J.W. Hulme: Making it in Saint Paul for over 100 years

Our Craft Culture series explores Twin Cities artists, makers and brands who consider craft a way of life. By Emily Weiss Photos courtesy of J.W. Hulme In the last issue of The Growler, we kicked off our Craft Culture series with a profile of Katherine McMillan, founder and CEO of Northern Grade, a pop-up menswear market … [ Read more]

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American-Made Menswear at Northern Grade

An interview with Katherine McMillan of Northern Grade, a pop-up men’s store that starts a run at MIA November 21st. By Emily Weiss Photos courtesy of Northern Grade Borne out of a love of heritage brands and a disdain for the anonymity of “throwaway culture,” Northern Grade—a traveling pop-up menswear market that focuses on American-made goods—is … [ Read more]

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Around the World (Without Leaving the Metro)

Camping and family car trips are all well and good, but eventually real wanderlust sets in and you start dreaming of different climates, unknown territories, and unexplored holes-in-the-wall. But who has the time and money for a big overseas trip? Not to worry! You can plan a relaxing staycation and still manage to go around … [ Read more]

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Chasing the Beer Scene in Western Wisconsin, Part Two

By Emily Weiss In the last issue of The Growler we explored Western Wisconsin, pairing beers from its well-established craft brewery scene with some of the area’s most worthwhile outdoor excursions. In this issue we’re continuing this tour of our neighbors to the east, looking to the charming smaller towns and vibrant larger cities of … [ Read more]

Green Beer You Can Get Behind: Eco-Friendly Efforts

You bike to work, haul your groceries home in your own reusable bags, compost, and use the expensive compact fluorescent light bulbs but there’s something else you could be doing to reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing beer from a brewery that employs ethically and environmentally sound practices is an enjoyable way to be a little greener, … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Iowa

In previous issues of The Growler, we’ve played match-up with beers from Duluth and Western Wisconsin, pairing them with the most fun, scenic, and exciting outdoor excursions the respective areas have to offer.  Now we’re turning our gaze south to the relatively young but wholly unique craft beer scene in Northern and Central  Iowa. Most … [ Read more]

20 ways to incorporate Natedogs’ Mustard into your next meal

By Emily Weiss Since he started appearing on the streets of Minneapolis in 2011, pushing his cart full of free-range artisan hot dogs, made with pork from the all-heritage farm Pastures-A-Plenty, Nate Beck’s Natedogs has been as noteworthy for its philanthropic “get a dog, give a dog” mission as its homemade condiments. For now the bacon … [ Read more]