Opinion: Outdoors enthusiasts must fight to save conservation funding






Taylor Ridderbusch is the Great Lakes organizer for Trout Unlimited, which has 160,000 national members, including 36,000 in states bordering the Great Lakes. Ridderbusch is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. As anglers, and as sportsmen and women, there is always a mood of excitement that … [ Read more]




Sunday sales in Minnesota? The arguments for and against






The decades-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota is back up for discussion at the State Capitol. Attempts in recent years to lift the ban have proven unsuccessful, though some restrictions have loosened, such as a 2015 provision allowing breweries to sell growlers on Sundays. There are competing interests on both sides of the … [ Read more]




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Opinion: Why I spent a weekend brewing with just women






I am familiar with mansplaining. I am a woman and haven’t spent thirty-something years living under a rock. But I have never experienced the phenomenon with such frequency until I started working in the craft brew industry. I’ve bought homes, spent a decade in academia, and a summer working landscaping gigs on construction sites, and … [ Read more]




Opinion: Craft beer is pricing itself into a bubble






Editor’s Note: Jim Watkins is the co-owner of Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis. Unless otherwise noted, facts here reflect his own work and research. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.  It seems my newsfeeds of late have been packed full of claims that Minnesota craft beer is a bubble … [ Read more]




Crap Beer: Slipping standards & lack of quality control threaten the industry






Let’s just put it out there: There’s a lot of bad beer being made these days. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of good beer as well—even some great beer. The rapid expansion of small breweries has brought with it a new breed of innovative brewers cranking out finely tuned beers of all shapes … [ Read more]




Letter to the Editor – Home Distilling: A Public Safety and Health Concern






The following letter to the editor was submitted by Michele Tuchner, the director of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, in response to our recent article about home distilling, Modern Moonshining. To the editor, Even though the recent article “Modern Moonshining” (The Growler, Issue 25, November 2015) mentions that homemade distillery operations … [ Read more]