What We’re Drinking: July 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. Steel Toe Brewing Sommer Vice Hefe-Weizen Ale – Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor A tall glass of hazy hefeweizen on a shady terrace overlooking the water is the perfect … [ Read more]

Soldier’s 2,600-year-old request for wine revealed on pottery shard

New scans of a millennia-old shard of pottery revealed the details of an ancient booze run. Originally unearthed in 1965, the ostracon—a pottery fragment with an inscription—was found in poor condition in 1965 at the desert military fortress of Tel Arad. Dating back to 600 B.C., or the eve of the kingdom of Judah’s destruction … [ Read more]

Plate of the Week: Union Kitchen’s ‘w/Purple Sticky Rice’

First, the colors. A massive mound of purple sticky rice. On either side, cups of red Tiger Bite sauce and green scallion sauce. An orange tangle of carrot and daikon dressed in vinegar. Then, grilled sausage in small patties and meat on a skewer. Next, ditch your silverware—grab at it, swipe some meat, pinch some rice, drizzle … [ Read more]

Pull into Town Hall Station, Edina’s new craft beer bar and restaurant, starting June 16

The Town Hall family is expecting. With sibling locations—Town Hall Brewery (Seven Corners, just east of downtown Minneapolis), Town Hall Tap (South Minneapolis), and Town Hall Lanes (also in South Minneapolis)—the new Town Hall Station is set to open June 16 in Edina as a casual beer bar and restaurant. Located at 4500 Valley View … [ Read more]

Justin Vernon and TU Dance collaborating for Liquid Music’s 2017-2018 season

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s genre-bending Liquid Music Series will continue to keep the good times flowing as their impressive lineup of innovative projects with iconoclastic artists makes waves into 2017–2018 season. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is collaborating with TU Dance for three performances in April 2018 at the renovated Palace Theater. The performances will feature … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: June 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. Wyndfall Cyder Driftless Dry, Kate Murphy, Editorial Assistant   On a muggy summer’s day, I thirst for something to beat the heat that’s refreshingly light, tart, … [ Read more]

Earth Rider Brewery announces lead brewers

Earth Rider Brewery announced today that Allyson Rolph and Tim Wilson will be their lead brewers when they open in Superior, Wisconsin, in October. Earth Rider is the brainchild of Fitger’s Brewhouse founder Tim Nelson and craft brewery consulting group, Bev-Craft. According to a press release, both brewers were selected for their extensive experience and balanced skill … [ Read more]

Minnesota Museum of American Art creating permanent home in St. Paul’s historic Pioneer Endicott building

One of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota will be getting an expanded, permanent home come spring 2018. The Minnesota Museum of American Art, or “the M,” will undergo a $12.5 million development within the historic Pioneer Endicott building this summer, resulting in over 20,000 square feet of public space. While the museum has maintained … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Francie

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: Francie Age: Approx. 1.5 years (DOB 10/5/2015) Gender: Female Breed: Chihuahua mix Weight: 16 lbs Dog friendly: Yes, prefers playmates bigger than her Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: TBD House trained: On a diligent schedule … [ Read more]

Kyatchi will replace Tanpopo in Lowertown St. Paul

The shuttering of Tanpopo left a kimchi nabe-sized hole in Lowertown. But good news on its successor: Kyatchi is expanding to St. Paul. Siblings Sarah and Sam Peterson, along with chef Hide Tozawa, and consultants Kim Bartmann and Anne Saxton, announced today that they will open a second location of their Eat Street sushi house on … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win a $500 Stillwater getaway package

Sign up for The Draft Line, The Growler’s weekly email newsletter, by June 29, 2017, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $500 Stillwater, Minnesota, getaway package that includes: a $200 Discover Stillwater Lodging Voucher, a $100 Stillwater Riverboat Dining Excursion, $100 at Lift Bridge Brewery, and $100 at LOLO American Kitchen. Visit DiscoverStillwater.com for more … [ Read more]

Surly closing Brewer’s Table, Chef Jorge Guzman to stay in MSP

Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune is reporting that Surly Brewing plans to close its fine dining concept, Brewer’s Table, on August 5. The restaurant won several plaudits in its two years, including a spot among Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Restaurants in the country for 2016. Surly’s owner, Omar Ansari, cited financial … [ Read more]

Afton Alps pedaling in the mountain biking season June 3

With summer just around the corner, Afton Alps is inviting Minnesotans to trade in skis for mountain bikes on June 3 when they open a new single track mountain biking course. This is the first time that Afton Alps has opened the property to mountain biking since it discontinued its mountain biking program four years ago. The new course is mainly … [ Read more]

New Duluth Huskies ticket package includes trip to brewery

There are plenty of opportunities to grab a fresh, local beer at a sports game these days, but one Minnesota baseball team is taking things to the next level by bringing fans straight to the beer source. The Duluth Huskies baseball club has teamed up with the Duluth Experience, a local tour company specializing in brewery … [ Read more]

Gluek Beer is making a comeback

In many ways, Memorial Day weekend marks the return of the summer season. But this year, it also marks the re-release of a nostalgic Minnesota beer brand: Gluek’s Beer. On Friday, May 26, a local yoga instructor and nutrition consultant, Linda Rae Holcomb, is bringing the legacy of the 160-year-old beer brand back to life in Minnesota, when … [ Read more]