Drink

So you want to open a winery? A guide to starting up in Minnesota

So you’ve decided to make the leap from amateur to professional winemaker. Your fondness has grown so great for the prominent stone fruit flavors of … [Read more]

The Mash-Up: ‘Tis the season for holiday spice, hot cocoa, and giving back

With over 185 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]

Strong tea and sweet honey are the recipe for the perfect non-alcoholic cocktail

It’s all about layers,” Erik Eastman tells me. “It should taste complex without being complicated.” Director of sales for Minnesota Ice and … [Read more]

From a Fire to Portage Brewing Company 2.0: A letter from co-founder Jeff Vondenkamp

I’ll never forget the morning of January 6th, 2019, when we awoke to news that our brewery was destroyed. Through a barrage of missed calls and texts, … [Read more]

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Food

Bite of the Week: Chicken Fried Rice at Cheng’s Garden

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If all you’re looking for is good, … [Read more]

Minnesota Taco Atlas Update: Prieto’s tempura, El Kevin’s tripas, and the existential quandary of the Lone Spur Grill

We’ve added 12 new entries to our Minnesota Taco Atlas—bringing the grand total in this compendium of carnitas and barbacoa to 82 spots around the … [Read more]

Marc Heu’s Vanilla Saint Honoré recipe is the ultimate gauntlet for intrepid bakers

This recipe for Marc Heu's elaborate, showstopping Vanilla Saint Honoré centerpiece is a masterclass in baking, assembly, and piping that's … [Read more]

Order Up! Birchwood Cafe and the Minnesota Farmers Union look to build on their State Fair success in the Spoonriver space

Updated December 5, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler's ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future … [Read more]

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Arts & Culture

From Zero to 629.4: Surviving the North Star Bicycle Race — Part 3

I thought I knew what pain was. I was wrong. Just outside of Two Harbors, I was facing wind gusts of 20–35 mph as I moved one painstaking mile marker at a time. Everything I owned was wet, and my ass felt like ground beef. I had cried in a Kwik … [Read more]

Turn It Up: 10 local albums from 2019 that are must-adds to your queue

As always, this year saw a lot of remarkable music come out of Minnesota, and you probably didn’t catch all of it. We’ve rounded up 10 local albums released in 2019 that you should definitely queue up. Charlie Parr “Charlie Parr” The album art for … [Read more]

Artist Profile: Carving out space with designer Leslie Olson

Leslie Olson likes her space. In her art, she visualizes pictures and carves them out of negative space. In her free time, she rock climbs and boulders, literally hanging off into empty space. But, in every aspect of her life, her style is her … [Read more]

2019 Year in Review: Minnesota’s Arts and Culture Scene

  As we flip back in our mental Rolodex to remember the standout cultural and artistic happenings of 2019, we can generally sort the year’s events into three piles: good, bad, and...complicated. With a quick glance at the year’s headlines, … [Read more]

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