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]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

You can almost sense its arrival—the faraway hoofbeat of livestock, the clank of carnival rides, the waft of frier grease in the air. Yes, the Minnesota State Fair is upon us once again. You’re going to need a beer. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 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 ■ Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA The fervor around this Decorah, Iowa-based brewery is a bit staggering. With special releases selling out in an instant and … [ Read more]

Minnesota Breweries score gold, silver, and bronze at 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship

In a field of 6,300 beers representing 117 different styles, six Minnesota breweries took home eight total medals at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Breweries from around the world submitted to this year’s competition, the final round of which was judged at Quarter Barrel Brewery + Pub in Oxford, Ohio. The U.S. Open Beer … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win Six All-Inclusive Tickets to Valleyfair

With more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ premiere amusement park. The park was created and built by two local businessmen who wanted to provide entertainment for the entire family. In August of 1974, construction of Valleyfair began. When the park opened in 1976, it included extensive land development, rides, attractions, … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Sammy

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: Sammy Age: DOB approx. 08/05/17 Gender: Male Breed: Retriever / Terrier / Mixed (medium coat) Weight: 40 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: Yes Kid friendly: Yes House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes (but does … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Freddie Mercury

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: Freddie Mercury Age: DOB approx. 7/18/08 Gender: Male Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier (short coat) Weight: 55 lbs Dog friendly: No Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes (but doesn’t live with any) House trained: … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: July 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 ■ Aval Cidre Artisanal Aval’s sole offering is a semi-dry cider that transports you to the Brittany coast of France where it’s made using … [ Read more]

The Beers and Icons of Pride Dabbler 2018

Dabblers, unite! Friday, June 22, the Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride makes its way back to Loring Park for the seventh year of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and craft beverages. This year’s theme  is “Icon,” and each of the 53 participating Minnesota breweries and cideries will craft a special beer or cider inspired by … [ Read more]

News from the Travail Universe: New building, PAMP Brewpub, BBQ details

The ever-expanding Travail Gastronomic Universe (TGU) has announced plans for the their next spate of blockbusters. Here are the broad strokes: Minnesota BBQ Company opening this August Kale Thome has been with the TGU since 2010, and the Wichita, Kansas, native will soon open the long-awaited Minnesota BBQ Company at 816 Lowry Avenue in Northeast … [ Read more]

Grrrowler of the Month: Sabine

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: Sabine Age: 4 years Gender: Female Breed: Labrador Retriever / Hound (short coat) Weight: 30 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: Yes (considerate and calm children only, she is frightened with … [ Read more]