Soldier’s 2,600-year-old request for wine revealed on pottery shard






New scans of a millennia-old shard of pottery revealed the details of an ancient booze run. Originally unearthed in 1965, the ostracon—a pottery fragment with an inscription—was found in poor condition in 1965 at the desert military fortress of Tel Arad. Dating back to 600 B.C., or the eve of the kingdom of Judah’s destruction … [ Read more]

Apple blossoms mean Minnesota’s cider season is here






Apple orchards are beginning to bloom and that can only mean one thing: cider season is here. Starting Friday, May 5, Number 12 Cider House’s taproom, located at Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo, will be open for business on the weekends. Started by four couples, one of which owns Deer Lake Orchard, Number 12 is the maker … [ Read more]

How to drink in the woods: Pro tips to elevate your beverage experience in the backcountry






We’re approaching that glorious time of year when we shed what’s left of our winter layers and head north in search of fresh air and open spaces. What’s an adventure trip without some delicious drinks to enjoy after those long, summer days? We talked to some Duluth-based experts who shared their recommendations on the best … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: May 2017






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. Rollingstoner – John Garland, Senior Editor I love the beer Joe Pond is making in Rollingstone. He uses old-school techniques that make … [ Read more]

Minnesota Cider Guild incorporates, Cider Week planned for June 5–10






Local hard cider producers from around the state officially established the Minnesota Cider Guild on April 3rd. “The Minnesota cider industry is very young, with the majority of cider makers launching their businesses within the last four years,” says guild president Gretchen Perbix of Sweetland Orchard. “We have tremendous support among our local consumer audiences, … [ Read more]

It’s spring, and that means Rosé season






Our Senior Editor, John Garland, appeared on Appetites with Tom Crann on MPR today, heralding the return of pink wine. Yes, as winter looses its grip and color returns to the trees, that means rosés of all kinds will be appearing on happy hour menus and wine store display tables across the Metro. How can you … [ Read more]

Lawsuit challenges locally grown mandate in Minnesota wine






The Institute for Justice, joined by Alexis Bailly Vineyards of Hastings, and Next Chapter Winery of New Prague, announced yesterday a lawsuit that will challenge the language of Minnesota’s statutes for farm winery licenses. Currently, the statute mandates that Minnesota wineries must use a majority of Minnesota-grown grapes in their yearly winemaking output. The lawsuit … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: April 2017






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Milk & Honey Ciders, Heirloom: 2015 Harvest, Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor Milk & Honey Ciders delivers layers of robust flavor in their Heirloom: 2015 Harvest. The … [ Read more]

Solo Vino Rose Tent Tasting ’17: Tickets On Sale






It’s a sure harbinger of spring, and it’s bigger than ever before. Tickets are on sale now for the 9th annual Solo Vino Rosé Tent Tasting, Sunday May 21, from 2-5pm. What’s new this year: the LOCATION! This event is so popular, it’s overgrown its humble beginnings in Solo’s parking lot. The Lower Westend parking lot of St. … [ Read more]

TBF’s Erin Rolek named to F&W 2017 Sommeliers of the Year






The Bachelor Farmer’s Erin Rolek was named by Food & Wine Magazine as one of eight 2017 Sommeliers of the Year. “Rolek hunts for new discoveries in a city that’s just beginning to have a thrilling wine scene,” writes F&W. “Her 100-plus-bottle list hews to cool-climate wines that fit 
chef Paul Berglund’s cool-region cooking—it’s local … [ Read more]

Lessons for the 20-something wine drinker






The tension was palpable. Everyone was looking at me (everyone being my father and our waiter) and anticipating my next move. After a couple seconds of uncomfortable silence ticked by, it was too obvious. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I always laughed at my father when a splash of wine … [ Read more]

3 holiday cocktail recipes with Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse






It’s not exactly a winter wonderland out there yet. These slushy streets, all this gray and gloom. If it’s keeping you from getting in the holiday spirit, here’s an idea: let’s get some holiday spirits in you. Ryan Martinez-Garcia is our man for seasonal cocktails this yuletide. He’s been playing the shakers at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse, where they serve the … [ Read more]

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Trailblazers 2016






What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Mike and Gretchen Perbix of Sweetland Orchard






Minnesota’s cider scene is flourishing. In 2015, cidermakers made 100,000 gallons of cider from 33,333 bushels of Minnesota-grown apples. By 2019, they are projected to make upwards of 400,000 gallons of cider, which would require an additional 100,000 bushels of apples. Though the demand for cider apple varieties is rising, Minnesota apple growers are reluctant … [ Read more]

2016 Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners






Drumroll, please, for it’s time to announce the results of The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. These are the restaurants driving a delectable food revolution throughout the state. The beers we happily raise our glasses for. The parks we escape to and explore. The music innovators and venues that make us dance, and the well-crafted … [ Read more]

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