Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Summer of Sound

Surly, in conjunction with Go 95.3, Lazerbeak, Copycats Media, and Down In The Valley, presents the Surly Summer of Sound at Surly Brewing. You’ll find some of Minnesota’s favorite personalities spinning their favorite tunes to drink to while enjoying a Minnesota summer evening in our Beer Garden, every Tuesday from June-August.

7-10 pm, free to attend.

June 4 – Sims
June 11 – Har Mar Superstar
June 18 – Jana Shortal (starts at 7:30)
June 25 – Koo Koo Kanga Roo
July 2 – Dessa & Lazerbeak
July 16 – astralblak
July 23 – Bruise Violet
July 30 – Dem Atlas
Aug. 6 – Go Radio Night
Aug. 13 – Jeremy Messersmith
Aug. 20 – Grieves
Aug. 27 – Toki Wright and Miss Brit

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Summer of Sound

Surly, in conjunction with Go 95.3, Lazerbeak, Copycats Media, and Down In The Valley, presents the Surly Summer of Sound at Surly Brewing. You’ll find some of Minnesota’s favorite personalities spinning their favorite tunes to drink to while enjoying a Minnesota summer evening in our Beer Garden, every Tuesday from June-August.

7-10 pm, free to attend.

June 4 – Sims
June 11 – Har Mar Superstar
June 18 – Jana Shortal (starts at 7:30)
June 25 – Koo Koo Kanga Roo
July 2 – Dessa & Lazerbeak
July 16 – astralblak
July 23 – Bruise Violet
July 30 – Dem Atlas
Aug. 6 – Go Radio Night
Aug. 13 – Jeremy Messersmith
Aug. 20 – Grieves
Aug. 27 – Toki Wright and Miss Brit

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Summer of Sound

Surly, in conjunction with Go 95.3, Lazerbeak, Copycats Media, and Down In The Valley, presents the Surly Summer of Sound at Surly Brewing. You’ll find some of Minnesota’s favorite personalities spinning their favorite tunes to drink to while enjoying a Minnesota summer evening in our Beer Garden, every Tuesday from June-August.

7-10 pm, free to attend.

June 4 – Sims
June 11 – Har Mar Superstar
June 18 – Jana Shortal (starts at 7:30)
June 25 – Koo Koo Kanga Roo
July 2 – Dessa & Lazerbeak
July 16 – astralblak
July 23 – Bruise Violet
July 30 – Dem Atlas
Aug. 6 – Go Radio Night
Aug. 13 – Jeremy Messersmith
Aug. 20 – Grieves
Aug. 27 – Toki Wright and Miss Brit

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Summer of Sound

Surly, in conjunction with Go 95.3, Lazerbeak, Copycats Media, and Down In The Valley, presents the Surly Summer of Sound at Surly Brewing. You’ll find some of Minnesota’s favorite personalities spinning their favorite tunes to drink to while enjoying a Minnesota summer evening in our Beer Garden, every Tuesday from June-August.

7-10 pm, free to attend.

June 4 – Sims
June 11 – Har Mar Superstar
June 18 – Jana Shortal (starts at 7:30)
June 25 – Koo Koo Kanga Roo
July 2 – Dessa & Lazerbeak
July 16 – astralblak
July 23 – Bruise Violet
July 30 – Dem Atlas
Aug. 6 – Go Radio Night
Aug. 13 – Jeremy Messersmith
Aug. 20 – Grieves
Aug. 27 – Toki Wright and Miss Brit

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Summer of Sound

Surly, in conjunction with Go 95.3, Lazerbeak, Copycats Media, and Down In The Valley, presents the Surly Summer of Sound at Surly Brewing. You’ll find some of Minnesota’s favorite personalities spinning their favorite tunes to drink to while enjoying a Minnesota summer evening in our Beer Garden, every Tuesday from June-August.

7-10 pm, free to attend.

June 4 – Sims
June 11 – Har Mar Superstar
June 18 – Jana Shortal (starts at 7:30)
June 25 – Koo Koo Kanga Roo
July 2 – Dessa & Lazerbeak
July 16 – astralblak
July 23 – Bruise Violet
July 30 – Dem Atlas
Aug. 6 – Go Radio Night
Aug. 13 – Jeremy Messersmith
Aug. 20 – Grieves
Aug. 27 – Toki Wright and Miss Brit

Memory Lanes kicks off summer with annual Memorial Day block party

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Memory Lanes’ annual block party is the Twin Cities’ first outdoor party of the year of the summer // Photo by Rebekah Peterson

Memorial Day is known as a transition between seasons, and as such, it’s a fitting weekend for Memory Lanes to host its annual block party.

