St. Paul wrestles with how to handle Airbnb

St. Paul is the latest Minnesota city to consider adding rules and regulations on short-term rentals like Airbnb, reports Bring Me the News. The city council voted Wednesday, February 3, to have the Department of Safety and Inspections and the Department of Planning and Economic Development study Airbnb and other similar rental companies, to see … [ Read more]

St. Paul launches snow emergency app just in time for winter storm

Just as the winter storm bears down on the Twin Cities, the City of St. Paul is launching a free St. Paul Winter Snow Parking App, reports The Star Tribune. The app gives notifications when snow emergencies are declared; information on when and where people need to move vehicles; an interactive map showing where people … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s grandest library just got even more impressive

The historic George Latimer Central Library, overlooking Rice Park in downtown St. Paul, reopens Saturday after a major 21st-century overhaul, reports the Star Tribune. The nearly 100-year-old building is now home to a workforce and innovation center. It includes the city’s first maker space for adults, complete with a 3-D printer, laser cutter, recording studios, … [ Read more]

CHS Field first minor league field to win American Institute of Architects Honor Award

CHS Field will become the first minor league ballpark to win an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, the St. Paul Saints announced Friday. “For the first time in the 67 years of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) a minor league ballpark has received one of the distinguished AIA Institute Honor Awards,” the announcement … [ Read more]

St. Paul City Council to vote on loosening liquor license laws for restaurants

St. Paul restaurants, new and established, may soon have an easier time obtaining a full liquor license. On Tuesday, November 10, the St. Paul Charter Commission passed an amendment to the City Charter that would allow more licensed restaurants an opportunity to obtain a full liquor license. The catch? The city will have to redefine what it means to … [ Read more]

New to Minnesota? Come get a hat. (You’re going to need it.)

People born and raised in Minnesota tend to minimize (or straight up ignore) how brutal our winters can be. Call it survival, call it stubbornness, but the truth is, we like to pretend that weeks of sub-zero highs are normal. Reality check: We’re wrong. And Minnesota newbies are calling us out. Saint Paul Hello was founded by Jun-Li Wang, … [ Read more]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2015 in Photos

On January 24, 2015, more than 7,500 craft beer fans from more than 30 different states gathered at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for Minnesota’s largest outdoor winter beer fest — The 6th Annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. The Growler was on site to take part in the revelry. Below are a few of our favorite … [ Read more]

7 Grand Ideas for Grand Old Day Success in 2014

We at The Growler are confident to report that summer in the Twin Cities will officially begin this weekend. How can we be so sure? Grand Old Day, silly. The (free!) annual street festival is the largest one day event in the Midwest and with live music from 25 bands on 5 stages, 85 food … [ Read more]

Wrath of the Keller: The story of the Minnesota State Capitol’s lost rathskeller

 Even accounting for home state favoritism, Minnesota’s State Capitol is the most beautiful architectural specimen of the fifty. The dome is nicely proportional, while some have seriously mutant dome shapes. The white marble on the outside is the perfect background for the golden Quadriga above the main entrance. The grand stairwells, vast paintings, and colored … [ Read more]

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St. Paul Adapts its Licensing to Allow More Taprooms

By Doug Hoverson   Photos by Joe Alton   Three Breweries Currently Eyeing the Capital City On a 7-0 vote, the Saint Paul City Council today changed the licensing requirements to make more taprooms possible in redeveloping sections of the city. The change takes effect in thirty days. The city already allowed brewery taprooms in … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bang Brewing Company

By Brian Kaufenberg Bang Brewing Co. With the 1,300 square foot grain bin-style craft brewery in St. Paul’s South St. Anthony Park near completion, Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo hope to have beer in the market as soon as mid to late March. Until then, Jay, a software engineer, and his wife Sandy, an executive … [ Read more]

Mike Lundell of Summit Brewing Company: An “I Do Drink Beer” Type

A Brewer Profile of Summit Brewing Company’s Mike Lundell By Joe Alton Name: Mike Lundell Hometown: Cannon Falls, MN Works at: Summit Brewing Company, Saint Paul, MN Turn-ons: Smiling, mischievous eyes and a sense of adventure Turn-offs: ‘I don’t drink beer’ types and video gamer haters.   Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Mike Lundell: Some various Unchained … [ Read more]

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