Beer

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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Spirits

Change Agents: A series of fermentation projects at Colita is making old cocktails taste fresh and new

We squeeze past the crush of people in the entryway and snag two seats at the end of the bar at Colita. This is how we usually eat there—take a drive … [Read More...]

Pink Drink Pandemonium: The rise of rose-colored gin, plus cocktail recipe

A pink wave is washing over the Western world and there’s no shortage of strong opinions on the matter. The European and Australian continents are … [Read More...]

Congress passes bill averting end-of-year tax hikes for U.S. distillers, brewers, and winemakers

An end-of-year tax crisis for America's brewers, distillers, and winemakers has been averted after Congress passed a bill on December 19 that included … [Read More...]

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Cider & Wine

So you want to open a winery? A guide to starting up in Minnesota

So you’ve decided to make the leap from amateur to professional winemaker. Your fondness has grown so great for the prominent stone fruit flavors of La Crescent or the well-balanced Itasca, that you’ve been coaxed into putting your name onto a bottle … [Read More...]

AxeBridge Wine Company opening in Minneapolis’ North Loop next spring

Ashley and Aaron Schram of Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery build their vision for a new urban winery It’s been a busy year for Ashley and Aaron Schram, the owners of Schram Vineyards in Waconia, Minnesota’s first combination winery and … [Read More...]

2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Who better than the readers of The Growler to nominate and vote for the finest of the finest in Minnesota beer, spirits, food, arts, and culture? We had a tidal wave of votes to determine the winners of the 2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice … [Read More...]

3 Minnesota Cideries take home awards from U.S. Cider Open

Three Minnesota cideries took home awards from the sixth annual U.S. Open Cider Championships, with the final round of judging held in Buffalo, New York. Duluth’s newest craft cideries shined. In the Perry & Pear Cider category, Wild State … [Read More...]

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