Now entering its eighth year, the block party, held May 28-29, moves the excitement from the bowling lanes and to the parking lot, with a variety of musical guests to get the party started.

This year’s event features a total of 21 artists performing throughout the weekend on multiple stages. The majority of the activity takes place outdoors, but in later hours the party moves to the smaller stage inside. Scheduled acts include:

  • Mixed Blood Majority
  • Legendary Shack Shakers
  • Davina the Vagabonds
  • What Tyrants
  • Fury Things
  • Jessica Lee Wilkes

Admission is $5 per day, and free after 10pm when the party moves indoors. Daytime hours are open to all ages. In addition to live music, Memory Lanes features bowling, volleyball, various arcade activities, and additional special entertainment for the event.

For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


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Get your bocce on at Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

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Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery is bringing bocce back to its yard this summer, and sign-ups are now open for interested teams.

This is Schram’s fourth bocce season, and due to growing popularity, they have expanded game times and days to be able to accommodate more teams. Last year’s teams have already begun to sign up, so be sure to get on it and register your team today.

Details:

  • Four persons to a team
  • 21+
  • $100 per team
  • T-shirt: $18 (optional)

League 1:

  • Thursdays, June 2–July 14
  • Game Times: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
  • Max number of teams: 12

League 2:

  • Sundays June 26–August 7 (*Due to state laws, Schram cannot sell pints of beer on Sunday at this time)
  • Game Times: 3pm, 4pm
  • Max number of teams: 8

League 3:

  • Thursdays July 21–September 2
  • Game Times: 6pm, 7pm
  • Max number of teams: 8

In addition to registering online, email your team name, captain, and team roster to [email protected].


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16 Signs of Spring in the Twin Cities

By Joseph Alton and Grace Sell

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Who in their right mind isn’t losing it as we find ourselves still held fast in winter’s seemingly unending grip? As impossible as it may seem to imagine at the present moment, time will march on, and daffodils will soon supplant the snow drifts.  And if there is anything Minnesota can boast, it’s the hardy nature of its citizens who make the best of the state’s annual big chill, and their subsequent and unbridled enthusiasm for warm weather once it finally, thankfully, arrives.

Whether you honor the same springtime traditions each year or are newly discovering the diversity the metro area has to offer, there are adventures and exploits of all sorts to pursue.  It’s time to pack away our woolen underthings and overcoats, to uncover old pleasures and new as we delight in springtime and come back to life.  Our list should help get you started.

1) Tournament time

Whether its for the Minnesota State High School tournaments, the Frozen Four, or the Big Ten tourney, Saint Paul’s West 7th Street comes alive this time of year with hockey fans of all shapes and sizes. This year the ‘Saintly City’ plays host to the Big Ten Hockey Tournament. Check out the event page from our friends at Visit Saint Paul for more information.

 

2) Sea Salt

We can’t imagine summer in the cities without a few visits this Minneapolis institution. Easily one of the best places in Minnesota for casual seafood eats — Sea Salt opens its doors for seasonal business on April 11th. Dust of your bike and cruise over for opening day. Word to the wise: Get a beer before your get in line. You might get thirsty waiting to place your order.

 

3) Baseball and beer

Spring training is well underway and that means that outdoor ‘beer and baseball’ must be right around the corner. The Twins’ will welcome the Oakland A’s for the home opener on Monday, April 7th.

And don’t forget the other professional baseball team in the Twin Cites. The Saint Paul Saints open their season May 4th on the road at Fargo-Moorhead. The Saints will also welcome back the Beer Dabbler Bullpen at Midway Stadium — a craft beer bar area serving 21 craft beers at 2014 home games.

 

4) (Almost) patio season!

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5) Potholes

We at The Growler don’t remember a pothole season quite like this one. I can’t imagine how many tires, rims, mufflers, oil pans, or otherwise have fallen victim to the innumerable amount of crater-like potholes dotting Twin Cities’ roadways. Stay safe out there — especially if you are on two wheels. For more info, or to report a pothole, visit MNDot’s website.

