The Mill: Red Cow opens in Uptown, Independent craft brewing seal takes root, Mia documentary series

August 16–August 22 ICYMI, The Growler has had a busy week and so has the state of Minnesota. Minnesota wineries were recently rewarded for their labors, the MSP airport is showing off state flavors to travelers from all over the world, Minnesota United FC is one step closer to getting that permanent home stadium built, … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge and Red Cow release Cowlaboration No. 5 Coconut Porter

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. and Red Cow Restaurant & Bar released the fifth in their Cowlaboration series of beers on Saturday, October 23 at the restaurant’s three locations. The newest beer in the series is a 5.5% ABV coconut porter that was brewed in early October at the Stillwater brewery. For anyone who actively traded for Mounds … [ Read more]

Red Rabbit to open in North Loop by late fall

Red Cow owner Luke Shimp (pictured, above) has announced a new concept, Red Rabbit, will take root in the North Loop by late fall. The Star Tribune reports the restaurant will be housed at Washington and 2nd Avenues North, in a 116-year-old building currently being used as an auto repair shop. The patio will feature … [ Read more]

Drink a Negroni this weekend for charity

Negroni Week is coming to a close—but you still have a two days to get out and drink some bitter red cocktails for a good cause. Check out the 19 Metro-area restaurants serving Negronis (and their own riffs on the classic gin-Campari-vermouth formula) this week and the charities they’re supporting in the process. A few highlights: Our … [ Read more]

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]

We drank all of Red Cow’s spring cocktail menu, because boilermakers

When Ian Lowther was hired as the cocktail specialist at Red Cow last year, he told us he wanted to do a menu of “high-class boilermakers.” Since that’s a ridiculous combination of words, we just laughed. We’re not laughing anymore—he’s made it a reality on his spring cocktail menu. Far from the cheap-whiskey-in-PBR boilermakers you … [ Read more]

MN Twins unveil new Target Field food lineup

The Minnesota Twins just unveiled the newest food offerings for the year, including such goodies as chocolate mousse cups, prime rib sliders, and walleye tacos. New to Hrbek’s this year is the Cluck & Moo Bloody Mary, a bloody Mary featuring a slider and dry-rubbed chicken wing as garnishes (along with a slew of other salty goodness). Best way … [ Read more]

Twin Cities Burger Battle tickets on sale now

Tickets to the third annual Twin Cities Burger Battle have gone on sale this morning (April 5). The event on May 21st at Harriet Island in St. Paul will bring together 25 Twin Cities restaurants vying for the votes of 2,500 attendees. The battle awards trophies for people’s choice and judges’ selection. Previous winners Paddy … [ Read more]

Red Cow, Lift Bridge collaborate on Red Rye IPA

Twin Cities restaurant Red Cow and Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing will release a collaboration beer, Red Rye IPA, on Sunday, Aug. 23 at Red Cow’s North Loop location during the Open Streets Downtown Minneapolis celebration. According to a press release, Red Rye IPA, brewed in partnership with the Lift Bridge brew masters, Red Cow owner Luke Shimp and Red … [ Read more]

In The Loop: Red Cow Restaurant and Bar

By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy In just two years, Luke Shimp has grown a simple burger concept into a bona fide powerhouse chain. But how will the newest Red Cow fare in the star-studded North Loop? As the dining identity of the Twin Cities grows ever-more confident, it’s about time we made a … [ Read more]

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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]

Three Local Breweries Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer This October

There are a lot of dubious awareness days, weeks, and months. Come March, are you really going to celebrate National Acupuncture Awareness Week, National Stationery Week, or National Skipping Day? (We understand if you want to give some love to September’s National Dog Day.)  What about National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month—both … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Ukuleles, Goldsmiths, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Spending last week on St. Simons’ Island, Georgia definitely readjusted my internal temperature index. Thus, upon returning on Sunday to Minnesota and finding spring-like temperatures, I’ve decided to focus this week on all things warm. The warm sounds of a Hawaiian tune and its ability to evoke thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze… … [ Read more]

Red Cow pairs beers and beef from Oskar Blues

UPDATED The inaugural tapping of Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale at Red Cow in Minneapolis won’t just be an opportunity to try one of Minnesota’s newest beer arrivals, but a chance to pair it with grass-fed, all-natural Angus beef straight from the brewery’s farm located in Colorado, Hops & Heifers. Red Cow, located on 50th and … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 1/09-1/12

Thursday, January 9th: Odell Tap Invasion  Starting at 4pm, come to the Red Cow for Odell Brewing Co Tap Invasion. There will be 11 Odell brews on tap, including the all new Runoff Red IPA. Come in early for a happy hour drink at 3-6pm. More details here. Red Cow – 4pm-11:30pm 3624 West 50th Street … [ Read more]

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A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20