Cigar City swings into the Minnesota beer market this May

A taste of Florida sunshine is making its way to Minnesota, as Cigar City Brewing launches its beers in market this May. Northeast Minneapolis’ J.J Taylor Distributing Company will handle Cigar City’s distribution into Minnesota, the 18th state in the craft brewery’s distribution footprint. “Our recent launch in Chicago has experienced a lot of success … [ Read more]

Win Two Tickets to an Advance Screening of Super Troopers 2 on Monday, April 16

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The Mill: Grand Cafe among Food & Wine’s Best Restaurants of the Year

Listed among Food & Wine’s 2018 Best Restaurants is none other than South Minneapolis French eatery, Grand Cafe. Led by chef and owner Jamie Malone, the quaint eatery tucked away on a residential stretch of Grand Avenue South has earned numerous nominations and accolades since Malone first joined forces with chef Erik Anderson in 2017 … [ Read more]

Step back in time with stories from Prohibition for National Beer Day

We have a very important announcement. Today, April 7, is National Beer Day in America. But this is no run-of-the-mill “National _____ Day” (although it also happens to be National No Housework Day, feel free to observe that as you wish), for this day stands in history as a crucial precursor to the full repeal … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Dixie

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: Dixie Age: 10 months Gender: Female Breed: Australian Shepherd mix Weight: 34 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Older kids only please House Trained: In progress Crate Trained: In progress Energy level: Moderate/High History: … [ Read more]

Vilcek Foundation to award $50,000 for immigrant culinary arts professionals

The Vilcek Foundation is awarding $50,000 to three immigrant culinary arts professionals for 2019’s Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise. Since 2009, the nonprofit has awarded Prizes for Creative Promise to encourage and support emerging immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional achievements. Awarded annually in biomedical science and in one rotating category of the arts, it was announced that … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: April 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, Managing Editor ■ Trabanco Cosecha Propia When considering the top cider regions in the world, France, England, and the East and West Coasts of the U.S. … [ Read more]

Firestone Walker (finally) comes to Minnesota

A bear and lion are soon to be uncaged in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, for the beers of Firestone Walker Brewing Company are set to roam free in Minnesota. The rollout of Firestone Walker beers will begin the week of April 16. To celebrate the launch, the Firestone Walker team will be visiting select … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Autumn

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: Autumn Age: DOB Approx. 10/14/16 Gender: Female Breed: Labrador Retriever/Mixed Weight: 45 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes House Trained: Yes Crate Trained: Yes Energy level: Moderate History: Pulled from … [ Read more]

10 Essential Items for a Minimalist Kitchen

If there’s a room in a person’s home that can go from zero to complete mess in no time flat, it’s the kitchen. Bottomless pots and pans, gadgets like dehydrators, immersion blenders, panini presses, waffle irons, and all those utensils—the amount of stuff in kitchens can be simply overwhelming. To clear out the clutter, we … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: March 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, Managing Editor ■ Boom Island Kriek Boom Island’s Spontaneous Series has yielded some of the state’s most complex wild ales and their latest offering, Kriek, continues the … [ Read more]

The Art of the Beer Fest Snacklace

 With a fresh wallop of snow on the ground (and more to come), we can expect dabblers to be dressed accordingly in sturdy winter boots, fuzzy gloves, and stocking caps for this year’s Winter Beer Dabbler. But the most important accessory to some beer fest goers—the snacklace. Made by innovative drinkers, these necklaces provide … [ Read more]

We made a Super Troopers 2 beer and you can help us name it!

It was a Super (Trooper) Tuesday at Barrel Theory. Erik Stolhanske—aka “Rabbit”—was in the house with The Growler crew for a special brew day on February 20 at Barrel Theory Beer Company in St. Paul. All the action streamed on Facebook Live, from sampling a glitterized “Snozz Project Dry Hopped Fruited Unicorn Sour” from “Mashmaker” … [ Read more]

Minnesota brewers keeping it classy at Winterfest 2018 [PHOTOS]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild‘s annual Winterfest returned to St. Paul’s Union Depot Saturday night for a sophisticated evening of beer drinking. In a new format this year, local restaurants were paired up with a group of Minnesota breweries, and brought one standout dish to complement their partners’ beer. Minnesota BBQ Company carved up some seriously … [ Read more]

Enter to win two tickets to the Winter Beer Dabbler 2018

The Growler is giving away five pairs of tickets—one each day, Monday through Friday—to the 9th Annual Winter Beer Dabbler on February 24 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Over 160 local and national breweries pouring 500 beers, plus live entertainment, a meat and cheese showcase, wine, and so much more. Trust us, you do not … [ Read more]