Bite of the Week: House Beef Roll at Tea House Chinese

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Dual Citizen Brewing Company for their underwriting support. Getting a good appetizer is half the battle of any meal, but if you can get a great appetizer—a craveable, inhalable, delectable appetizer—you can almost quit right … [ Read more]

Hunyuck Brew Co. to Hit the Beer Market This August

Hunyuck. A term of endearment from Dave Gronert’s “tough, old Norwegian” grandmother, and the basis for the name of a new beer brand hitting the market this August: Hunyuck Brew Co. “Hunyuck was a term that my grandma used to describe backwoods folks in northern Minnesota that are basically real renaissance men,” says Gronert, co-founder … [ Read more]

Evil Twin/Westbrook Nomader Weisse

Evil Twin/Westbrook Brewing Company Nomader Weisse 5% ABV Drinking a good Berliner weisse can definitely invite overindulgence. The tart finish on each sip leaves you wanting more, and it’s hard to get satisfaction until you’ve worked yourself into a frenzy and finished the glass. Good thing this stuff is only 5% ABV. It’s a wheat … [ Read more]

Fair State IPA

Fair State Brewing Cooperative IPA 6.4% ABV, 64 IBU Way to go, Fair State. Not only do you have an awesome co-op business model, but you also brew one of the tastiest IPAs in town. It’s a bold move to make an IPA this dry, but when you’re dealing with such a killer hop profile, … [ Read more]

De Proef Reinaert Wild Ale

De Proef Brouwerij Reinaert Wild Ale 9.0% ABV Do you remember when you were a kid and you would visit the petting zoo? Remember how after you left, for the rest of the day, you could smell the funky barnyard smell on your hand? And remember how you would keep smelling your hand every once … [ Read more]

New Belgium Slow Ride IPA

New Belgium Brewing Company Slow Ride IPA 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU Summer in Minnesota means beaches, bikes, beers, and backyard hangouts. There’s no better beverage option on an adventurous day than a can of bright, delicious, low-ABV session IPA, and New Belgium’s Slow Ride delivers. Savor the generous aromas of fresh grass, grapefruit, and lemon … [ Read more]

Great Divide Colette

Great Divide Brewing Company Colette 7.3% ABV Coming from several generations of farmers, I feel an affinity for saisons, which were the dry, thirst-quenching beers of choice on Belgian farms in the 19th century. Colette is a great example of the style: it has a hazy golden color; aromatic hints of green banana, spice, and … [ Read more]

Square Mile Cider Spur & Vine

Square Mile Cider Spur & Vine 6.7% ABV Spur & Vine puts an aggressively different skew on the traditional hard cider, packing a haymaker of hops. It has a rich, golden hue with subtle effervescence. On the first sip, it’s almost as if the potent flavor is jumping right out of the glass. With a … [ Read more]

Four Daughters Loon Juice

Four Daughters Winery Loon Juice 6% ABV This local cider is currently only available in five-liter kegs as well as bombers, but will soon be available in six-pack cans just in time for warm weather. An impressive amount of carbonation and a bright-yellow body sends a clear message: “Drink me…now!” The dry apple scent combines … [ Read more]

Ballast Point Victory at Sea

Ballast Point Brewing Company Victory at Sea 10% ABV, 60 IBU This imperial porter is a majestic beast that would make even the mighty Captain Ahab shake in his boots. A dark, foreboding body and a head that’s as unnerving as a thunderstorm might intimidate the drinker, but there’s no need to worry: the beer’s … [ Read more]

Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA

Oskar Blues Brewery Pinner Throwback IPA 4.9% ABV, 35 IBU Pinner is a great choice for anyone looking for big flavor and low ABV in a beer. A brilliant golden body and beautifully delicate head is a sight for sore eyes. The nose is big and dank, bursting with citrus and pineapple notes. A bold, … [ Read more]

Victory Kirsch Gose

Victory Brewing Company Kirsch Gose 4.8% ABV Sours are making a big splash in the craft-beer scene right now, and finding one that comes in a four pack proves to be difficult. Luckily, Victory has done sour fans a solid with their bright and refreshing cherry gose, available in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. This beer’s … [ Read more]

Founders Rübæus

Founders Brewing Company Founders Rübæus 5.7% ABV, 15 IBU If ever there was a beer that tasted like happiness and frolicking through the morning sunshine it would be Founders Rübæus. This beautiful fruit beer, made with fresh, juicy raspberries, is the kind of treat that can only mean that spring has arrived. With its low … [ Read more]

Tin Whiskers Wheatstone Bridge

Tin Whiskers Brewing Company Wheatstone Bridge 5.4% ABV There are plenty of bland, easy-drinking wheat beers in the craft-beer market. Tin Whiskers shows they’re too cool for that with their Wheatstone Bridge. It’s tart, sweet, and stays refreshing even with creative additions of chamomile and honey. It’s the beer that Tin Whiskers fans have been … [ Read more]

Stieglbraueri Grapefruit Radler

Stieglbraueri Stiegl Grapefruit Radler 2.5% ABV This beer is the epitome of summer in a can: crisp, light, and refreshing. It’s the perfect beer for those long summer days on the lake, afternoons spent grilling, or nights around the bonfire. The 40/60 blend of Stiegl’s Goldbrau Lager and grapefruit juice gives this beer the perfect … [ Read more]