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 weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ Read more]

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 known to The Growler staff as what re-endeared us to White Russians. Their blueberry liqueur has the purest, most clarion fruit flavor of any berry spirit we’ve tasted. And their elderflower liqueur … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Egg Sandwich at Sando at Lawless Distilling Company

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We are big believers in sandwiches—they’re affordable, portable, and when prepared correctly, capable of delivering all the thrills of an upscale entree with none of the pretense. So when we heard that Louie Lafleur (of Bittercube) and Jeff … [ 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 people to stop using the term. So when co-founders Dan Mohagen and Patrick Lundberg decided to name their brewery Outstate Brewing Company, it created some buzz around town. “When we explain [the … [ 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 brewery. The Schrams launched their modern German-inspired beer hall and brewery Schram Haus this spring, … [ Read more]

From Zero to 629.4: Surviving the North Star Bicycle Race — Part 3

I thought I knew what pain was. I was wrong. Just outside of Two Harbors, I was facing wind gusts of 20–35 mph as I moved one painstaking mile marker at a time. Everything I owned was wet, and my ass felt like ground beef. I had cried in a Kwik Trip that morning, almost … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Biscuits and Gravy at Cobblestone Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. What makes a good order of biscuits and gravy? Travel to White Bear Lake and dine at the Cobblestone Cafe, and you’ll find one satisfying answer to that question. The Cobblestone Cafe is about as casual as it … [ Read more]

Turn It Up: 10 local albums from 2019 that are must-adds to your queue

As always, this year saw a lot of remarkable music come out of Minnesota, and you probably didn’t catch all of it. We’ve rounded up 10 local albums released in 2019 that you should definitely queue up. Charlie Parr “Charlie Parr” The album art for Charlie Parr’s self-titled record is a precise visual portrayal of the … [ Read more]

2019 Year in Review: Food

Country flavors, quality ‘Q, and numerous reboots define a busy culinary year in Minnesota Some years it can be hard to make much sense of the “food story” in any given place. Restaurants open and close, people come and go, and patterns seem faint or downright illusory. 2019 was not one of those years. 2019 … [ 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 Awards, and we’re proud to share the results with you. These are … [ Read more]

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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 40% nationwide over 2018, riding the same wave as hard seltzers and canned wine in which drinkers are gravitating towards new flavors in convenient packaging. Vikre Distillery of Duluth launched Frenchie, a pink … [ Read more]

2019 Year in Review: Beer, Cider, and…Seltzer

  From 30,000 feet up, American craft beer looks to be settling into a new, stable normalcy. After years of double-digit production volume growth, craft beer grew at just 4% in 2018 and according to the mid-year report by the Brewers Association, 2019 is projected to stay steady at that mark. But look closer and … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: December 2019

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Artist Profile: Carving out space with designer Leslie Olson

Leslie Olson likes her space. In her art, she visualizes pictures and carves them out of negative space. In her free time, she rock climbs and boulders, literally hanging off into empty space. But, in every aspect of her life, her style is her own.  “People tell me I have a very linear approach to … [ Read more]

2019 Year in Review: Minnesota’s Arts and Culture Scene

  As we flip back in our mental Rolodex to remember the standout cultural and artistic happenings of 2019, we can generally sort the year’s events into three piles: good, bad, and…complicated. With a quick glance at the year’s headlines, things might appear grim: world leaders are running amok, and irreversible climate change is becoming … [ Read more]