Drink

7 Minnesota breweries take gold, silver, and bronze at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Over 7,000 beers from around the world were judged in over 130 style categories for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship, and seven Minnesota … [Read more]

The Mash-Up: Gose, Keller Pilsners, and POG juice beers for your weekend enjoyment

With over 175 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]

Ask a Beer Judge: Kristen England of the BJCP shares his tips for Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

Known from the blogs to the beirgartens as one of Minnesota's most colorful, knowledgable, and outspoken brewers, Dr. Kristen England seemed like the … [Read more]

Science of Coffee: The changing chemistry of coffee beans from farm to cup

This feature was underwritten by Peace Coffee. The Growler maintained full editorial control of the content. In modern America, nothing appears … [Read more]

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Food

Bite of the Week: Spam Musubi at United Noodles

Some of our favorite foods are syncretic—think chicken tikka masala, the Door County fish boil, tacos al pastor, or even banh mi pizza. By slamming … [Read more]

Bite of the Week: Regular Tibs at Meseret Ethiopian Restaurant

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Worth the wait” is a phrase of supreme … [Read more]

Holding Court: For 30 years, the family-run Keefer Court has defined Chinese baking in Minnesota

Michelle Kwan can’t leave the kitchen. She’s nearly perfected a green tea cake. With a couple of tweaks, she can claim victory and move on to new … [Read more]

Boiling Point: The fiery Door County fish boil tradition has deep and native roots

It’s early June, and rain is falling near the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula. Despite the wet weather and a persistent wind, more than two … [Read more]

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Arts & Culture

Curtain Call: Tipping the cap to Minnesota’s first Baseball Hall of Famer, Charles Albert Bender

The thing about Major League Baseball history is that there’s *a lot* of it. With much of it taking place in the part of the past that gets called “yore” and all the players and observers being completely dead for a while now, certain “firsts” are up … [Read more]

Chips On Their Shoulders, Parks In Their Hearts

The cast of characters who created Minneapolis’ parks could be their own mutton-chopped version of “Parks and Recreation” There’s a lot of green in Minneapolis—6,800 acres of parks, to be exact. Fifteen percent of the city is parkland and 96 … [Read more]

Craft Culture: Heritage Wooden Looms and Toys at BEKA, Inc.

If you live long enough, you’ll see that what goes around comes around,” says Jamie Kreisman, co-founder and president of BEKA Wood Products on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. On a recently gentrified street lined with residential homes and storefronts, … [Read more]

Ghosts of Maurer’s Saloon: The surprising history of Cuzzy’s in Minneapolis

The women in the Maurer family did not choose to become saloon keepers. It was forced upon them when their husbands committed suicide or were sent to prison. Elizabeth Maurer’s husband, Louis, was a German immigrant like her. In 1909, his saloon … [Read more]

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A BLIND TASTING BEER FESTIVAL

Taste & Rate
48 Hazy IPAs

July 18, 2019 | 5:30–9:00pm
Upper Landing Park, St. Paul