Ellen Burkhardt

About Ellen Burkhardt

Ellen Burkhardt is the managing editor of The Growler. When she's not writing, editing, or interviewing, chances are she's on the road, seeking out good food, drink, conversation, and fodder for her next story.

A lesson in drag at Guthrie Theater

It takes more than putting on a dress and squeezing into nylons and high heels to be a true drag queen. You have to know the history of it, the community of it, the art of it. You have to know who you are and who you’re hoping to become. You have to commit to … [ Read more]

Cider in the North: Two cideries add new flavor to Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District

Two more cideries will soon be added to Minnesota’s roster, and both will be located in a city that as of yet is without a cidery to call its own: Duluth. Not only will Duluth Cider and Wild State Cider both be in Duluth, but they’ll be located some 500 feet from each other on West Superior … [ Read more]

Main Street, Minnesota: a three-day journey through windmills and water towers, into the heart of the state’s small towns

Milk at Carl’s Corner in Essig, Minnesota, is 80 cents a glass, $1.50 if you want a large—which, from a quick survey of the wood-paneled dining room, several patrons do. We’re on day two of our three-day road trip from Lake City to Luverne. Normally, this cross-Minnesota trek would take four, maybe four-and-a-half hours to … [ Read more]

Rosé all day not just for wine anymore

Rosé has grown to dominate the summer wine scene, but it hasn’t stopped there. The pink drink of choice has also inspired breweries and cideries to attempt to capture its floral, fruity flavors, resulting in a not-insignificant lineup of beers and ciders that are as delightful to look at as they are to drink. Wine-inspired … [ Read more]

Conjuring Up Equality: Witch Hunt provides education and advocacy for women in beer

If you’d told Witch Hunt co-founders Sarah Williams, Rose Picklo, and Barb Gettel a couple years ago that dozens of women would show up at 9am on a Saturday to brew beer and learn about the history of women in beer, they wouldn’t have believed it. Not because the interest wasn’t there, but because, until … [ Read more]

Review: ‘West Side Story’ is all of our stories

It’s a story that could be told about any city, anywhere, at any time: Two ethnically divided groups fighting over pride, property, bragging rights, and power; their actions motivated by fear, insecurity, and hatred. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] “West Side Story” opened at the Ordway Center for Performing … [ Read more]

The Plan to Have No Plan

Finding the spontaneous, yet scheduled, happy medium that (almost) guarantees getting the most out of travel Accidentally walked 14.5 miles today. Not saying that in a humble brag way, rather an “I have no sense of direction and got lost multiple times and confused Google maps with my poor decisions and ended up in neighborhoods … [ Read more]

Cidermaker Profile: Rob Fisk of Wyndfall Cyder

For most people, the word “spitter” evokes the thought of something unpleasant—angry llamas, perhaps, or individuals who require a little extra talking space if you want to stay dry. Not Rob Fisk. For him, the word means something beautiful, something high quality, something on which he’s built his life. Spitters are the colloquial term for … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: Brian Schanzenbach of Blacklist Artisan Ales

The summer after freshman year of college, Brian Schanzenbach and Jon Loss built a raft and floated down the Mississippi River for five days. Their parents begged them not to do it, actually offering the two boys money in an attempt to talk them out of it. But the lifelong friends wouldn’t be swayed. They … [ Read more]

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Return of the rapids: Could the Upper Mississippi River run wild again?

Boulders and whitecaps surround me. My kayak feels unsteady at best, a mere toy in the hands of Mother Nature. I secure my helmet a notch tighter and grip my paddle with adrenaline-fueled super-human strength. I’ve never whitewater kayaked before, but I’m determined to learn. And what better place to do so than my hometown of … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: JT Dalton of Barley John’s Brewing Company

Artist. Teacher. Cook. Car detailer. Brewer. Not many people have a resume quite as colorful or diverse as JT Dalton. The 31-year-old grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, and never had a clear direction of what he wanted to do beyond make art, skateboard, and snowboard. After high school, he moved to Minneapolis and started racing … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: Bang Brewing’s Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo

The first thing to know about Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo is that their stories are best told when both of them are there to tell them. Where Jay remembers things in sweeping panoramas, Sandy recalls details like specific dates and measurements, pivotal moments in a conversation, and how the light looked as it reflected … [ Read more]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Modist Brewing Company

There are lots of things in a taproom designed to draw a drinker’s attention. Things like clever tap handles, splashy artwork, unique beers, and an inviting atmosphere. The floor of the brewhouse? Not so much. But that’s the first thing that catches the eye at Modist Brewing Company, the soon-to-open, highly anticipated North Loop brewery … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: Simon Nielsen of Central Waters Brewing

There’s a certain art to perseverance. Pursue too eagerly and you’re a nuisance. Tiptoe too timidly and you’ll be forgotten. It’s all about timing and persistence, observation and steadfastness. And patience. Lots of patience. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] Simon Nielsen knows well what it means to persevere. The … [ Read more]

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Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, … [ Read more]