North Korea abruptly cancels month-long beer fest

A month-long beer festival in North Korea was abruptly cancelled shortly before it was set to begin this week. The festival along the Taedong River was slated to start Wednesday, but was scrapped for “unknown reasons” according to the Associated Press. The sudden cancellation comes at a time when the county is under increased scrutiny over … [ Read more]

Tap into beer history through free, online class with University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

Summer is flying by, and before we know it, school will be back in session. But if your scene is more brewery taproom than college campus, you can tap into the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater’s free massive open online course (MOOC), “Beer Matters,” this fall. Part of the college’s Continuing Education program, this for-fun, online class begins … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 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. Bang Brewing Gold Blonde Ale – Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief The best thing about craft beer is ingenuity. Simple ingredients used in varying fashions produce vastly different flavors and styles … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Melody

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: Melody Age: DOB Approx. 12/12/2014 Gender: Female Breed: Boxer / Pit bull Weight: 60 Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: … [ Read more]

Chef Erick Harcey to open new, approachable South Minneapolis restaurant

South Minneapolis residents still toasting the news that Venn Brewing Company is opening a neighborhood taproom on the corner of 46th and Hiawatha have even more to celebrate today. James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Victory 44, The Dirty Bird, and Upton 43, Erick Harcey, is planning on opening a new, yet-to-be-named restaurant in The CAPP building, a … [ Read more]

New species of cold-tolerant yeast could yield better lager

Yeast—it ferments our beer, leavens our bread, and is found virtually everywhere on earth. But despite the many thousands of yeast strains catalogued in collections around the world, it’s estimated that we’ve only identified perhaps as little as 10 percent of what exists in nature. Thanks to a group of researchers at the University of Manchester, … [ Read more]

Chowgirls Killer Catering doubles in size with new Northeast headquarters

Chowgirls Killer Catering is expanding into a new Northeast Minneapolis headquarters, the company announced today. At nearly 11,000 square feet—double the square footage of its previous location—the new HQ at 336 Hoover Street NE will allow Chowgirls to keep up with a rising demand for their catering services across the Metro, while still dishing out organic, … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win a special jazz night for six from Dakota Jazz Club

Sign up for The Draft Line, The Growler’s weekly email newsletter, by July 30, 2017, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win tickets, food, and drink (up to $500 total value) for up to six people to a show at Dakota Jazz Club in September. Experience great live music, food, and drink in … [ Read more]

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company coming to Hudson, Wisc., this fall

At the time Justin Terbeest and his wife, Melissa, started their brewery endeavor, the City of Hudson had an ordinance on the books prohibiting breweries in the downtown zoning districts. But just this past May, the city changed its ordinances, clearing the way for the couple to build their brewery, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, in … [ Read more]

Tim McKee announces Market House Collaborative, a new food hall for Lowertown St. Paul

Chef, restaurateur, and current fishmonger Tim McKee, flanked by chef Lenny Russo, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, chatted Wednesday afternoon with a group of reporters about McKee’s upcoming Lowertown project, Market House Collaborative. “I grew up in St. Paul. I’ve always had a special affinity for St. Paul,” McKee said. “I’ve been watching the … [ Read more]

Researchers’ carbon capture system could cut emissions and costs for small breweries

Carbon capture technology developed for power plants may just help craft breweries reuse carbon dioxide from their fermentation processes and slash their costs, thanks to the work from group of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Department of Energy’s Lab-Corps Pilot Program. Carbon dioxide is an essential component used in the beer industry, but it’s also a byproduct of … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Tenley

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: Tenley Date of Birth: Approx. 7/06/2013 Gender: Female Breed: Pit bull terrier mix Weight:  50 Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Does fine left out … [ Read more]

MN Opera to branch out from Ordway for 55th Season

The Minnesota Opera will present three new concerts and one extra full stage production, in addition to their five main stage operas, to commemorate their 55th season. The 2017-18 season will include a departure from their home at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, for a staging of Fellow Travelers at the Cowles Center in June 2018. … [ Read more]

Two new bouldering gyms will challenge Twin Cities climbers this fall

Bouldering, a type of rock climbing using no ropes or harnesses, is gaining a foothold in the Twin Cities with two new gyms opening this fall. Minneapolis Bouldering Project, the third gym in the Bouldering Project (first in Seattle in 2011, then Austin in 2015), is constructing a massive, 42,000-square-foot indoor bouldering gym, located at 1433 West River Road … [ Read more]

Wisconsin breweries and wineries on guard after proposal to ban direct sales revealed

As the negotiations over the Wisconsin state budget continues this week, a memo obtained by a conservative group has the Badger State’s microbreweries and wineries mobilizing to head off a proposal that would end direct retail sales and self-distribution for the beverage producers. According to report by the Associated Press, the memo, which was obtained by the Wisconsin … [ Read more]