Cider Salutation: Yoga at Sociable

The hour-long Vinyasa class will be lead by instructor Sofia Lorraine. Beginners and advanced are all warmly welcome.

The $25 entry fee includes a one-hour yoga class plus one flight of cider. Plus, resident food truck Red River Kitchen will be cooking up some delicious brunch menu’s that will be accompanied by “cidermosas” and cider bloody’s.

Space is limited, pre-registration is strongly encouraged; drop-ins welcome (as space allows), mats not provided.

Cider Salutation: Yoga at Sociable

The hour-long Vinyasa class will be lead by instructor Sofia Lorraine. Beginners and advanced are all warmly welcome.

The $25 entry fee includes a one-hour yoga class plus one flight of cider. Plus, resident food truck Red River Kitchen will be cooking up some delicious brunch menu’s that will be accompanied by “cidermosas” and cider bloody’s.

Space is limited, pre-registration is strongly encouraged; drop-ins welcome (as space allows), mats not provided.

Cider Salutation: Yoga at Sociable

The hour-long Vinyasa class will be lead by instructor Sofia Lorraine. Beginners and advanced are all warmly welcome.

The $25 entry fee includes a one-hour yoga class plus one flight of cider. Plus, resident food truck Red River Kitchen will be cooking up some delicious brunch menu’s that will be accompanied by “cidermosas” and cider bloody’s.

Space is limited, pre-registration is strongly encouraged; drop-ins welcome (as space allows), mats not provided.

Cider Salutation: Yoga at Sociable

The hour-long Vinyasa class will be lead by instructor Sofia Lorraine. Beginners and advanced are all warmly welcome.

The $25 entry fee includes a one-hour yoga class plus one flight of cider. Plus, resident food truck Red River Kitchen will be cooking up some delicious brunch menu’s that will be accompanied by “cidermosas” and cider bloody’s.

Space is limited, pre-registration is strongly encouraged; drop-ins welcome (as space allows), mats not provided.

The Draft Horse begins Sunday brunch service April 2

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The Draft Horse begins Sunday brunch service this weekend, April 2nd, from 10am-2pm. The restaurant in Northeast’s Food Building is known for their use of products from just down the hall—at Red Table Meats, Baker’s Field Bread and Flour, and The Lone Grazer (RIP). Those products are, naturally, to be found all over their new brunch menu (below). And hey – looks like another sighting of kernza!

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Tongue In Cheek adds weekday brunch menu

Here's Johnny at Tongue In Cheek

Here’s Johnny at Tongue In Cheek

Beginning next Wednesday, June 15, Tongue In Cheek on Payne Avenue will expand its brunch service to five days a week. Wednesdays through Fridays from 11am-2pm, patrons will be able to order pork belly hash, Belgian waffles, and new dishes like Here’s Johnny (pictured above), a pork rillettes eggs Benedict.

A special brunch package will also be available—an eye opener cocktail, two teasers, an entree and a coffee for $25. Brunch will continue to be served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am–2pm.


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What We’re Drinking: Early April Edition

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Paulaner Hefeweizen in Munich, Germany // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch’s On The Lake – John Garland, Senior Editor 

Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch's On The Lake // Photo by Taryn Verley

Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch’s On The Lake // Photo by Taryn Verley

I’m pretty sure that half of my high school class at one point held a summer job at Billy’s Lighthouse on Long Lake. I remember Billy’s as mediocre in every way. Food? Meh. Service? It was my stupid high school chums, so yeah, pretty terrible.

Thank goodness Birch’s On The Lake has reinvigorated that space. The space is cozy and the food is better than the brewpub average. Make sure to stop there for brunch and get the walleye benedict and huevos rancheros.

But before that, start your Sunday off right with their coffee chocolate golden ale—a beer that’s as confusing as it is delicious. It smells like cocoa nibs, the first taste is a light morning blend coffee, but then it finishes like robust golden ale, just the way it looks. The only beer I can think of in this same vein is Goose Island’s Fulton St. Blend, and  I can’t think of a better breakfast beer in the Cities.

Brooklyn Defender IPA – Keith Grauman, Web Editor

Brooklyn Defender IPA // Photo by Keith Grauman

Brooklyn Defender IPA // Photo by Keith Grauman

It’s finally time for me to get something off my chest: I own the movie “Alien vs. Predator,” paid actual real money for it, and wholeheartedly enjoy watching it, which I have done more times than I can count and as recently as late 2015.

If you’re still reading this, my sincerest thanks. Most people slowly back away from me while maintaining trepidatious eye contact after I reveal this little-known detail of my life. But what does one of modern cinema’s greatest achievements have to do with Brooklyn Brewery’s Defender IPA? Glad you asked.

This beer brings together two of my favorite things in life: Aliens and Predators. (Wait, no, sorry, once I get AVP on the brain it’s hard for me to switch gears.) Beer and comics, that’s it. I was just as delighted to see the return of Brooklyn Defender as I was the first time I saw the silhouette of a camouflaged Predator creep out of the shadows and come mouth to mouth (to smaller, extendable mouth) with an Alien.

So, who is the masked hero that graces the beer’s label and gives it its name? I’ll let Brooklyn Brewery explain: “The Defender is constantly vigilant, standing guard over all those who dare to create, to dream, and to drink great beer.”

As it has been for the past several years, the beer was brewed in collaboration with New York Comic Con to serve as the official beer of the convention. This year’s label art comes courtesy of Khary Randolph, whose previous credits include work on Spider-Man, X-Men, Hellboy, and Boondocks. In the past, according to Brooklyn’s website, the beer has taken the form of an amber IPA, “darkly hoppy ale,” and a red IPA, but this year it’s a juicy, 6.7% ABV West Coast-style IPA.

