Drink

The Mash-Up: Happy accidents and a rare Eisbock poking to keep January interesting

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]

Brew Local, Export Global: U.S. microbreweries test the waters in international markets

International exports might seem at odds with American craft brewing. We think of U.S. craft brewers as focused on breaking into neighboring states, … [Read more]

The Mash-Up: A glut of new beers from Winterfest, Finnegans Dark Week, and St. Paul Winter Carnival

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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Thunder Brothers Brewery in Isanti

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

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Food

Review: Fresh Meat – Despite a familiar format, Baldamar is sizzling with new life

Baldamar is a steakhouse at a mall. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of this review. Despite its aggressive … [Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Biscuit at Betty and Earl’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There’s a lot to unpack with the new Potluck … [Read more]

Wild flavors and a steady culinary hand make Bebe Zito’s ice cream offerings precious

Ultra-premium. Ultra-exotic. Ultra-delicious. Those three little phrases sum up Bebe Zito Ice Cream. Ice cream chef Ben Spangler and fiancée / … [Read more]

Order Up! Blackbird Cafe’s 13-year odyssey comes to an end

Updated January 16, 2020 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

PHOTOS: Devon Monroe and Jake Atlas at Wrestlepalooza XVII at First Avenue

Wrestlers Jake Atlas and Devon Monroe are just two of the many up-and-coming performers blazing a trail and changing the stigma of LGBTQ wrestlers in the evolving landscape of professional wrestling. You can read their inspiring stories in Patrick … [Read more]

Face Time: LGBTQ pro wrestlers are shaking off old stigmas and changing the game

On a Saturday night at a F1RST Wrestling show at the Uptown VFW, 20-year-old Devon Monroe is going toe-to-toe with arguably the biggest name in independent professional wrestling: Joey Ryan. Monroe, who is openly, proudly gay, is sporting flashy … [Read more]

Fueling Progress: On a crowded highway of convenience stores, 36Lyn is an oasis of quality

Inside a shop at 36th and Lyndale, there’s a full-sized rack of CBD products by the register. To your right, three airpots of Peace Coffee changed out every hour-and-a-half for maximum freshness. A fridge case offers grab-and-go wraps from Afro Deli, … [Read more]

Artist Profile: To see into the future, Patricio DeLara looks to the past

Patricio DeLara has no interest in committing to any one medium. He much prefers to focus on the idea he’s trying to portray and then find the style best suited to represent it. This fluid creative process has opened doors to a wide array of media, … [Read more]

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