Beer

From a Fire to Portage Brewing Company 2.0: A letter from co-founder Jeff Vondenkamp

I’ll never forget the morning of January 6th, 2019, when we awoke to news that our brewery was destroyed. Through a barrage of missed calls and texts, … [Read More...]

The Mash-Up: Black IPAs, dark lagers, and boozy barrel-aged stouts

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: Outstate Brewing Company in Fergus Falls

There was a time when the term “outstate” carried an offensive connotation around Fergus Falls, Minnesota, with some residents even campaigning to get … [Read More...]

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Spirits

Loon Liquor’s Experimental Series puts Frankincense and Myrrh in the Christmas Spirit

Loon Liquor Co. of Northfield has spent considerable effort over the last few years perfecting a lineup of liqueurs. Their coffee liqueur is well … [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 … [Read More...]

2019 Year in Review: Wine & Spirits

Ready, Set, Drink! Local distilleries mounted a full-scale invasion of the ready-to-drink (RTD) category in 2019. Canned and bottled cocktails are up … [Read More...]

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Cider & Wine

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...]

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...]

The Vine Room is a Taste of California (And Beyond) in Hopkins

There’s never been a Twin Cities wine bar quite like The Vine Room in Hopkins. The motley assortment of such establishments in these parts are uniformly designed to be comfy-cozy, with warm wood tones and what those of a certain age call “flattering … [Read More...]

Autolysis: When Yeast Die for the Wine Drinker’s Pleasure

Alcohol has been celebrated with awe for millennia. This mysterious transfiguration of sugar has inspired lore and legend, even religion, until the 19th century when Louis Pasteur proved that yeast is the mechanism at play. We now understand, in … [Read More...]

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