ll be able to grab yourself a 10oz pour of this new 13.2% ABV beer, or perhaps, a bottle. Act quickly though, because there is only a little over 200 cases produced, making this Fulton’s smallest bottling run. Liquor stores […]

Bent Paddle Begins Limited Twin Cities Distribution This Week

Bent Paddle Brewing Co., which has been brewing beer for the Twin Ports region over the past 6 months, will begin distribution in the Twin Cities at select liquor stores. The following stores will begin carrying 12oz. 6 packs of Bent Paddle’s current flagship beers (pictured above) on Wed, Nov. 13th: North Loop Wine & […]