Natedogs a finalist in 2017 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year Contest

  Natedogs, the Minneapolis food cart known for quality hot dogs and homemade mustard, is in the running for Mobile Cuisine’s 2017 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year. Nathan Beck, the bow-tied owner of Natedogs, has made a name for himself and his dogs over the past few years. His cart is a fixture in … [ Read more]

Young Joni spreads the pizza love with call-in, takeout service

What’s better than ordering a wood-fired pizza at James Beard Semifinalist Ann Kim’s Young Joni? Having a piping hot pie ready to go when you arrive. In response to customer demand, Northeast Minneapolis’ Young Joni restaurant began offering takeout pizza on Tuesday, April 25. All of the signature pizzas are available for both walk-in and call ahead orders. … [ Read more]

First Look: 56 Brewing’s new taproom and brewery to open May 5

Photos by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Just blocks away from their original California Street production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis, 56 Brewing is putting the finishing touches on their new 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom before their May 5 grand opening celebration. The new facility is a major upgrade for the Community Supported Brewery, which operated a five-barrel brewing … [ Read more]

New brewpub, Union 32 Craft House, coming to Eagan this summer

Four dads, who met at their children’s school, are partnering to open a new brewpub in Eagan this June. Union 32 Craft House is taking over the former BlueStone Steak & Seafood restaurant building, located at Highway 55 and Dodd Road. “Union 32 is a play off of Minnesota being the 32rd state to join the Union,” says co-founder Dan Redpath, … [ Read more]

Founders Brewing to open second taproom in Detroit

For 20 years, Founders Brewing Company has been rooted in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But now, the brewery plans to extend beyond its roots by opening a second taproom in the Motor City. The new 14,000-square-foot facility will feature a fully operational brewery and taproom located in the lower Cass Corridor neighborhood in Midtown Detroit, just north of … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: May 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. Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. Rollingstoner – John Garland, Senior Editor I love the beer Joe Pond is making in Rollingstone. He uses old-school techniques that make … [ Read more]

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. paddles into western Wisconsin

Bent Paddle Brewing‘s beer is eastward bound, as the brewery’s distribution footprint extends further into Wisconsin. The Duluth brewery has partnered with not one, but two distributions—Dean Distributing of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as well as Beechwood Sales & Service out of New Berlin. The new territory includes the northeastern counties of Ashland, Iron, Oneida, Vilas, Forest, … [ Read more]

Gray Duck Tavern lands in St. Paul this May

The Madison Restaurant Group, which is behind Public Kitchen & Bar and Handsome Hog, has a name for its new restaurant going into the Lowry Hotel building. Gray Duck Tavern is slated to open in late May, with Twin Cities chef Donald Gonzalez at the culinary helm, creating a playful menu inspired by comfort foods around the world according … [ Read more]

The Growler Magazine debuts ‘Land of 10,000 Drinks,’ an interactive map of every Minnesota brewery, winery, cidery, and distillery

New map allows users to search the state’s vast craft beverage landscape by location, filter by various amenities, and more (St. Paul, Minn.) April 21, 2017 — The Growler Magazine, in partnership with Explore Minnesota, this week launched the Land of 10,000 Drinks, an online, mobile-friendly, interactive map of Minnesota’s craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and … [ Read more]

NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar and The Basement Bar opening September in North Loop

Hello we are NoLo’s Kitchen & Bar. Follow and watch us bring modern comfort to the #northloop as we prepare to open fall of #2017 #slowlybutsurely #minneapolis A post shared by @noloskitchen on Mar 27, 2017 at 9:59am PDT Minneapolis’ North Loop, the warehouse district budding with young professionals, independent retail shops, and buzzing restaurants, will soon … [ Read more]

Surly Brewing’s Rising North Pale Ale the official beer of Minnesota United FC

So long United Crushers. Hello Rising North. The beer brewed by Surly Brewing to kick off Minnesota United FC‘s inaugural MLS season was revamped as Rising North Pale Ale and named the official beer of the soccer team on Wednesday, April 19. United Crushers Pale Ale debuted at the first pre-match party at Surly Brewing and was made available at … [ Read more]

Back Channel Brewing Collective will be making waves this summer in Spring Park

Back Channel Brewing Collective, a new brewery located in Spring Park on Lake Minnetonka, announced their plans today to open in summer 2017. The former Family & Cosmetic Gentle Dentistry building is being transformed into the new lakeside brewery destination. According to a press release, the brewery will be the first on the upper lake and … [ Read more]

Minnesota Cider Guild incorporates, Cider Week planned for June 5–10

Local hard cider producers from around the state officially established the Minnesota Cider Guild on April 3rd. “The Minnesota cider industry is very young, with the majority of cider makers launching their businesses within the last four years,” says guild president Gretchen Perbix of Sweetland Orchard. “We have tremendous support among our local consumer audiences, … [ Read more]

Minnesota United kicks off Earth Week at Afton State Park

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. But thanks to Minnesota United, an early, earthy campaign will be kicking off at Afton State Park. Today, players and staff from Minnesota United will team up with Itasca Society season ticket holders, Minnesota Department of National Resources staffers, and Major League Soccer employees to help clean up the … [ Read more]

American Masters serving up new foodie docs on Beard, Pépin

Set your DVRs: The 31st season of American Masters will include two new documentaries as part of a two week “chef’s flight” of foodie documentaries. The new films are biographies of James Beard, the acclaimed chef and teacher and namesake of the James Beard Awards, and Jacques Pépin, the inimitable French chef whose Gallic charm transformed generations of home … [ Read more]