3 Minnesota Cideries take home awards from U.S. Cider Open

Three Minnesota cideries took home awards from the sixth annual U.S. Open Cider Championships, with the final round of judging held in Buffalo, New York. Duluth’s newest craft cideries shined. In the Perry & Pear Cider category, Wild State Cider won bronze with their Pear Cider, while Duluth Cider garnered a gold medal in the Anything Goes … [ Read more]

New brewpub, Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery, coming to Maple Plain

Maple Plain will soon be getting its very own brewpub, The Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery. Complete with house-brewed beer, guest taps, a full food menu, and a house cocktail program, the project located at 1500 Howard Avenue is led by wife-husband duo Mary and Todd Murley, with Todd working as the head brewer. For … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Designing the written word with Anne Ulku

Anne Ulku just wants you to feel something. As a designer and illustrator, she’s made a name for herself through her work with brands ranging from small local startups to national companies like Apple, HP, and Nickelodeon. Her deft use of bright color, eccentric design, and interpretive typography flows together in a way that lends … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: The Surprisingly Uplifting World of Taxidermy

Speaking solely from personal experience, my basic notions of taxidermy have historically gone arm-in-arm with sport hunting, starting at the army of deer mounts lining the walls of the northern Wisconsin bar I recently found myself in (28 heads!) and ending with the tragic tale of Cecil the lion.  But the practice stretches far beyond … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The world’s an endless sea of collaging opportunity for Ben DiNino

Ben DiNino has an obsession with stuff. He says his partner would readily refer to his collection as a certified hoarding habit, especially after making frequent moves around the U.S. before settling down in Minneapolis six years ago. But to him, it’s just an endless sea of collaging opportunity.  “Recently I’ve been trying not to … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Kurt Seaberg uses lithography to protect our wild places

Like the tranquil lakes and forest scenes depicted in his lithographs, Kurt Seaberg is as soft-spoken and reflective as they come. He considers each of his words carefully, speaking in the measured, quiet manner of someone who’s spent much of his time among nature. Since he was young, he says he’s leaned on artistic creation … [ Read more]

How to Social Media Outside Without Ruining Everything: A step-by-step guide

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  You’ve got to hand it to her: Mother Nature is photogenic as hell. She knows her angles, doesn’t have a bad side, and looks flawless in every light. We should all be so lucky to have … [ Read more]

Now Open: Minneapolis Cider Co.

The mission statement behind Minneapolis Cider Co. is simple: “Welcome to cider.” “We put it on our glassware, we talk about it, that is our guiding ethos in everything that we do,” says co-owner Jason Dayton. “It’s about: how do we enthusiastically welcome people to the category, and how do we guide our work every … [ Read more]

BlackStack brings in a familiar face to head new mixed-culture beer program

BlackStack Brewing, which opened in 2017 in Midway, is starting up its own mixed culture program, with an established sour brewer at the helm: Mat Waddell, the former head brewer and co-owner of Wild Mind Artisan Ales. After selling his interest in Wild Mind and announcing his departure from the company at the start of … [ Read more]

Wander North Distillery closing its cocktail lounge, moving production operations

After five years at their Northeast location, Wander North Distillery is closing its cocktail lounge and moving its production to a smaller facility. “Wander North will still be in business,” said founder Brian Winter in the official announcement. “After five years, though, it was time to step back and evaluate what we’ve been doing.” Winter … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: John Bosley’s iconic illustrations take viewers on a road trip across the Midwest

People outside of the Midwest generally don’t pay much mind to the region, brushing it off as nothing more than flyover country. But we Midwesterners know that there’s so much more held within our states than meets the sky, from awe-inspiring natural landscapes to small, local landmarks deeply beloved by a lucky few.  Cover artist … [ Read more]

Think Sunny Thoughts: Rock the Garden announces its 2019 lineup

Yes, there may be a mid-April snowstorm rapidly barreling toward us, threatening to dampen our spring fever and trigger our freshly dormant seasonal depression. But! The Current and the Walker Art Center have announced a stellar lineup for this year’s Rock the Garden on June 29, blessing us with something nice and warm to hold … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Mark Rivard’s unconventional path to a life of art and advocacy

If anyone’s learned how to take dire circumstances and spin them into gold, it’s Mark Rivard, who used a series of misfortunes to set the stage for a successful career that’s brought him around the world intersecting art, business, education, and advocacy.  It began in 2004 in his mom’s basement, of all places. Rivard had … [ Read more]

Bridging the Gap: Maggie Thompson uses art to navigate a contemporary Native American identity

I’m sitting on a cushy red couch in Maggie Thompson’s sunbathed studio in the Northrup King Building of Northeast Minneapolis. The space is laden with virtually every agent of textile art imaginable: a giant knitting machine is surrounded by several smaller sewing machines, scraps of cloth, folded bolts of fabric, and large, vibrant spools of … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Secondhand ethos, first-class fashion at Tandem Vintage

We humans are in dire need of an intervention—at the rate we’re going, there are simply too many of us creating too much waste for our earth to continue sustaining our buying habits. From our landfills to the flotillas of detritus in our oceans, we are virtually drowning in our own stuff. Rather than carrying … [ Read more]