What We’re Drinking: May 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. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief Ursa Minor El Jefe American Sour Ale For such a young brewery, Duluth’s Ursa Minor is showing off some real maturity with its El Jefe American … [ Read more]

Win Two Tickets to CLINK! Minnesota’s Largest Local Wine Pop-Up Shop

CLINK! is Minnesota’s largest one-day “pop-up wine shop.” Hosted at Saint Paul’s Union Depot on Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 6pm, you could win two tickets to the premiere event. CLINK! brings wineries from across the state under a single roof. There’s wine sampling, savory perfectly paired foods, and you can buy up to … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2019

There’s nothing like a long, brutal winter to make a Minnesotan dream of escape. It’s been a lifetime, it seems, of scraping and shoveling and waddling along icy sidewalks like a penguin, shoulders hunched, lips chapped, cursing your hardy ancestors who thought this might be a good locale to set up shop. To make things … [ Read more]

Growler Giveaway: Sign Up For A Chance To Win A Pair Of Tickets to the Hopped Up Caribou Festival in Lutsen, Minnesota

Join homegrown brewing Heroes-handpicked for their mastery of the craft and bravery in the face of homogenization on the mountain above Lake Superior. Share Stories. Sample new recipes. And save humanity from itself, one glass at a time. Grab a friend and head up to Minnesota’s North Shore for the 9th annual Hopped Up Caribou … [ Read more]

Four Minnesotans are 2019 James Beard finalists

The finalists for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced from Houston this morning, and four Minnesotans have punched their ticket to the awards galas. They are: Best Chef Midwest Ann Kim, Young Joni (See: Kim chats with Steve Hoffman about KFC and Kimchi) Jamie Malone, Grand Cafe (See: Steve Hoffman’s interview with Malone and … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: April 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. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief Ferme de Beau Soleil Cidre Fermier Breton Bio As a lover of Old World ciders, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all the imported ciders I’m … [ Read more]

Three Minnesota breweries among the top 50 in the U.S.

Three Minnesota breweries are on the Brewers Association’s annual lists of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the U.S. and the 50 top overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Summit Brewing Company, August Schell Brewing Company, and Surly Brewing Company came in at 24th, 25th, and 34th, respectively, … [ Read more]

Growler Giveaway: Sign Up For A Chance To Win A Private Happy Hour Party at FINNEGANS

In the same spirit that buys a pint for a lad down on his luck, FINNEGANS believes in helping those in need. That’s why they donate every penny of their profits to the FINNEGANS Community Fund. What better reason to raise a pint or two? Or 12? The company aims to be a leader in social … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: March 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. John Garland, Deputy Editor Clutch Outta’ Style Cream Pale Ale I’m a sucker for cream ales. Despite the name, these beers do not contain lactose (unlike basically every other … [ Read more]

Two Minnesota Distilleries Awarded Best of Class at 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards

Medalists for the 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards were announced Monday, February 11, at the annual ACSA Distillers’ Convention & Vendor Trade Show, hosted this year at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The awards are divided into seven categories—Brandy, Gin, Rum, Specialty Spirits, Vodka & Grain, Whiskey, and Innovation (a new category in 2019, recognizing … [ Read more]

Enter for a chance to win an Icehouse from Clam Outdoors

For over 30 years Clam Outdoors has stood for the best in outdoor gear. Customers claim the name means dependable, durable, and tough. That’s important, because no one wants to be out in the field or on the ice and have a problem with their gear. Quality is Clam’s top priority, and it’s reflected in … [ Read more]

There’s no tomato juice in our new favorite bloody mary mix

Special alert for those of you starting Big Game Sunday with a morning cocktail: we have a new favorite bloody mix. Most bloody marys, you’re no doubt aware, are thick mouthfuls of unseasoned tomato sludge that you tolerate just long enough to eat the garnish. That’s why we’re digging Miss Mary’s: it’s a much lighter … [ Read more]

Growler Giveaway: Sign Up For A Chance To Win A Guitar From Twin Town Guitars

Twin Town Guitars is first and foremost a music store by and for musicians. This month, you could win a Fender Newporter Classic in Cosmic Turquoise with a gig bag ($900 value). Founded in August 1997, and owned by Andrew and Carrie Bell, the vision for the shop is simple: Get it done honestly, quickly, correctly, … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: The Great Cheap Beer Debate – February 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. Here at the Growler, we believe there’s a time and place for every drink. Wine, liquor, N/A options, hard seltzer—even macro beers. Sure, we don’t talk about it … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: Should A Craft Distillery Purchase Already-Made Spirits?

The term “craft” is ambiguous at best. This is especially true when it comes to the world of spirits. With the surge of smaller-scale distilleries taking root in Minnesota and beyond, more attention is being paid to not just the final bottled product but the ingredients used to make it. Several spirits companies purchase neutral … [ Read more]