Red Wine 101: The 9 grapes you need to know

In the late 1970s, a historic pinot noir winery in Oregon had to make cabernet sauvignon from purchased grapes just to pay the bills because, at the time, no one was buying Oregon pinot. They hated doing it because it felt like selling out. But having had the opportunity to taste one of those cabs … [ Read more]

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White Wine 101: It’s all in the grapes

“I don’t like Chardonnay. They’re too oaky.” “Cabs are too dry.” “Merlots are…eww, merlot.” Everyone has an opinion on the wine they like and usually an even stronger opinion of the wines they don’t. That’s good. That’s great, in fact. But bear something in mind next time you hate on a particular grape: Don’t blame … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 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. HammerHeart Brewing Von Winterherz Verhasst – Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor Ever wonder what a smoked banana would taste like? While the Lino Lakes brewery is known for … [ Read more]

Natural Whine: Gaining a fresh perspective on “no-manipulation” vino

I hate #naturalwine. Okay, not quite, but parts of it, anyway. It’s a trend (both hashtag and wine) that has exploded in the last few years as consumers, led by millennials, become more concerned about what’s in their glass. They want “authenticity,” whatever that means, and they’re willing to pay for it. But like any … [ Read more]

Milk & Honey Ciders to open new cidery and taproom

Milk & Honey Ciders’ Aaron Klocker, Adam Theis, and Peter Gillitzer are pressing forward to achieve a longtime dream they’ve had since they started planning their cidery back in 2011—a taproom. Come August 25, it will finally come to fruition. Due to the difficult landscape of the cidery’s original location in Cold Spring, Minnesota, the … [ Read more]

Lionheart becomes Minneapolis Cider Company, building cidery and taproom

Lionheart Cider Company announced today that it’s rebranding to become Minneapolis Cider Company, and developing plans to open a taproom and production facility in Northeast Minneapolis. For co-founder Jason Dayton, it’s a not so much a shift away from the original brand, but rather a move back towards their original goal: to open a cider … [ Read more]

How to explore the world of wine without going broke

  For a long while, being educated about wine made you fancy or, so it seemed, automatically a snob. Knowing about liquor meant you were a drunk. Knowing about sake made you exotic but somehow not in a good way. Knowing about beer, though, went from being blue-collar to kinda cool to being practically mandatory … [ Read more]

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]