Brewer Profile: Austin Jevne of Forager Brewery

Forager Brewery is tucked into an unremarkable industrial corner of Rochester’s Kutzky Park neighborhood, flanked by featureless commercial buildings, a gas station, and train tracks. Nevertheless, the brewpub’s parking lot is at capacity and an overflow of cars is parked on the street, defying the dozens of clearly visible “No Parking” signs.  In the back … [ Read more]

The Growler Magazine debuts ‘Land of 10,000 Drinks,’ an interactive map of every Minnesota brewery, winery, cidery, and distillery

New map allows users to search the state’s vast craft beverage landscape by location, filter by various amenities, and more (St. Paul, Minn.) April 21, 2017 — The Growler Magazine, in partnership with Explore Minnesota, this week launched the Land of 10,000 Drinks, an online, mobile-friendly, interactive map of Minnesota’s craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win an Ultimate Sandbox Package from Extreme Sandbox

Sign up for The Draft Line, The Growler’s weekly email newsletter, by April 29, 2017, and you’ll be automatically entered to win an Ultimate Sandbox Package for two people courtesy of Extreme Sandbox, 1901 Glendale Rd, Hastings, MN 55033. Extreme Sandbox is a heavy equipment adventure company that lets people play with construction equipment. The Ultimate Sandbox … [ Read more]

How a gas tax for aircraft set the stage for the craft beer revolution

If you have ever stopped to read the tax disclaimer stickers on a gas station pump, you’d know that a sizeable percentage of the price you pay for gas—$0.28 per gallon in Minnesota—goes towards covering something called “excise taxes.” If you are wondering what gasoline and excise taxes have to do with the enjoyment of … [ Read more]

Founders KBS hitting shelves & taps this week

One of the most sought-after barrel-aged beers in the world is hitting store shelves and draft lines this week. Founders KBS is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in oak bourbon barrels in caves that were at one time gypsum mines beneath Grand Rapids, Michigan. The beer was the first Founders ever … [ Read more]

Modist Brewing turning boil kettle into hot tub for first anniversary party

Modist Brewing Company was built on a philosophy of “modifying” traditional beer styles and brewing practices in the name of imagination and experimentation. Over their first year in business, Modist has put that philosophy into practice by releasing beers like their First Call Cold Press Coffee Lager and German Fat Cap, a German festbier and … [ 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]

Fulton to release new Hopstar Session IPA at Gran Fondo 2017

Riders and spectators of Fulton Brewing’s annual Gran Fondo will be tipping back a brand new beer in celebration. The Northeast Minneapolis brewery is introducing an all new summer seasonal, Hopstar Session IPA, on Friday, May 5 as part of the Gran Fondo 2017 festivities. Hopstar is the beer Fulton has been “testing not-so-secretly in the taproom for the past … [ Read more]

‘I Am’ series to debut in St. Paul

Kristi Abbott moved to the U.S. from Australia four years ago. And in that time, she turned her gaze inward, focusing on and figuring out who she is as an artist. Her discovery: “I Am,” a collection of eight portraits—”I Am Art,” “I Am Woman,” “I Am Erotic,” “I Am Brave,” “I Am Imagination,” “I Am … [ Read more]

The Growler takes on Lowertown’s new Escape MSP

Local investigators have brought in Miss Amanda Treedeath for questioning on suspicion of murder. (Gasp!) It’s up to you and your team to help with the investigation. But here’s the kicker: You only have 60 minutes. As we previously mentioned, The Growler crew turned into sneaky sleuths for a day as we visited Escape MSP, … [ Read more]

March Madness 2017: Alumni Bars in the Twin Cities

Here’s where the alumni will gather to watch this year’s March Madness games in the Twin Cities: Thursday, March 16 (5) Notre Dame vs (12) Princeton, 11am Crooked Pint Ale House, Downtown Minneapolis is where the Fightin’ Irish faithful might want to take their lunch break. (5) Minnesota vs (12) Middle Tennessee St., 3pm Every bar! But … [ Read more]

MN Opera’s “Dinner At Eight”: Fiddling While Rome Burns

The world around them is in shambles, they’ll be damned if they don’t keep up appearances. Like the cartoon dog in the burning room, this is fine, they say. Last Saturday was the world premiere of Dinner At Eight, an opera based on the 1932 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, at the … [ Read more]

Dine out to support the MN immigrant community on March 15

On Wednesday, March 15, a number of small businesses will donate a percentage of their sales to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM). What started as a group of restaurants hosting a “dine-out” fundraising event has evolved into a day of support from many types of small businesses. “We’ve been inspired to connect and … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Boomer

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: Boomer Age: 2.5 years Gender: Male Breed: Australian Cattledog mix Weight: 54 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Dog savvy cats only, wants to play! Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: … [ Read more]

Schell’s is on a mission to use more local barley

August Schell Brewing Company will release a new helles in early April made entirely from locally grown barley. It’s the result of an encounter between brewmaster Jace Marti and two University of Minnesota researchers about three years ago. “By chance, one of the lead researchers of the University of Minnesota [Dr. Jochum J. Wiersma, a … [ Read more]