The Growler’s Holiday Guide 2019

It’s time to take the easy (but soulful!) way out, harness the power of this guide, and have yourself a very, very happy 2019 holiday season!

Drinking in the Suburbs: The Growler’s Guide to Drinking (Well!) in the Greater Metro

W hen it comes to assessing the drinks scene in Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul often suck the oxygen out of the room. And not without good reason, considering the wealth of mixological talent and the seemingly limitless number of beer taps behind Twin Cities bars. But, like a magician’s sleight of hand, while we’re … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Home Bar in 20 Bottles

Whether you’re an aspiring bartender or just a novice looking to get their home collection up to snuff, we’ve got your guide to the must-have building blocks for any bar worth its salt. We asked members of the Minneapolis–St. Paul chapter of the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to curate a list encompassing the three tiers of … [ Read more]

Vote for the 2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards

This August, we collected nominations from you, our readers, and tallied the results. Now, with the final list of nominees set, we need you to cast your vote to decide the best of the best in Minnesota’s drink, food, and culture scenes. Cast your ballots in the form below. The voting period ends on October … [ Read more]

New distillery and cocktail lounge, STILHEART, coming to the North Loop in fall 2019

We’ve been hearing rumblings all summer, and a press release confirmed it this morning: the team at Lawless Distilling Company is behind a new distillery and cocktail room concept, STILHEART, opening in the North Loop this fall. The two-level space will have seating on both levels, including views of the downstairs distillery. The cocktail room … [ Read more]

Wine and Cider Guide 2019

Each autumn, the branches of apple trees and vineyard vines hang heavy with the fruits of a long growing season. Every ray of sunlight, drop of rain, and nutrient in the soil have been soaked up to produce plump clusters of grapes and swollen apples filled with the juices, tannins, sugars, and acids that the … [ Read more]

Botanical Bonanza: The aromatic additions that define our local gins

Gin is by definition is a juniper-flavored spirit—but it’s also flavored with everything else. It was born in Holland, where the Dutch East India Company once conglomerated all the world’s spices. Juniper had been soaked into medicinal spirits and tonics since the Middle Ages, and later, so was every exotic spice that was scurried back … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 2019

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.

Unlabeled No. 2: Oktoberfest Brewery Participation Information

Thank you for participating! Thanks for being part of Unlabeled No. 2: Oktoberfest. Below is some useful information for you to have that will help you have what you will need leading up to, and immediately following the event.  Please post about the fact that you will be at the event and refer to our … [ Read more]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ribbon-Worthy: Tasting notes of 48 new drinks at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

The Growler’s review of the new beverages at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair was supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt.  Cotton candy and toasted pumpkin seeds, lavender and passion fruit, Red Bull and White Claw—together at last. There’s no lack of … [ Read more]

Social Media Guide for Unlabeled No. 2 Brewery Participants

Thank you for being a part of The Growler’s second blind tasting event: Unlabeled No. 2: Oktoberfest! We’re thrilled to be able to put on the only blind tasting event series of this size in the world (to our knowledge, anyway), and we’re glad to have you along for the ride. Before we get started … [ Read more]

Nominate the Best of the Best for the 2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards

It’s time! Each year, we give Growler readers the chance to nominate the best of the best in Minnesota food, drink, and culture for our annual Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. Make your voice heard this year and nominate who you think is Kind-of-a-Big-Deal. The nomination period is open now through September 6. (One submission per … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 2019

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. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief J. Rieger & Co Kansas City Whiskey This whiskey’s got something for everybody: it’s a blend of straight bourbon whiskey, light corn whiskey, and straight … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

It’s the most Minnesotan time of the year, folks: State Fair time. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from Minnesota’s breweries and cideries. Fair beverages are 12 days of devil-may-care: stuffed with fruits, pickled with veggies, ringed with cotton candy, frozen into slushies, or … [ Read more]

7 Minnesota breweries take gold, silver, and bronze at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Over 7,000 beers from around the world were judged in over 130 style categories for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship, and seven Minnesota breweries came away with 10 total medals. The U.S. Open Beer Championship was judged blind by judges from England, Canada, and the United States. Unlike other beer competitions, it is the … [ Read more]