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]

Artist Profile: The offbeat patterns of collage artist Kara Sweeney

A piggy bank. A money tree. The ubiquitous flying cash emoji. That stock market line graph looking particularly bullish. The Statue of Liberty. A “loan shark.” These are all concepts that artist Kara Sweeney called upon as she created the cover for this month’s “Economics” issue. Her obvious jumping-off point was starting with the color green; … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus

Michael Byzewski isn’t quite sure how he landed on his aesthetic. “Bad luck? Love of cats? Anxiety issues? Probably a combination of all those, along with being attracted to mid-century, simple print ad design,” he says. The Minneapolis-based designer and illustrator works from his studio, Aesthetic Apparatus, where he’s produced pieces in both commercial and … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: Are Taprooms Killing Drinking Culture?

Can taprooms and bars coexist and both thrive? Do taprooms provide more options for drinkers or encourage more homogeneity? Is there a correlation between the growth of taprooms and the death of craft beer bars like The Muddy Pig and Ward 6? In order to get some answers, we went out drinking with two of … [ Read more]

Carpentry and Community at Women’s Woodshop

In a world that seems to be growing increasingly unstable, Jess Hirsch sees Women’s Woodshop as a much-needed escape for the community. “I think that people need a break, and need to come together over something that’s outside of themselves—and working with wood, it’s such a warm material, it has all these smells that are … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Brad Jirka & Katherine Jones

Before it even hit the printer, Brad Jirka and his wife/collaborative partner Katherine Jones spent upwards of 65 hours on the model for this cover. Between laying out the initial design and recreating it 40 different ways in the 3D printing software formZ, the design duo behind Northfield studio Bohemiawerks eventually came full-circle, landing on … [ Read more]

Bauhaus releases Minnesota’s first NA beer since Prohibition

Bauhaus Brew Labs is doing what no Minnesota brewery has done in nearly 100 years: releasing a non-alcoholic beer. Not since Prohibition has a locally made NA beer been available in Minnesota. Bauhaus’ take is based on their Homeguys Helles Lager, and is crafted with help from St. Paul-based upstart ABV Technology. The result, according … [ Read more]

Frontside 180: JXTA Arts turning vacant lot into a youth-designed art plaza and skatepark

At the corner of Emerson and Broadway in North Minneapolis lies a small vacant lot in an otherwise bustling neighborhood. Though it may look empty and idle, the site is actually in the midst of a radical metamorphosis from a gravel lot into a youth-designed art plaza and skatepark. Previously the home of youth arts organization Juxtaposition … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The clean, striking designs of Matt Erickson

Matt Erickson has mastered the basic rule of K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple Stupid. At just 27 years old, the graphic designer and artist has honed a refreshingly sparse style—one that can be seen everywhere from labels on Jack Daniels bottles to bags of Caribou Coffee to the mural inside the Uptown Minneapolis Target store.  Erickson’s … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Tymkrs and the Art of Circuitry

Left, the original artwork for The Growler’s Issue 61 cover by Sarah Petkus. Right is the rendition of the same artwork for the badge design by Tymkrs For us commoners, the inner workings of a circuit board are miles over our heads. Most days we’re lucky to manage screwing in a light bulb without any … [ Read more]

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]