The Mash-Up: From pumpkin to peanut butter, autumn is on tap

With over 150 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 weekly email. … [ Read more]

Bold sound and set design elevates the Guthrie’s ‘Frankenstein’ to new heights

The creak of shifting ice and horror-film undertones are the first sounds welcoming audience members into the Wurtle Thrust stage at Guthrie Theater. A gleaming black, sloping mound dominates the set; a black disk of a sun glows ominously in the upper-left corner of the stage. The sounds, composed and designed by Cliff Caruthers, and … [ Read more]

Wine and Oxygen: A (Complicated) Love Story

Remember that time you were so excited to pop the cork on your favorite fruit-driven red from the local shop (your picnic wine!) only to find that its once-vibrant ruby color had been swapped for a subtle, orangish hue and the pleasant aromas of fresh tart cherries and strawberries now somehow smelled like the trail … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Teasers at Tongue in Cheek

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. This week’s Bite of the Week is five for the price of one. If you go to St. Paul’s Tongue in Cheek restaurant, you can order a collection of five amuse-bouches for … [ Read more]

The Home of Hygge: Talking with Trine Hahnemann, author of Copenhagen Food

Chef and author Trine Hahnemann has become one of Scandinavia’s leading culinary ambassadors at a time when the region’s profile is on the rise. The seasonality and hyper-locality of Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant has changed the way chefs think about food from Tokyo to New York. And the concept of Scandinavian hospitality and comfort known as … [ Read more]

Gavin Kaysen will get local with a new restaurant, Demi

Chef-owner Gavin Kaysen is among the few who set the bar for fine dining in Minnesota. He opened the massively ambitious Spoon and Stable in 2014 and was swamped with buckets of accolades; Bellecour, which followed in 2017, has similarly garnered good reviews and upped the game for dining in the western suburbs. Both spots … [ Read more]

25 Years in Beer: A Q&A with New Glarus Brewing Company President Deb Carey

W hen Deb Carey told her husband Dan that she wanted to start a brewery and wanted to hire him as the brewer, he brushed off the idea as little more than a pipe dream. While Dan, a Diploma Master Brewer who was working as a brewing supervisor for Anheuser-Busch in Colorado, liked the idea … [ Read more]

Har Mar Superstar is opening a bar in Moorhead with fellow musicians

Plenty of people dream of opening a bar with their closest friends. Even more people dream of being successful full-time musicians. Few people actually make either dream become reality. Even fewer do both. Welcome to the story of Eric Odness (bassist for Primitive Weapons), Rob Pope (bassist for Spoon), and Frank Bevan (former frontman for … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s little comedy festival-that-could is all grown up

Back in 2011, Minneapolis comedy vets Bob Edwards and Andy Erikson decided to showcase the thriving Minneapolis comedy scene with a small but mighty festival with about 15 comedians in the basement of the Corner Bar. Seven years later, The 10,000 Laughs Festival has grown into a four-day festival with nearly 60 performers, including some … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): La Doña Cervecería

Minnesota craft beer with a Latin influence.” This is the main point that Sergio Manancero arrives at as we discuss the genesis of La Doña Cervecería, the latest taproom to open its doors in Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood. The fusion of Manancero’s heritage and Minnesota’s craft beer scene extends beyond the beer filling the glasses at … [ Read more]

Review: Hyacinth’s Debut is Crisp, Collected, and Charming

Hyacinth has got the glow. It’s one of those restaurant things that just happens once in a while: think of Martina, or Hai Hai, or Saint Dinette. The vibes are good, the rumors are all cheerful, and once the doors are open, all the buzz is positive. And then you go, and: yep, the hype … [ Read more]

‘Chef Incubator’ food trailer coming to Sociable Cider Werks

One of the trickiest angles in the world of taprooms and cocktail rooms is the integration of food. The right eats can entice guests to come back for a second, or third, or fourth beverage as a quick nip unfolds into a pleasant meal. The contrary is also true: Working with food trucks that serve … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Banh Mi Pizza at Red Wagon Pizza Co.

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. It’s a pretty familiar trick: You name a thing—a burger, a pizza, a sandwich—after a totally unrelated thing as an excuse to steal some of its flavors. When you order a … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Copper Crow Distillery in Bayfield, Wisc.

Lake Superior’s South Shore is one of the world’s most legitimately spellbinding places. Add the character of a mighty, ever-changing body of fresh water to a series of tightly knit, remarkably welcoming little communities, and you’ve got a spot that invites visitors to return again and again. For Copper Crow Distillery owners Curt and Linda … [ Read more]

Bayfield or Bust: Our 10-Stop Dining Roadtrip to Wisconsin’s South Shore

If you’re one of the thousands of people heading north and east to Wisconsin’s famous Bayfield Apple Festival this weekend, wear some stretchy pants—the crescent-shaped land of Chequamegon Bay has a lot more than fruit to offer its visitors. The South Shore community is relatively small—about 30,000 people living in the coastal counties of Ashland and … [ Read more]