Blended Burger Project: How can chopped mushrooms improve a hamburger?

This month we’ve been intrigued by interesting vegetables—when restaurants use them in new, novel, and unexpected ways. The James Beard Foundation has an idea along those lines: put them in a burger. The Blended Burger Project, now in its second year, encourages restaurants to blend chopped mushrooms into their hamburgers (up to 25% of the patty … [ Read more]

Better Beer Society wants to help your favorite watering hole serve beer better

The Better Beer Society’s name pretty much sums up its mission: to help make craft beer better. The main way they accomplish this task is through education, working directly with retailers to ensure everyone on staff is well-versed in beer styles, history, service, and food pairings (for retailers), and branding, marketing, operational and sales strategies, … [ Read more]

The Book Dabbler: AWP 2015 Off-Site Events

The Book Dabbler, here, keeping you up-to-date on all the beer-friendly off site readings for this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in the Twin Cities. Your favorite taprooms and beer bars will be full of literary people from all over the country. So make sure to get out and enjoy some ales … [ Read more]

The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: We’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Blooms of Summer

Summer is in full swing and so too are all things that bloom. Therefore, it’s only fitting that you get out of the house this week to enjoy the sunshine, as well as the scents and sounds of summer, and to attend the events featured below. The events were all chosen because they represent or … [ Read more]

Arts MN: TU Dance, Live Plays, and Mother’s Day

By Naomi Crocker Although I’m not usually one for holidays that don’t involve a federally mandated vacation day, I couldn’t help but highlight events this week that relate to Mothers’ Day. Specifically, the events reflect both qualities of and issues that were important to the various mothers (my own mother, aunts, grandmothers, friends’ moms, and … [ Read more]

This Week in Arts MN: Superhuman Dance Moves, China’s Indie Rock Subculture, and a One-Man Odyssey

In honor of our progression into the double-digit dates of March—and hopefully into spring weather at last!—we focus this week on all things double. Dancers that double as stunt artists, a two-for-one concert and Kickstarter event, performances that present and contrast artists from two cultures (Chinese and American, as well as Irish and American), and … [ Read more]

Bowling and Craft Beer: A Minnesota Metro Roundup

There are at least a dozen good reasons why The Big Lebowski was destined to achieve cult status. First, the Halloween costumes it inspires are both easy to put together and always appreciated by cinephile party-goers. Then there’s the fact that drinking White Russians is practically a requirement during viewing (though, replace that with a chocolate … [ Read more]

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Holiday Theater (and Your Best Beer Bets Nearby)

By Juliana Bryarly A look at the many seasonal theater offerings and the best beer bets nearby Long lines, present purchasing, and marketing madness can instigate that holiday havoc. Avoid stressing over the small details and remember to enjoy the season by dedicating an afternoon or evening for a live holiday performance and a beer. … [ Read more]

Like Live Music? These venues have beer lists to love.

By Liz Scholz As craft beer continues to grow in the Twin Cities, so does its presence at our favorite bars, but what about at our favorite music venues? For the musically discerning craft beer aficionado, many Twin Cities evening excursions entail a compromise between jams and suds: Do you pick a destination based on … [ Read more]