10 Bars for 2020: Salut to Summer

City of Stillwater allows for extended service areas for bars and restaurants  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  While some bar and restaurant owners in Minnesota may feel on their own in working through the changing government guidelines … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Rediscovering Stillwater in a 10-stop dining adventure

This is a part of our Whirlwind Tour food series, in which we taste through a town’s culinary scene.   Stillwater has a reputation for its sense of history (founded 165 years ago, it’s among the state’s oldest towns) and its downtown embraces the past with everything from its motto (“The Birthplace of Minnesota”) to historic … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Bacon-Wrapped Dates at Feller

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Do appetizers get any more square than bacon-wrapped dates? These little Disco Era nuggets have been circulating for decades and they’ve earned a bad reputation along the way—too dry, too stringy, and too utterly played out. That they … [ Read more]

First Look: Pearl & the Thief brings Southern comfort to Stillwater

Executive chef Justin Sutherland and general manager Joseph Pirri of St. Paul’s Handsome Hog are opening their new Southern-inspired restaurant, Pearl & the Thief, in downtown Stillwater on Tuesday, May 29. Between the comfort food dishes and its striking design, Pearl & the Thief progresses the food and drink scene in the historic river town. … [ Read more]

The Mill: Hotels, restaurants, and distillery anchor downtown Stillwater revitalization

Downtown Stillwater has seen some massive changes since the old lift bridge closed last summer, rerouting traffic to a spiffy new interstate bridge down the St. Croix in Oak Park Heights. With less congested downtown streets has come an influx of new restaurants, bars, and two boutique hotels bookending the historic river town. Both hotels, … [ Read more]

The Growler Giveaway: Win a $500 Stillwater getaway package

Sign up for The Draft Line, The Growler’s weekly email newsletter, by June 29, 2017, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $500 Stillwater, Minnesota, getaway package that includes: a $200 Discover Stillwater Lodging Voucher, a $100 Stillwater Riverboat Dining Excursion, $100 at Lift Bridge Brewery, and $100 at LOLO American Kitchen. Visit DiscoverStillwater.com for more … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge Launching Getaway Pilsner in Tallboy Cans

Retro Design of the 16oz. Four-Pack Can Captures Summer Spirit Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Stillwater’s first Craft Brewery since Prohibition, is helping Minnesotans escape to better times this summer with its new Getaway Pilsner. This seasonal brew uses golden malts, noble Saaz hops and lager yeast to create a refreshing pilsner with assertive character. Getaway Pilsner … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge Brewing Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

The typical gift for the 5th anniversary is wood, but at Lift Bridge’s 5th Anniversary party on September 7 hops might be more appropriate. In conjunction with Hippity Hops Farm, Lift Bridge is celebrating the occasion with this year’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ event. This anniversary is a major milestone for Lift Bridge which began in … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge Limited Edition Beer Inspired by Minneapolis Band

Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Stillwater’s first Craft Brewery since Prohibition, will release American Brown, a limited edition beer, to promote the Minneapolis band, Reckless Ones, in early July. This dry hopped, blended brown ale will be the first locally made beer that is sponsored by Tuned, a new traveling label that promotes local musicians and local breweries through … [ Read more]