Drink these Minnesota-made 2016 gold medal wines

The Growler was on hand to help judge the 2016 International Cold Climate Wine Competition. We’ve found that the quality of cold-hardy wines has grown exponentially in the last five or six years. Local wineries are accruing a much better grasp on growing and bottling these new wine grape varieties that are suited to the upper Midwest. Our … [ Read more]

Four Daughters Loon Juice

Four Daughters Winery Loon Juice 6% ABV This local cider is currently only available in five-liter kegs as well as bombers, but will soon be available in six-pack cans just in time for warm weather. An impressive amount of carbonation and a bright-yellow body sends a clear message: “Drink me…now!” The dry apple scent combines … [ Read more]

Apples to Apple Cider: Minnesota’s craft cider takes root

Minnesota’s craft cider scene is growing. The sweeter cousin of craft beer contains a similar alcohol by volume, but with the nose-tickling bubbles of dry champagne. While not out of place next to Surly or Indeed’s latest seasonal on draft, cider is actually created in a process that has more in common with making wine than … [ Read more]