Mythical Stories for the Modern Age: A collection of short fiction

Legends never die—they just take on new meaning in changing times. What follows are excerpts from three original short stories by Minnesota writers who draw their inspiration in equal parts from the distant past and the present day—be sure to click the link to find the full stories. Heikki Lunta Sinks a Ship Late one … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: March 2020

  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. Txopinondo Sagarnoa  Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief The Basque region is one of the most legendary when it comes to cider and though the naturally fermented style is most … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: Dogs Shouldn’t Be Allowed In Taprooms

Illustration by Will Dinski There are few expressions of joy so pure as your dog greeting you at home after a long day at the office. Those wide, expectant eyes, a furious wag in their tail, with a lick and slobber so ebullient and unrestrained. What monster would send that back to its kennel and … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: Craft Breweries Must Band Together Or Die

Illustration by Will Dinski There are now over 8,000 breweries in America. This renaissance of beer brewing has created jobs, revitalized real estate, and developed its own subculture. But with the market growing ever-more concentrated, thousands of quasi-profitable small businesses are nervously wondering which way the wind is blowing. Multinational companies have made a point … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: The Three-Tier System Is Fundamentally Broken

Illustration by Will Dinski After Prohibition ended in 1933, states were in need of a better system to regulate the manufacture and distribution of alcohol. They needed a way to discourage large breweries from monopolizing the industry, and to ensure that products were being made and transported safely. In Minnesota, like many others, the result … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: February 2020

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.

Next Gen: These young people are staking a claim in the future of their fields

  It’s always entertaining to guess about the future. What are the trends and movements that will define food, drink, and culture in the next generation? But instead of always asking “what’s next?” perhaps we should be asking “who’s next?” These Minnesotans got in on the ground floor of their industries and movements at a … [ Read more]

Marc Heu’s Vanilla Saint Honoré recipe is the ultimate gauntlet for intrepid bakers

This recipe for Marc Heu’s elaborate, showstopping Vanilla Saint Honoré centerpiece is a masterclass in baking, assembly, and piping that’s complicated enough to make even Paul Hollywood break into a sweat. From an inverted puff pastry to a pate a choux cream puff with a perfect caramel glaze, this recipe is a crucible for intrepid … [ Read more]

2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Who better than the readers of The Growler to nominate and vote for the finest of the finest in Minnesota beer, spirits, food, arts, and culture? We had a tidal wave of votes to determine the winners of the 2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards, and we’re proud to share the results with you. These are … [ Read more]

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What We’re Drinking: December 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.

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]

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