The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 7: Editors’ Local Picks

You’re reading Chapter 7 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Hoch Orchards Organic Barrel Aged This blend of Fireside and Bulmer’s Norman apples is a demonstration in barrel-aging restraint. Aged just long enough to add the slightest suggestion of vanilla and wood to dull the sharp … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 6: Cider in The North

You’re reading Chapter 6 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Minnesota’s cider scene is young and, like a knobby-kneed teenager, still trying to find its legs. The cidermaking industry in Minnesota is just over six years old and has yielded ciders running the gamut from Old … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 5: Cider In America

You’re reading Chapter 5 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Sales of hard cider in the U.S. only equal about one percent of the overall beer market, but that tiny share is expanding quickly. The number of cidermakers in America has doubled in the last four … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 4: Science and Definitions

You’re reading Chapter 4 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Good cider starts with good soil. The acidity, porousness, organic matter, microbial activity, and structure of soil all impact what types of trees will grow and the quality and characteristics of the fruit those trees will … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 1: The History of Cider

You’re reading Chapter 1 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Despite a reputation for being as American as pie, apples are transplants from far away. Like our forebears, these fruits came from foreign shores and have been nurtured and developed by other cultures for centuries. Ancestors … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 3: The Apples Behind The Cider

You’re reading Chapter 3 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Apples are the soul of cider—which, on its face, sounds fairly straightforward. We’ve all shopped for apples and are acquainted with the eight to 10 varieties available at most supermarkets. Except, of course, it’s not even … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 2: Cider in the Old World

You’re reading Chapter 2 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. The U.S. has been experiencing a boom in craft cider recently, but many of the practices employed by American cidermakers today are the result of traditions that span hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Let’s … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win A Martin Backpacker Steel String Acoustic Guitar

Twin Town Guitars is the music store by and for musicians. Founded in August 1997, and owned by Andrew and Carrie Bell, the vision for the shop is simple: Get it done honestly, quickly, correctly, and affordably. The staff is made up of musicians, who are in the studio and on the stage, who know … [ Read more]

18 brewers and distillers are ‘In Cahoots!’ for collaborative block party on August 5

Camaraderie and competition are back at it for another delicious go-around with the 12th iteration of In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft. Each year, the Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler Magazine bring together craft brewers to create special beers for Red Stag’s free block party, but 2018 is the biggest yet. Seventeen breweries and … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Easy

Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Easy Age: DOB approx. 1/31/14 Gender: Male Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog Weight: 58 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Does better left out Energy level: Moderate … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win Six All-Inclusive Tickets to Valleyfair

With more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ premiere amusement park. The park was created and built by two local businessmen who wanted to provide entertainment for the entire family. In August of 1974, construction of Valleyfair began. When the park opened in 1976, it included extensive land development, rides, attractions, … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Sammy

Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Sammy Age: DOB approx. 08/05/17 Gender: Male Breed: Retriever / Terrier / Mixed (medium coat) Weight: 40 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes (but does … [ Read more]

Vine Park is now the first majority Hmong-owned brewery

Touyer Moua grew up in the Twin Cities hearing from the elders in the Hmong community about the fermenting traditions they left behind. “Back in our old country, Laos, our elders… they would brew their own rice wine,” Moua began explaining. “From that perspective, there is history as far as making your own alcoholic drink. … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Freddie Mercury

Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Freddie Mercury Age: DOB approx. 7/18/08 Gender: Male Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier (short coat) Weight: 55 lbs Dog friendly: No Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes (but doesn’t live with any) House trained: … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Sabine

Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Sabine Age: 4 years Gender: Female Breed: Labrador Retriever / Hound (short coat) Weight: 30 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes (considerate and calm children only, she is frightened with … [ Read more]