Fair State hires Jerrod Johnson as Director of Brewing Operations

Jerrod Johnson, the former co–head brewer at Surly Brewing Company, has been named the Director of Brewing Operations at Fair State Brewing Cooperative. Co-founder Niko Tonks will remain head brewer, continuing to focus on recipe development in the original Minneapolis brewery, while Johnson will manage operations at the production facility in St. Paul, helping to … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win Coffee For A Year From Peace Coffee

Peace Coffee was born out of a late-night conversation between the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a group of Mexican farmers. Since 1996, when Peace Coffee got 38,000 pounds of Mexican Coffee, the Twin Cities based company has grown dramatically. While many companies source their beans via a broker’s cupping table, having gone … [ Read more]

Vote for the 2018 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards

The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards are back! 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. The voting period ends on … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: October 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. James Norton, Food Editor ■ Beaver Island Sweet Miss Chocolate Oatmeal Milk Stout As the weather inevitably deteriorates from warm and sunny to cold and rainy (followed shortly by … [ Read more]

Boom Island Brewing Company eyeing west suburbs for new location

After almost eight years calling the Hawthorne/Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis home, Boom Island Brewing Company on Saturday, September 8, announced it would be seeking a new location. The decision came after four people were shot just steps from the brewery on Friday, September 7. One of the shooting victims died. The company launched a … [ Read more]

Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke! Hoist a stein at all the 2018 Oktoberfest events across Minnesota

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria celebrated his marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen with the most boisterous party Munich had ever known, inviting everyone in the city to partake in the festivities. The party finally wrapped up five (!) days later with a final horse race. Thus began the annual … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider

Cider seems like a straightforward drink. We’re all familiar with apple juice and the concept of fermentation, and, at its core, cider is just a combination of the two. But in practice, the beverage is far more complicated. Because what about pear cider? Or rhubarb cider? What are those drinks? And what about those ciders … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 7: Editors’ Local Picks

You’re reading Chapter 7 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Hoch Orchards Organic Barrel Aged This blend of Fireside and Bulmer’s Norman apples is a demonstration in barrel-aging restraint. Aged just long enough to add the slightest suggestion of vanilla and wood to dull the sharp … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 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. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief ■ Summit Oktoberfest It’s my favorite season of the year: Oktoberfest. As I search for a beer to fill (and refill) my stein with during the … [ Read more]

Tasting Notes: All 27 new drinks at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 makes the biggest lineup of new craft beverages ever at the Minnesota State Fair. We sampled 27 new drinks—a wild array of beers, ciders, and wine cocktails made with fruits, vegetables, vanilla, sugar, spice, and everything Minnesota nice. Here are our tasting notes (listed alphabetically within each group). You can also find our Complete … [ Read more]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards Nominations 2018

It’s time for you, our dedicated readers of The Growler Magazine, to nominate the best of the best in Minnesota food, drink, and culture for The Growler’s annual Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominations are open through September 7 and are limited to one submission per valid email address. Loading…

Win tickets to an invitation-only first taste of Summit’s Helles Ya, You Betcha!

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is right around the corner, and there will be a whole slew of new beers on tap ready to greet thirsty fairgoers. One of those beers: Helles Ya, You Betcha! from Summit Brewing Co. The Minnesota State Fair-exclusive beer is a sessionable unfiltered Helles-style pale lager brewed with barley and wheat … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win A Martin Backpacker Steel String Acoustic Guitar

Twin Town Guitars is the 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 honestly, quickly, correctly, and affordably. The staff is made up of musicians, who are in the studio and on the stage, who know … [ Read more]

18 brewers and distillers are ‘In Cahoots!’ for collaborative block party on August 5

Camaraderie and competition are back at it for another delicious go-around with the 12th iteration of In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft. Each year, the Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler Magazine bring together craft brewers to create special beers for Red Stag’s free block party, but 2018 is the biggest yet. Seventeen breweries and … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Easy

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: Easy Age: DOB approx. 1/31/14 Gender: Male Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog Weight: 58 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Does better left out Energy level: Moderate … [ Read more]