Bringing Baseball to Mexico: Fundraiser and Equipment Donation

On a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico, Jeff Cogbill saw a group of kids playing what he eventually realized was a version of baseball. Only instead of bats and balls and gloves, they had sticks and rocks bare hands. The sight upset the lifelong baseball lover and coach, especially as he thought … [ Read more]

Bells & Beers at FINNEGANS

Bells & Beers hits FINNEGANS again – kicking off FINNtoberfest! Get your Fall Fitness going STRONG with EDK Training and FINNEGANS on Saturday, September 22nd! Join the Bells & Beers Crew as we take over the FINNEGANS outdoor patio with this crazy-fun, instructional (and kick-butt) kettlebell training session – followed by a refreshing FINNEGANS post-workout … [ Read more]

Cheap beer and humility: Lessons from a 22-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip

The Grand Canyon is an amazing geologic feature. Cutting through the Colorado Plateau on its way to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River drains the western slope of the Southern Rockies and, over millions of years, has carved a 277-mile long, 6,000-foot deep chasm, at the bottom of which is one of the most … [ Read more]

Springbrook Autumn Sampler

Our 2nd Annual Springbrook Autumn Sampler will be on Friday, September 14th! Enjoy a night of tastings, giveaways, food samples—all while helping raise money for education opportunities at Springbrook Nature Center. Have great food and drinks, listen to music, and get the chance to win some items and support a great cause. The event will include … [ Read more]

Carsino Night

A fun filled evening at Alloy Brewing Company featuring “funny money” gaming tables, Family Feud, dinner, cash bar with Alloy brews, raffles & a silent auction! This is a fundraiser for non-profit Cars for Neighbors. Tickets are 100% tax deductible/nonrefundable; all proceeds will go to support Anoka County neighbors in need of car repair services … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 2018

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 ■ Summit Oktoberfest It’s my favorite season of the year: Oktoberfest. As I search for a beer to fill (and refill) my stein with during the … [ Read more]

Tasting Notes: All 27 new drinks at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 makes the biggest lineup of new craft beverages ever at the Minnesota State Fair. We sampled 27 new drinks—a wild array of beers, ciders, and wine cocktails made with fruits, vegetables, vanilla, sugar, spice, and everything Minnesota nice. Here are our tasting notes (listed alphabetically within each group). You can also find our Complete … [ Read more]

Union 32 Autumn Homebrew Competition

The winner will enjoy brewing their recipe in our brew house (with our brewmaster’s support). Once complete, your homebrew will be served on The Wall and all proceeds will be donated to the charity of your choice. Drop-off locations: – Northern Brewer: 1150 Grand Ave. St. Paul, 55105 – Midwest Supplies: 5825 Excelsior Blvd, St … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Bring on the Oktoberfests

With over 150 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email. … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

You can almost sense its arrival—the faraway hoofbeat of livestock, the clank of carnival rides, the waft of frier grease in the air. Yes, the Minnesota State Fair is upon us once again. You’re going to need a beer. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from … [ Read more]

Bells & Beers – LynLake Brewery 07.14.18

Bells & Beers takes over the LynLake Brewery Rooftop on Saturday, July 14. Get in your KB swings and post-workout pint swigs while soaking up the sun and enjoying the LynLake Brewery Rooftop views. Bad weather? No problem! We’ll move the session to the indoor taproom. Your registration includes a one-hour Kettlebell & Bodyweight Exercise workout … [ Read more]

State of Indianapolis Beer: Race in to try the Circle City’s best breweries

If there’s one thing Indianapolis likes to brag about—besides basketball and the Indy 500—it’s Hoosier hospitality. But the Circle City has created a new point of pride in its vibrant craft beer scene, which has grown exponentially over the last decade. Indianapolis boasts about 50 of the state’s 170 breweries and brewpubs, and visitors can … [ Read more]

Minnesota Breweries score gold, silver, and bronze at 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship

In a field of 6,300 beers representing 117 different styles, six Minnesota breweries took home eight total medals at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Breweries from around the world submitted to this year’s competition, the final round of which was judged at Quarter Barrel Brewery + Pub in Oxford, Ohio. The U.S. Open Beer … [ Read more]

Rosé all day not just for wine anymore

Rosé has grown to dominate the summer wine scene, but it hasn’t stopped there. The pink drink of choice has also inspired breweries and cideries to attempt to capture its floral, fruity flavors, resulting in a not-insignificant lineup of beers and ciders that are as delightful to look at as they are to drink. Wine-inspired … [ Read more]

Rooftop High Intensity Happy Hour – LynLake Brewery 05.30.18

Looking for a fun, unique way to get in your mid-week sweat sesh? We’ll be taking over the rooftop (and taking in the view!) at LynLake Brewery for 45 minutes of instructional Bodyweight Circuit Training, then cooling down after with a refreshing LLB craft brew! No equipment required for this bodyweight exercise class… Meet new … [ Read more]