Drink

FINNEGANS nearing $2 million donation milestone, but brewery finances are at a critical point

Since its inception in 2000, FINNEGANS’ mission statement has been to raise awareness of and combat food insecurity in communities across the Midwest. … [Read more]

ONE Fermentary & Taproom Closes Indefinitely

ONE Fermentary & Taproom closed indefinitely Monday following the resignations of its head brewer Ramsey Louder, BIPOC staff, co-founder Joseph … [Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Elm Creek Brewing Co. in Champlin

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, … [Read more]

The State of Spirits: Minnesota’s distillers reflect on a challenging year and uncertain future

Like all small businesses, Minnesota’s local distilleries have been challenged on multiple fronts in the wake of COVID-19. Stay-at-home orders … [Read more]

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Food

Order Up! With In Bloom at Keg and Case closing, fine dining takes another hit

Updated July 9, 2020 Order Up! is the Growler's ongoing weekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. … [Read more]

Bite of the Week: Fried Chicken Sammich at Nashville Coop

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.  We’d like to thank Hop & Barrel Brewing for … [Read more]

Lean Times: Pandemic stories from Minnesota restaurants that survived the crisis—or didn’t

The hospitality industry exists somewhere at the intersection between magic and mathematics. On the “magic” side of things: the cheerful ambiance of a … [Read more]

Catering the Perfect Picnic: Recipes for 3 workhorse classics reimagined

Once upon a time, Americans picnicked in cemeteries. And while the practice of graveside picnicking largely died out about a century ago, picnics seem … [Read more]

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Arts & Culture

The Growler’s 2020 Outdoor Guide: Biking Edition

Photo by Dan Murphy There is something about the joy of pedaling a bike—legs pumping, wind in your face—that verges on transcendent. Even now, in the midst of incredible upheaval and uncertainty. In a strange and roundabout way, … [Read more]

A Photo Essay By Sahra Qaxiye

Zora Neale Hurston said, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” 2020 has been a year of both. George Floyd’s murder, asked and answered, so many hard questions about racial inequality and police brutality in this country. On the … [Read more]

Community Voices: Reflections and Commentary After George Floyd

Local food and drink industry members of color share their experiences, reflections, and commentaries on what still needs to happen in the wake of George Floyd's murder.  Jametta Raspberry Owner and chef at House of Gristle The morning of the … [Read more]

Artist Profile: Illustrating a moment in history with Andres Guzman

What began with yet another horrifying act of police violence against an unarmed black man has grown into an international social revolution. And with that came an explosion of public art.  Starting at the corner of 38th and Chicago in South … [Read more]

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