Beer

The Power of Kveik Compels You: win Cities breweries have deployed a Norwegian super-yeast in several new releases

John Garland, Deputy Editor: I’ll admit, even though we’ve already run a story on this yeast, I’m not 100% sold on why it’s so special. Brian, give me … [Read More...]

The Belgian Waffle: From hallowed import to sidelined style to mega-brewery powerhouse—It’s been a wild ride for Belgian beer in the American 21st century

In the barrel room at Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium, these words are painted on a barrel head that’s been tacked to a column: “Le temps ne … [Read More...]

History Glass: Yoerg Brewing Co. is on a mission to bring the wealth of Old World beer to Minnesota through an impressive import tap list

American craft beer wasn’t built on neighborhood taprooms and locally distributed six-packs. At least, not originally. For many of the early brewers … [Read More...]

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Spirits

The Zizani: A New Cocktail from the Old Country

I’m a Greek-Mexican-United Statesian bartender and I call Minnesota home. An endeavor to discover more of my cultural history has inspired deep-dives … [Read More...]

The Good, The Bad, and the Smooth: Blind tasting 21 local vodkas in search of the finest

In theory, vodka is an odorless, flavorless spirit. In practice, it is anything but. According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau … [Read More...]

State senate bill introduced to expand bottle sales and production limits for Minnesota microdistilleries

Minnesota's small distilleries are lobbying to remove the need for those tiny bottles in their cocktail rooms. A bill numbered S.F. 3870 was … [Read More...]

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Cider & Wine

Georgia On My Wine

A number of countries claim to be the birthplace to winemaking—Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, etc. However, perhaps one of the richest, oldest, and most relevant histories of modern winemaking comes from the Republic of Georgia. Georgian wine has … [Read More...]

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...]

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