Remembering Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren

On October 6, Minnesota’s beer scene lost a legend. Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren, a decades-long veteran of the local beer industry who worked for Capitol Beverage and Original Gravity, died unexpectedly at the age of 52. Hanszee built countless friendships throughout his years of selling beer in Twin Cities and beyond. A mentor to many, a … [ Read more]

Beer imitates art at Mia’s Artoberfest

Long before today’s smartphones, selfie sticks, and Instagram, artists were commissioned to document the every day happenings of contemporary events in eighteenth-century Europe. “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art focuses on the masterful works of view painters, including Canaletto, Bellotto, Robert, Panini, and Guardi. Head over to Mia … [ Read more]

New owners take the helm at Lake Superior Brewing

Duluth’s oldest craft brewery, Lake Superior Brewing, officially has new owners. Lars Kuehnow and Lisa Blade are taking over Lake Superior Brewing (LSB), as former owners Don and Jo Hoag, John Judd III, Karen Olesen, and Dale Kleinschmidt step aside from owning the brewing business. “We look forward to watching the next phase for LSB,” says … [ Read more]

The Mill: Great American Beer Festival wraps up, Minnesota takes home six medals

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up in Denver over the weekend, after expanding to 800 breweries and drawing a whopping 60,000 beer loving attendees. In total, the 2017 GABF competition received 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries, and awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories. Five Minnesota breweries took home six GABF medals. In the … [ Read more]

Birch’s on the Lake joins St. Paul’s Market House Collaborative

Birch’s on the Lake, the supper club-brewery combo nestled alongside Long Lake, is the latest business to join Tim McKee’s Market House Collaborative in Lowertown. The former Heartland space is set to house a collection of food businesses under one roof—Octo Fishbar, The Salty Tart bakery, Peterson Craftsman Meats butcher shop, the Almanac Fish Market—and now, … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win an Epiphone Les Paul Standard guitar and case from Twin Town Guitars

Twin Town Guitars is partnering with The Growler to give away an Epiphone Les Paul Standard guitar and hard case. Twin Town Guitars is first and foremost a 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 … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Maisie

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: Maisie Age: DOB Approx. 8.12.16 Gender: Female Breed: Hound Weight: 45 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: TBD Kid friendly: Yes, but doesn’t live with any House Trained: TBD Crate Trained: TBD Energy level: Moderate … [ Read more]

Chef Paul Berglund takes on culinary director role at Ann Kim’s restaurant group

When James Beard Award–winning chef Paul Berglund left The Bachelor Farmer’s kitchen this August after a successful six-year run, it wasn’t clear when he’d resurface in the Twin Cities dining scene. But just a short month later, the lauded chef is back. Berglund is taking on the newly created role of culinary director at Vestalia Hospitality, … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: October 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Great Lakes Brewing Company Turntable Pilsner – Maddie Greene, Social Media Coordinator This time of year always brings memories from my childhood. When you grow up in small … [ Read more]

Drekker Brewing to open ‘destination brewery and taproom’ next summer

Drekker Brewing, the Fargo-based craft brewery, announced Wednesday that it is building a new destination brewery and taproom. The historic building, located at 1632 First Avenue North in Fargo, was once a locomotive repair facility before becoming a storage space from the ‘70s onward. Now, Drekker is renovating the historic building, located just a few … [ Read more]

O’zapft is: Tapping into all the Oktoberfest events this fall in Minnesota

The official Oktoberfest may kick off next weekend in Munich, Germany, for its 184th year, but here in the Midwest we’re getting a jumpstart on the festivities. Starting Friday, September 8 and running through mid-October, breweries, restaurants, and event organizers are inviting you to dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, order up some brats mit kraut, … [ Read more]

Riding for art: 410’s Project Bike to showcase 10 Minnesota artists

For 10 days this past July, Dana Sikkila was pedaling her bike up country roads and down trails across Minnesota on a 501-mile bike tour. With a bike trailer and camera crew in tow, she was on a mission to meet with 10 artists spread across the state, collect their works, and transport them back … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win a Cuyuna Cabin, Bike, & Beer Getaway

Sign up for The Growler’s email newsletter by September 29, 2017 and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a Cuyuna Cabin, Bike, and Beer getaway. As a part of the getaway, you’ll get a two-night weekend stay in one of the trail connected cabins at True North Basecamp—a perfect start and end … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. HammerHeart Brewing Von Winterherz Verhasst – Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor Ever wonder what a smoked banana would taste like? While the Lino Lakes brewery is known for … [ Read more]

The Food that Grows on Water: Harvesters and state agencies seek to protect Minnesota’s wild rice legacy

It’s late summer in Cass Lake, Minnesota, a logging and resort town on the western edge of the vast northwoods that stretches east to Thunder Bay, Ontario. For a few minutes before nightfall, the sky above town is streaked with the last glowing blush of the setting sun, and two loons call to each other … [ Read more]

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