Calling all firebreathers, squires, and mermaids—the Minnesota Renaissance Festival wants you!

Each year, a wooded lot in Shakopee, Minnesota, is transformed into a medieval land of knights, fire-eaters, fairies, and mermaids. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is entering its 46th year and has grown into the largest Renaissance Festival in the U.S., drawing around 300,000 attendees. For those who have ever wondered how the festival finds its entertainers, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is … [ Read more]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2014

It’s just about Oktoberfest time, so break out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for these local events. Any other Oktoberfest events we should add to the list? Tweet us @growlermag. Friday, September 19 The new Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers in Uptown will be tapping a firkin with Lift Bridge at 6pm. $10 gets you a … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 9/20-9/22

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub’s 1st Anniversary, Oktoberfest celebrations, Surlyfest 2013, Fall Beer Tastings, and more this weekend. It’s the second weekend of Oktoberfest for most of Minnesota and it’s chalk full of local fall seasonals and German festivals. One of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations, Surlyfest, is sold out, but don’t despair. Take a read … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 9/13-9/15

Oktoberfest celebrations, ye olde giant turkey legs and family fun at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, grand opening specials at Hudson’s newest gastropub, and a 5k run make this weekend one to remember. Get out and enjoy the last few days of summer and welcome in the fall in grand fashion. Friday, September 13: Stone Tap … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Burning Brothers Brewing

Now Open or Damn Close Rounds Up the Latest Players in the Region’s Brewing Scene by Brian Kaufenberg Burning Brothers Brewing The offerings at the newest addition to St. Paul’s brewing scene are as unique as its founders. Dane Breimhorst and Thom Foss are professionally trained fire-eaters who performed for many years at the Minnesota Renaissance … [ Read more]