Now Open (Or Damn Close): 3rd Act Craft Brewery in Woodbury

Thanksgiving week 2018 was a historic one for the town of Woodbury, Minnesota. This eastern suburb of St. Paul that nearly 70,000 people call home is finally home to its first brewery. 3rd Act Craft Brewery, the brainchild of Woodbury resident and longtime homebrewer Steve Long and his wife Deb Long, quietly opened its doors … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Half Pint Brewing Company in Waseca

It doesn’t take long when leaving downtown Waseca to find yourself among farm fields and woodland. But drive just far enough on the dirt road that turns from County Road 10 into 150th Street and you’ll come across a farm unlike any others in the area. A small hopyard stands adjacent to a house atop … [ Read more]

How a Two-Cent Postcard Inspired Dr. Cora Johnstone Best to Climb the World’s Greatest Mountains

The world’s first postcard was issued nearly 150 years ago in October 1869, according to the internet. Nothing more than a card mailed without an envelope, they’re popular today among insurance agents who want to wish their clients a happy birthday. But the humble postcard once held so much more promise. Case in point: A … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): La Doña Cervecería

Minnesota craft beer with a Latin influence.” This is the main point that Sergio Manancero arrives at as we discuss the genesis of La Doña Cervecería, the latest taproom to open its doors in Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood. The fusion of Manancero’s heritage and Minnesota’s craft beer scene extends beyond the beer filling the glasses at … [ Read more]

New book on Duluth and Superior’s brewing history sets the record straight

There are lots of stories that people want to believe about history,” says Tony Dierckins, publisher at Zenith City Press in Duluth, Minnesota. “Like the People’s Brewery ‘creation myth,’ for example. It was supposedly started as this socialist movement of tied house saloon-keepers that revolted against the corporate breweries, and all this other stuff, but it turns out that … [ Read more]

Bad Habit Brewing moving to St. Joseph’s old city hall

St. Joseph’s Bad Habit Brewing has some big changes in store for 2019. The brewery, which has called its downtown location home since opening in 2015, is moving its operation around the corner to the old city hall. “We’re looking at moving just for the sheer fact that we’re running out of room here,” says founder … [ Read more]

Dalton Brewing Event

Ashby Brewing Company and Maltwerks of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota are excited to announce a beer making event that explores the historical process of making beer, from field to glass. Between September 8-10, Ashby Brewing Company and Maltwerks will brew beer each day using the local ingredients harvested in August on the threshing grounds of the … [ Read more]

Matt Osterman’s “Hover” is a Heartland Horror story

Drones are as accessible as iPhones these days. Anyone can get their hands on one—to take videos, race, or simply enjoy as a toy. Minnesota filmmaker and director Matt Osterman’s latest work, “Hover,” takes this technological phenomena one step further and explores a not-too-distant future where drones are used for a more sinister purpose. Osterman, 40, … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store: A world of surprises in one big yellow barn

On a regular Thursday afternoon in the town of Jordan, Minnesota, two young boys are standing in the middle of a giant yellow barn, surrounded by every kind of candy imaginable and having a very important debate. “Okay, if you could only get one, would you get a gummy snake or alien?” one boy asks. … [ Read more]

Taking a deep-dive into Somali culture at the Minnesota Historical Society  

Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States. Roughly 57,000 people live here, according to the latest census figures (the actual number is believed to be much higher); most live in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area. The “Somalis + Minnesota” exhibit, organized by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of … [ Read more]

Loon Liquor Co. 2.0: First look at the new cocktail room and distillery

When co-owners Simeon Rossi and Mark Schiller began raising money for Loon Liquor Co. in late 2012, they had a concept that they were confident would be successful. They wanted to create spirits from locally sourced, organic-certified ingredients, and they wanted to do it in their hometown of Northfield, Minnesota. Having no distilling experience didn’t seem … [ Read more]

Taste of the Twin Ports: A six-stop restaurant blitz through Duluth and Superior

Here’s our Twin Ports tour by the numbers: six restaurants, 14 hours, a five-year-old, and a baby riding shotgun. We had a blast checking in on the insanely active dining scene in Duluth and Superior, although we caution readers that this schedule and/or this choice of traveling companions may create a noticeable strain on your … [ Read more]

Win Tickets to Hopped Up Caribou Festival’s Beer Garden

This summer, Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, Minnesota, will be hosting the 8th Annual Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival.The festival runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 13, 14, and 15 in the Sawtooth Mountains in Lutsen, Minnesota. Now, The Growler Magazine is offering you a chance to win two Beer Garden tickets, which allow you … [ Read more]

Little Minnesota in the Willamette: Winemakers from the North have staked their claim in Oregon’s wine scene

Pinot noir that seduces with satin-and-lace elegance. Riesling worthy of her exalted status as Queen of the White Wines. Chardonnay that walks a tightrope with both energy and grace. These are the kinds of wines coming out of arguably the most exciting wine region in the United States today—Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Over the years, several … [ Read more]

Insight Brewing expands distribution across Minnesota

As of this week, Insight Brewing beers are now available in northern and south and central Minnesota. Insight recently partnered with Locher Brothers Distributing to expand their market to the south and middle of the state; Bernick’s is bringing the love to northern Minnesota. That means Insight’s five staples—Hell Chicken, Sunken City, Troll Way, Lambton Dragon, and … [ Read more]