In this Issue

Cover photo by Tj Turner of Greta McLain's mural.

Cover photo by Tj Turner of Greta McLain’s mural.

Letter from the editor

Dear Readers,

The Twin Cities lost a legend on October 6, when Hans “Zee Beer Guy” Lofgren passed away unexpectedly. Hanszee was one-of-a-kind, a man of grand stature, both figuratively and physically. He was truly a gentle giant, a sheep in wolf’s clothing, whose might was always aimed at making the world a better place.

In addition to being an early and enthusiastic supporter of the magazine, Hans was also a living, breathing embodiment of The Growler lifestyle. With an earnest curiosity and a lust for life, Hans was a fervent supporter of local beer, food, culture, and community. A decades-long veteran of the beer business, Hans was a man about town and always made an impression on those who crossed his path.

The camaraderie and compassion that Hans brought to this community is a true inspiration to me. His memory will remind us to be kinder and more empathetic, to be more patient with the world than our smartphones have trained us to be, and to give back to the communities that have given to us. We all need be more like Hanszee.

Our “Do-Goodery” issue is dedicated to those among us who see the challenges that face our world and roll up their sleeves and get to work instead of looking the other way. This one is for Hanszee, and all those who follow in his massive, philanthropic footprints.

Cheers,

Joseph Alton
Editor-in-Chief

P.S. If you want to learn more about who Hanszee was and how you can help support his family in this trying time, please visit growlermag.com/hanszee.

Culture

Greta McLain works on a hallway mural // Photo by Tj Turner

Greta McLain works on a hallway mural // Photo by Tj Turner

Artist Profile
Greta McLain of GoodSpace murals
By Kate Murphy

Many Hands Make Light Work
Nonprofit coordinators motivate volunteers to accomplish the greater mission
By Shelia Regan

Craft Culture: Worker B
A local duo has transformed their skincare product into a support system for sustainable beekeepers
By Morgan Mercer

Their Story Is Our Story
Veterans are finding an unconventional voice to share their stories of service
By J.A. Moad II

A Dad, A Record Label, A Musical Mission
Scott Herald’s nonprofit Rock The Cause is changing lives through music
By Simone Cazares, 89.3 The Current

Good For You
Tips for caring for yourself so you have more energy for others
By Elizabeth Mallard

Crossword Puzzle
Clues and Solution
By Victor Barocas and Andrew Ries

Drink

Ryan Mihm, of FINNEGANS Brew Co. // Photo by Tj Turner

Ryan Mihm, of FINNEGANS Brew Co. // Photo by Tj Turner

Brewer Profile
Ryan Mihm. FINNEGANS Brew Co.
By Monique Kleinhuizen

Spirits Close-Up
Herbal Liqueur
By John Garland

Craft Cocktail
The Jackalope at The Velveteen
By Brian Kaufenberg 

What We’re Drinking
November 2017
By Growler Staff

 

Food

Tofu bibimbap made by Eddie Wu at Urban Roots // Photo by Wing Ta

Tofu bibimbap made by Eddie Wu at Urban Roots // Photo by Wing Ta

Minnesota Spoon: Just Eddie Being Eddie
Bibimbap, Urban Roots, and Eddie Wu
By Steve Hoffman

From Eat Street To Food Desert
Nonprofits aim to fix a broken food system in the Twin Cities
By Julie Kendrick

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