Drink

The Most Important Beers in Wisconsin Brewing History: A 12-Pack of Leaders & Legends

Few places on earth are more synonymous with beer than Wisconsin. Names like Pabst, Schlitz, and Miller spread the fame of the state worldwide while … [Read more]

The (Un)true Story of the Bloody Mary

TThe following is a narrative interpretation of the real-life claims to the rise (or) the invention (or) the discovery of the Bloody Mary. As is often … [Read more]

Wine Time: Heroes Get Remembered, But Legends Never Die

There are some wines that are famous even to the driest of teetotalers. These wines are spoken about with reverence, passed between wealthy hands at … [Read more]

The Mash-Up: This week’s lineup shows that IPA is still king

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]

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Food

Meat Master: With hundreds of awards (and kudos from Germany), Rick Reams is crafting world-class food in Hudson, Wisconsin, and St. Paul

You often can’t see the world-class food in your own backyard because it’s ubiquitous to the point of being invisible. Think of noodles in Japan, or … [Read more]

In the Loop: The new North Loop Galley is at the forefront of bleeding-edge dining trends—and that’s a good thing

When I first learned of the concept behind the newly opened North Loop Galley food court, I took it for granted that soul and authenticity—however … [Read more]

The sweet and humble team behind Pie & Mighty dish the secret of their delectable crust

For a state whose very culinary DNA is studded with majestically delicious pies (witness the State Fair pie competition, for example, or try one … [Read more]

Bite of the Week: Gogi Pork Fries at Umami Fries

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you’re going to build your business around … [Read more]

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Arts & Culture

Crist Ballas, The Mad Scientist of St. Paul

By the stairs leading down to Crist Ballas’ lower level hangs an old, beaten to hell movie poster for “Frankenstein.” Crist’s boots thud down the stairs before me, with soles so thick he could stomp a truck tire flat. His boots are the only … [Read more]

Mythical Stories for the Modern Age: A collection of short fiction

Legends never die—they just take on new meaning in changing times. What follows are excerpts from three original short stories by Minnesota writers who draw their inspiration in equal parts from the distant past and the present day—be sure to click … [Read more]

38 Days of Mays: On his last stop before the big leagues, the Say Hey Kid spent five legendary weeks as a Minneapolis Miller

Taft ‘Taffy’ Wright ripped a line drive into deep right-center field at Nicollet Park in Minneapolis on a brisk May afternoon in 1951. It was a typical blast from the Louisville Colonels’ hard-hitting slugger. A towering shot with extra-bases written … [Read more]

“The Lake Monster” – A Short Story

There was a recent sighting of the Lake Monster so Christina and I drove to Pepin and rented a boat to see if we could find it.  “Log, log, another log,” Christina says, her eyes up to his binoculars, scanning the water. “So many stupid goddamn … [Read more]

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