Pouring a reddish-amber with an off-white head that quickly dissipates, Defender bursts with hop aromas of melon, citrus, and pine. But just like many modern vigilantes, the real hero of this beer lurks in the shadows, rarely getting the recognition it deserves: the malt bill, which consists of Pilsner, Crisp, CaraRed, and Crystal. Each sip leaves you with just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more, and while the Pilgrim, Willamette, Cascade, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops are ever-present, you’re not left with a tongue that feels like it needs to be scraped off.

Defender is now a year-round beer for Brooklyn, and is currently on store shelves.

Summit Brewing Company 30th Anniversary Double IPA – Ellen Burkhardt, Associate Editor

Summit Brewing 30th Anniversary Double IPA // Photo via Summit's Facebook

Summit Brewing 30th Anniversary Double IPA // Photo via Summit’s Facebook

Spring is temperamental. It wafts in on warm breezes and happy sunshine one moment, then blasts you with freezing rain and a foot of snow the next. It’s bitter yet bright, intense yet smooth. It packs a punch while simultaneously soothing our winter-inflicted wounds.

Summit’s 30th Anniversary Double IPA has a lot in common with Minnesota spring. It’s bitter on the sip, immediately triggering a lemon-sour reaction from the tongue, but then soothes that zing with a more mild-mannered body that’s smooth and full. The nose is crisp and balanced, with hop aromas and biscuity malts coming through. It warms you up while waking you up, then uses its 8.5% ABV to help you settle in for the long haul of waiting for summer.

Bavarian beer straight from the source – Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor

Bavarian Beers

Paulaner hefeweizen, Augustiner fastenbier, and Hobräu dunkel // Photos by Brian Kaufenberg

I’ve always had an affinity towards German beer styles, so my trip to Munich, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria, was a veritable pilgrimage for me. Unsurprisingly, beer served straight from the source tasted more delicious than the imports I enjoyed back in the U.S. Sure, the atmosphere inside the bustling beer halls filled with stein-hoisting waiters, giant pretzels, and polka bands certainly added to the subjective enjoyment of the beer, but more importantly the beer was fresh and served at the right temperature.

The hefeweizen at Paulaner was zestier with more fragrant esters than any I’d ever had before. The malts in the dunkel at Hofbräuhaus asserted themselves, thanks to being served a few degrees warmer than most American beer. The fastenbier and Märzen poured straight from oak barrels at Augustiner Bräustübl in Salzburg had the soft, fine carbonation expected of cask conditioned ale.

Only centuries of brewing can make such outstanding beer seem so effortless.

Brunch at Burch starts September 20

Glorious news for the weekenders of Lowry Hill: Burch Restaurant will begin Sunday brunch service on September 20th. This will be the first brunch service at any of Issac Becker’s lauded restaurants (112 Eatery, Bar La Grassa) and will feature classics like waffles, eggs Benedict, and steak and eggs (naturally), alongside veal Parmesan, shrimp rolls and banh mi.

[H/T Star Tribune]

 

 

Weekend Events Roundup: June 15th & 16th

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Lots of event going on this weekend! From Rock the Garden to The St. Paul Summer Beer Festival, there’s too much to do and too little time.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can plan for this weekend:

Saturday, June 15th:

11AM – 1:30 PM: Kegs & Eggs Beer Brunch || Stout’s Pub, Falcon Heights

Join Stout’s Pub for the official St Paul Summer Beer Fest Pre-Party with their KEGS & EGGS BEER BRUNCH! A full buffet of brunch favorites featuring Summit beer used in nearly every dish! What a great way to start your day for the St. Paul Summer Beer Festival right next door at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $12.95 (get a free pint of Summit when you purchase in advance!) Limited availability!

2 – 10PM: Harriet Brewing Summer Picnic Breakdown || Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis

Join Harriet Brewing for an electric summer picnic with bands like God Johnson, Nathan Miller & Unstoppable Co., Frogleg and Jeff Ray & Hurricane Harold. Multiple food truck options will be available. Music will start at 2pm and go till 10pm. Stop in for an afternoon and evening of beer, art, food & music. Facebook page here.

2 – 6PM: St. Paul Summer Beer Festival || MN State Fair Grounds, St. Paul

The 5th Annual St. Paul Summer Beer Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds with more breweries, food and music. If jam bands float your boat, The Big Wu will be playing this year. Grab your pretzels, your lanyards and your bad self and head on over to the Fairgrounds.

3 – 10:30PM: Rock The Garden 2013 || Walker Art center, Minneapolis

Rock the Garden 2013 takes place at the Walker on Saturday, June 15 for about 10,000 folks gathered on the grassy hill next to the gallery. More tickets have been made available on 89.3 The Current through Etix (they previously sold out only hours after opening ticket sales a few weeks ago).

Sunday, June 16th:

4 – 9 PM: Father’s Day Dinner with Boom Island Beer and The Chowgirls || The Chowgirls Parlor, Minneapolis

Make Dad happy with two of his favorite things:  beef and beer! Bring him to this Heavy Table feast featuring locally produced, grass-fed beef of  Thousand Hills Cattle Company and the Belgian-inspired local craft brews of the Boom Island Brewing Company. The grown-up menu by Chowgirls Killer Catering will please dads and moms alike, and their special kids’ menu will make the youngsters happy, too. Choose from two seatings: 4:00PM or 6:30PM.

Call Chowgirls for tickets (their online ticketing system does not appear to be working as of 4:55PM, June 12th). A portion of the proceeds from this meal will support Open Arms of Minnesota.

 

 

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20