Standing in Solidarity for Lasting Justice: A message from Gray Duck Media on the killing of George Floyd

  As people gather today to mourn the killing of George Floyd and celebrate his life, Gray Duck Media, the parent company of The Growler … [Read more]

Minnesota Breweries and Distilleries Cautious, Optimistic about June 1 Reopening Plans

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz' plans for the phased reopening of bars, restaurants, and places of “public accommodation” announced on May 20 is being … [Read more]

Announcing Four New Projects: An update from Matt Kenevan, owner and founder of The Growler and Gray Duck Media

  To all supporters of The Growler Magazine and Gray Duck Media: Back in March, I announced that our business was going dark for 30 days. … [Read more]

Bill introduced to temporarily expand on-site sales for Minnesota’s craft breweries and microdistilleries

After a major public push last week led by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, a bill has been introduced that would temporarily allow breweries and … [Read more]

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United Front: Inspired by Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19, United Noodles uses assertive tactics

When you're fighting an invisible enemy, it helps to have a battle plan. For owner Eric Fung and the staff at the United Noodles Asian grocery … [Read more]

Review: Yumi’s Big Gamble – The silliness of massive ‘stunt sushi’ is self-evident, but the dish has many layers

Nearly a decade ago, I walked into a suburban restaurant and was greeted by a hostess eager to talk about the mussels special of the day. “The mussels … [Read more]

The Flavor of Facebook: Discovering the wide world of home-cooked food on Facebook Marketplace

  Facebook: It’s our daily dose of anxiety, immediately followed by “the 10 cutest dogs that will just make your day” on a loop. But amid the … [Read more]

Avenue to Success: The founder of Masu and OneTwoThree Sushi went from washing dishes to owning a Midwest sushi empire

Talking to Nay Hla, owner of the ever-growing Sushi Avenue empire, you get the sense he has one constant eye on what’s next. The growth and expansion … [Read more]

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Operation: Take-Out • Weekly Meals Deals with a Mission

Operation: Take-Out is a new partnership between The Growler and Minnesota’s restaurant community. Each week we will feature specially designed take-out dinner packages including a delicious complete meal for two, an ideal beer, wine and/or cider pairing, tasting notes, and more. Best of all, every package sold helps Minnesota’s restaurants and helps keep The Growler Magazine afloat.

This Week's Exclusive Meal Offers

Smoked Pork Rib Feast and sides for Two from Minnesota Barbecue Co.

$44 • Available for pre-order now through June 10

This meal features a whole rack of pork ribs, cooked until the meat is tender and nearly slides off the bone. Plus, a generous portion of fan-favorite bacon mac and cheese, the restaurant’s signature beans, and house-made apple and fennel coleslaw.

Braised Pork Belly Carnitas Super Nachos and Tamales for Two from Travail

$66 • Available for pre-order now through June 10

Travail’s smoked and braised pork belly carnitas meal is a straight-up flavor bomb. The meal also comes with tamales stuffed with poblanos and Oaxacan cheese. The tamales are made with corn brought in from Mexico by Gustavo Romero.

9" frozen Piggy Pie or Vegetarian Supreme Pie, Caesar Salad, and Dessert from Pig Ate My Pizza

$43 • Available for pre-order now through June 10​

Enjoy a 9″ frozen, ready-to-heat Piggy Pie or Vegetarian  Supreme Pie, plus a smoked chicken caesar salad with croutons and parmesan cheese, and two churros with Mexican chocolate for dessert.


Arts & Culture

Culture Club: When in doubt, go British

Welcome to The Growler’s Culture Club, where the editors share the best of what they’ve been listening to, reading, and watching.  James Norton, Food Editor “Giri / Haji” No television show about a bloody international Yakuza war has any right to … [Read more]

Introducing The Growler’s Culture Club

Welcome to The Growler’s Culture Club, where the editors share the best of what they’ve been listening to, reading, and watching.  It seems fitting that we should kick off Culture Club in quarantine, where we’ve been consuming an unprecedented … [Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020

Whether you regard the prospect of long stretches in the car with cautious enthusiasm or deep dread, the road trip has been a near-ubiquitous American experience for right around a century.Here at Growler HQ, we tend toward enthusiasm when it comes … [Read more]

Artist Profile: Sam Soulek found his calling through design

Cover artist Sam Soulek’s interest in graphic design was born on a fateful summer afternoon from an unexpected source: a TV ad for an art school’s video game design program. “I didn’t know design was even a thing,” he says. “But I knew video games … [Read more]

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