Lowertown Letdown: Birch’s now the second brewery in the neighborhood up for sale

St. Paul brewpub Birch’s Lowertown has been listed for sale, just over one calendar year after they opened for business in the neighborhood’s Market House Collaborative building. The Growler became aware of Birch’s Lowertown’s intention to sell their brewery via a classified ad listing on ProBrewer, an industry-insider resource. The short ad, credited by name … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 12welve Eyes Brewing

Three friends, three pairs of thick-rimmed glasses, and one pipe dream. Elliot Grosse, Dalton Buchta, and Karl Eicher have been friends since they were waiting at their suburban St. Paul bus stop. A decade later, the men were still goofing around together, though they’d moved from the playground to a homebrew system. Beer eventually transformed the … [ Read more]

Joshua Redman and Emmet Cohen added to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival lineup

The 19th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is stacked with a stellar music lineup, as saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Emmet Cohen are added to the bill. Redman and Cohen will join the bill that includes pianist McCoy Tyner, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen with Choro Aventuroso, and Minnesota-native Bobby Lyle, according to a … [ Read more]

Escape MSP opens new Lowertown St. Paul location

Clocks, locks, and incriminating evidence—sounds like a TV show thriller, right? Well, as of January 26, it’s a new business venture opening up in St. Paul. For those who enjoy mystery, secrecy, and mental puzzles, Escape MSP is a heart-racing experience that also focuses on team building. “We’re absolutely excited,” Chris Rennie, marketing manager for … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Alex Kuno

Grapes. As simple as these small globular berries are on the outside, the historical nature of the juices inside run much deeper. For Greek and Roman civilization, wine was more than just a fermented drink—it was godly. Dionysus (the Greek god of wine) and Bacchus (the Roman equivalent) are associated with grape harvesting, winemaking, drunkenness, … [ Read more]

The Saintly Season: St. Paul Saints manager George Tsamis reflects on a record-setting year at CHS Field

George Tsamis spent part of one glorious season in the major leagues, pitching for the 1993 Minnesota Twins. That was nearly a generation before Target Field opened, with the Twins still toiling in the dingy but uniquely lovable Metrodome. Tsamis bounced around the minor leagues for a few years after that stint with the Twins … [ Read more]

Lowertown Low Down: Saint Dinette and More

The Strip Club Meat & Fish Photos by Daniel Murphy Lowertown Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Everything about the space at 261 East Fifth Street in Lowertown St. Paul feels optimistic. The white walls ascend to high ceilings supported by three palatial columns—stoic symbols looking disused, aching for new life. Tall windows look across Wall Street … [ Read more]

Grammy Winner Diane Reeves and Branford Marsalis to Headline Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014

By Brian Kaufenberg Summer may be months away, but the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is giving jazz enthusiasts and winter-weary Minnesotans reason to rejoice today. The 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held in Lowertown St. Paul’s Mears Park, announced that Grammy Award winning vocalist Diane Reeves and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis from the … [ Read more]

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