Artist Profile: The Iconic Illustrations of Mark Herman

Mark Herman’s bright sunlit Minneapolis studio is covered in prints, sketchbooks, and miscellaneous artworks he’s thought up over the years. We’re sitting back in his cozy office, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with photographs, mementos, some of his own artwork, and books that he ironically doesn’t touch. “I’m a terrible student—horribly dyslexic, barely … [ Read more]

Bad Habit Brewing moving to St. Joseph’s old city hall

St. Joseph’s Bad Habit Brewing has some big changes in store for 2019. The brewery, which has called its downtown location home since opening in 2015, is moving its operation around the corner to the old city hall. “We’re looking at moving just for the sheer fact that we’re running out of room here,” says founder … [ Read more]

St. Paul artist Michael Iver Jacobsen named Surly’s 2018 Featured Artist

More than 120 artists threw their work in the ring to be this year’s featured artist for Surly Brewing Company. The winner: March 2017 Growler cover artist (and the artist behind the illustrations in the September issue’s Field Guide to Cider), Michael Iver Jacobsen. Jacobsen created the artwork for this year’s Darkness label (and the three Darkness … [ Read more]

The Twin Cities’ newest Scotch whisky bar is a Viking ship

Minnesotans interested in fine Scotch whisky have an unlikely, new bar to visit: a 30-foot viking longship in front of U.S. Bank Stadium. Throughout the 2018–19 Vikings football season, Highland Park—which hails from an island at the intersection of the Atlantic and the North Sea—will be doling out samples of its single-malt Scotch whisky in … [ Read more]

Thirsty Pagan Brewing moving to Superior’s Soo Line Railway Station

Superior, Wisconsin’s Thirsty Pagan Brewing has announced plans to move from its current space at 1623 Broadway Street to the Historic Soo Line Railway Station, a 110-year-old building also in Superior that has hosted a wide array of businesses since its construction in 1908. To date, the Soo Line Railway Station, located one block from … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 2: Cider in the Old World

You’re reading Chapter 2 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. The U.S. has been experiencing a boom in craft cider recently, but many of the practices employed by American cidermakers today are the result of traditions that span hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Let’s … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Slagle brings his bold aesthetic to ordinary life

Alot of lines.” This is the simple description Michael Slagle offers of his art, but the reality is much more complex. Delicate clouds and bright colors are interrupted by bold black lines, combining flatness and volume to alter the perspective from something recognizable to something more abstract. From bridges to flowers to farmlands, where most … [ Read more]

Tallgrass Brewing Co. indefinitely suspends operations, lays off employees

Kansas’ largest brewery announced Friday, August 24, the suspension of its production brewery, effective August 25. According to an article published August 24 by Brewbound, Tallgrass Brewing Company, based out of Manhattan, Kansas, and the makers of such popular brands as 8-Bit and Buffalo Sweat, has suspended operations indefinitely and laid off approximately 20 employees. … [ Read more]

“100 Years and Counting”: The next chapter of the Minnesota Museum of American Art

Racks stuffed with paintings, shelves holding all shapes and sizes of sculptures, and artist-designed furniture fill a fluorescent-lit warehouse. The sheer amount of art packed into this single room is nearly impossible to take in; to the untrained eye, it looks random and chaotic. But for the staff of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s Allianz Field to host the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Midway St. Paul’s Allianz Field has been selected as a host venue of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup next July. The Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Association of Football (CONCACAF) made the announcement Tuesday that the future home of Minnesota United FC, to be completed in February 2019, will be among 15 … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS House opens incubator for socially conscious entrepreneurs

A collaboration between two of the entrepreneurial programs housed at FINNEGANS‘ new Minneapolis home, the FINNovation Lab and Impact Hub MSP, is opening a collaborative workspace for socially-conscious startups and entrepreneurs at FINNEGANS House starting May 17. “We are very excited to open this inspiring environment within our new building and launch the next generation … [ Read more]

Minnesota State Fair announces final acts for this year’s Grandstand lineup

In natural Minnesotan fashion, we’re already looking past summer to the arrival of the Minnesota State Fair. We can’t help it! We’re gluttons for seasonal punishment (or just really love eating fried food among thousands of our closest friends.) With the announcement of the final three acts, the full 2018 Grandstand Concert Series has been … [ Read more]

Gavin Kaysen named Best Chef Midwest at 2018 James Beard Awards

Gavin Kaysen, chef and owner of Bellecour in Wayzata and Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, won big at the James Beard Awards ceremony on Monday night when he became the fifth Minnesota chef in history to be named Best Chef Midwest. In his acceptance speech, he credited his family with his decision to move back … [ Read more]

The Johnny Appleseed of South Minneapolis: Jeff Zeitler is planting a neighborhood urban orchard

Jeff Zeitler, co-owner of Urban Forage Winery & Cider House, isn’t your typical farmer. With a focus on what he calls “urban agriculture,” he strives to crowdsource all of his ingredients from the landscape around him. But urban areas have limited green space to grow fruit on a large scale, which is how he came … [ Read more]

Rose Street Patisserie to open St. Paul location

Linden Hills’ Rose Street Patisserie, the sister business to Patisserie 46, will extend across the river with a new St. Paul location this summer. The new location at the corner of Selby and Snelling will offer savory tartines, ham-and-cheese baguettes and croissants, and quiche, as well as sweet viennoiserie (breakfast pastries) including pain au chocolat, … [ Read more]