Help us name our Super Troopers collab beer

It was a Super (Trooper) Tuesday at Barrel Theory. Erik Stolhanske—aka “Rabbit”—was in the house with The Growler crew for a special brew day on February 20 at Barrel Theory Beer Company in St. Paul. All the action streamed on Facebook Live, from sampling a glitterized “Snozz Project Dry Hopped Fruited Unicorn Sour” from “Mashmaker” … [ Read more]

Minnesota brewers keeping it classy at Winterfest 2018 [PHOTOS]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild‘s annual Winterfest returned to St. Paul’s Union Depot Saturday night for a sophisticated evening of beer drinking. In a new format this year, local restaurants were paired up with a group of Minnesota breweries, and brought one standout dish to complement their partners’ beer. Minnesota BBQ Company carved up some seriously … [ Read more]

Enter to win two tickets to the Winter Beer Dabbler 2018

The Growler is giving away five pairs of tickets—one each day, Monday through Friday—to the 9th Annual Winter Beer Dabbler on February 24 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Over 160 local and national breweries pouring 500 beers, plus live entertainment, a meat and cheese showcase, wine, and so much more. Trust us, you do not … [ Read more]

MSP well-represented on longlist of James Beard Awards 2018 semifinalists

The James Beard Award Foundation released their longlist of semifinalists for their 2018 honors Thursday morning. Minneapolis–St. Paul was well represented, placing seven entries in the regional powerhouse category of Best Chef: Midwest. For national honors, the 2010 Best Chef: Midwest, Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma, nabbed his second consecutive semifinal nod for Outstanding Chef nationwide. … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Norway

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: Norway DOB: Approx. 09/20/2014 Gender: Male Breed: Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever Weight: 55 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: TBD Kid friendly: Older preferred House Trained: Yes Crate Trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: Pulled … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win A Fat Bike From The House

The House is partnering with The Growler this February and offering readers a chance to win a Fat Bike. The lucky winner will be taking home a Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike (valued at $1,800) courtesy of The House. Since 1982, The House has been providing equipment, education, and service for the outdoor and active sport … [ Read more]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild 2018 Winterfest brewery and restaurant pairings announced

For 16 years, Winterfest has been filled to the brim with beer lovers, breweries, and brewpubs. In year 17 though organizers are kicking it up a notch, not just showcasing 100 Minnesota craft breweries, but also some of the region’s best restaurants and chefs. In a new format, a local restaurant or chef will be … [ Read more]

LII Super Winter Beers

Editor’s Note: This content was created as part of a content collaboration with KARE 11.  The Bold North, home of well over 10,000 lakes, Paul Bunyan, all the hotdish, and Super Bowl LII. While the Twin Cities are gearing up for the Big Game itself with over one million hardy fans and visitors expected in … [ Read more]

Winter Weary? Staycation Ideas for the Fancy and the Frugal

For the Frugal By Bill Lindeke No matter how many generations your roots stretch back, winter is the true test for any Minnesotan. By the time February rolls around, the months of shortened days, numb appendages, icy streets, and long, cold nights take their toll. To make it through the last seasonal stretches, we often need … [ Read more]

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What We’re Drinking: February 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. John Garland, Senior Editor ★ Ale Asylum Hu$h Money IPA The first seasonal release to enter Minnesota from Madison’s Ale Asylum is a showcase of the Hallertau Blanc hop. … [ Read more]

Win two tickets to The Great Northern: Saint Paul Chef Experience

The Great Northern is a collaboration of winter experiences aimed at embracing the cold and celebrating the spirit of winter here in our great state of Minnesota. On Monday, January 29 from 6–9pm, chef Adam Eaton of Saint Dinette and chef Thomas Boemer of Corner Table and Revival will join forces again to host an outdoor … [ Read more]

Launch of edible six-pack rings offer brewers an eco-friendly alternative

Plastic six-pack holders and have long been a danger to dolphins, sea turtles, and seabirds, which can die from entanglement or ingestion. But the team behind an edible, biodegradable six-pack ring are rolling out an eco-friendly solution to the problem. Everyone knows that plastic waste is a huge problem in the world’s oceans. But in … [ Read more]

The Mill: Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque serves its last meal in downtown Stillwater

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar in downtown Stillwater served its last plate of jerk wings on Saturday, after news broke last week that the restaurant would be closing. It was initially reported that the decision by the building’s landlord caught owner Tim McKee and chef Shawn Smalley by surprise, although McKee has since come … [ Read more]

The Mill: All-girl school of rock in the works in St. Paul

Finally, some news we can all get on board with: Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero, St. Paul visual artist Chris Larson, and female musician Corey Avery have proposed a rehearsal studio space catered specifically to girls between ages of six and 15 who want to rock. “It’ll be all about empowering these girls,” Barbero … [ Read more]

Saint Dinette team confirms bagel place for Lyn-Lake

Adam Eaton, chef at Saint Dinette, confirmed today an exciting development first reported by our own Steve Hoffman in the December issue of The Growler: that he, Laurel Elm, and Tim Niver plan to open a delicatessen featuring wood-fired bagels in the area of Lyndale and Lake in South Minneapolis. The space is 901 W. Lake … [ Read more]