Drink

‘We made mistakes’: 612Brew opens up about their past and how they’re reinventing themselves in 2019

W hen 612Brew opened its taproom in February 2013, the excitement was palpable. The mayor and city council members celebrated the opening by … [Read more]

The Mash-Up: Spring-minded releases for warmer days ahead

With over 170 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up to date, we present The Mash-Up—our … [Read more]

Two Minnesota Distilleries Awarded Best of Class at 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards

Medalists for the 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards were announced Monday, February 11, at the annual ACSA Distillers’ Convention & Vendor Trade … [Read more]

Now Open: Pantown Brewing Company in St. Cloud

St. Cloud's newest brewery aims to bring the city one step closer to becoming a destination for craft beer. Pantown Brewing Company is named after … [Read more]

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Food

Order Up! Gavin Kaysen’s much-heralded Demi opens Friday night

Updated February 14, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler's ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future … [Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chef’s Special Dry Chili Chicken at Lao Sze Chuan

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Chinese food fans who frequent University of … [Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef Pho at Pho Lodge

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s highly likely that Maplewood’s Pho Lodge … [Read more]

Behold: Land of 10,000 Tacos!

It can be easy to lose sight of the fact that we live in a taco paradise. Legitimate taquerias—shops that make soulful, beautiful, ravishingly … [Read more]

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Arts & Culture

Essay: How I Wound Up with Three Unforgivably Lame Tattoos

“Tattoos are like stories. They’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.” – Pamela Anderson, actress and animal rights activist who … [Read more]

The Replacements vs. Hüsker Dü: Four decades on, which local band looms larger?

Two of the most influential rock bands in Minnesota history just happened to hit the scene at the same time. Hüsker Dü exploded out of the Macalester College campus, while the Replacements crawled up from South Minneapolis. Formed in 1979, both … [Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus

Michael Byzewski isn’t quite sure how he landed on his aesthetic. “Bad luck? Love of cats? Anxiety issues? Probably a combination of all those, along with being attracted to mid-century, simple print ad design,” he says. The Minneapolis-based … [Read more]

Craft Culture: Northeast Tattoo & Fadeaway Laser Removal

Matthew Krofta stands perfectly still, his bare back covered in a smear of purple ink. Jack Gribble, Matthew’s coworker and, today, tattooer, holds up a sheet of stencil paper to Matthew’s back and makes minute adjustments to get everything just so … [Read more]

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