 

6) Charcoal in the air

Undeniably one of the most visceral signals of the season change is the olfactory stimulation brought on by the smell of charcoal wafting through the spring air. So, stop by your favorite butcher or meat market and get to grillin’.

 

7) Fishing opener

One definite sign you’re from the Land of 10,000 Lakes: “Ice out” is a thing. The fishing opener is such a big deal in Minnesota that even our Governor gets down on an annual trip. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an everyday angler, the fishing opener signals the coming of warmer weather and cabin trips.

 

8) Beer fest season kicks off

An annual rite of spring for Minnesota’s ferverous beer fans — The Happy Gnome hosts their annual Firkin Fest on March 22nd. The St. Paul bar — considered by many to be a craft beer destination — will offer “over 90 casks from nearly 50 breweries across the country.” This celebration of ‘real ale’ should be added to your ‘Minnesota beer bucket list’ if it hasn’t already.

 

9) Green things growing

Each year the 8th Floor Auditorium of the Downtown Minneapolis Macy’s is transformed by their annual flower show. This year’s theme is ‘The Secret Garden’ and will run Sunday, March 23 – Sunday, April 6. Stop by for a dose of green while we wait for this year’s pesky winter weather to let us get at our own gardens.

 

10) Bikes on Bikes on Bikes

April must be close. Our Twitter feeds have already starting to fill up with #30daysofbiking chatter. So what is 30 Days of Biking? “Very simply, it’s a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather!” There are all sorts of different group rides planned out. More more info visit The Growler Events Calendar.

 

11) Seasonal spots

The only Blizzard we could tolerate right about now. Dairy Queen’s are opening for the season all across the metro.

 

12) Street festival season begins

Saint Paul’s West Side celebration of Mexican heritage and pride is one of the best in the nation, according to USA Today. Cinco de Mayo in Saint Paul’s ‘District Del Sol’ is Saturday, May 3 — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

13) May Day Parade and Celebration in Powderhorn

No one is too old–or too young–for parades. Especially the May Day Parade in Powderhorn where The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater provide endless entertainment from street dancing to 10-foot-tall puppet performances. This year’s festival celebrates 40 years of the May Day Celebration on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Grab your picnic blanket and claim a spot! Join HOTB at Powderhorn Park after the parade for food, performances, and other good fun.

 

14) . . . more green things growing

Whoever thought of having the Friends School Plant Sale on Mothers Day Weekend was a genius. Bring Mom out to a nice brunch and then to the annual Friends School Plant Sale at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. This year’s sale runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 9, 10, and 11. Go early for great selection, late for better prices.

 

15) Team “sports”

Time to get your balls out! Gather your friends and start thinking of the perfect league name, sign-ups are just around the corner (Monday, March 24) and leagues start April 7.

 

16) Summer in a glass

We know. Its not a “local” beer, but c’mon. . .  Bell’s Oberon has been signaling signs of spring for Minnesota beer drinkers longer than most of our local breweries have been making beer. Bell’s eagerly awaited summer seasonal is a wheat ale that comes in 6-packs, 12-packs, on draft, and for those special occasions — a 5 liter (1.32 gal.) mini-keg.

Pairing the Flavors of Summer

4 tips for pairing craft beers with the flavors of summer

By Robin Shellman, Better Beer Society

Summer is more than half over, and I don’t know if it’s the setting I am in, or perhaps the fact that fall is just around the corner, but I thought I would take this time to write about craft beers and pairing them with the flavors of summer, as by now you are no doubt enjoying picnics in the park, cabin trips on the lake, and backyard parties by the grill.

Before we get into pairing techniques, there are a couple important things to keep in mind. First things first, tasting is subjective. If you find your palate doesn’t agree with any of the recommended pairings, that’s absolutely okay. Move on and try something new! After all, experimenting is half of the fun, and who knows… your recent creative discovery may inspire new recipes from breweries or restaurants.

The beauty is, today’s craft brewers have many different choices for ingredients, allowing them to be precise with their intended flavor and aroma profiles. If they want to make something that tastes like a key lime pie or a campfire s’more, it’s now a reality. This is great news for you foodies out there, as this means there is a near perfect match for practically every dish you can imagine.

The second thing to remember is, don’t over think it, and try not to get too caught up into “rules.” There are however, a few basic guidelines to pairing that should help you get started; understand these and you’ll be able to find great matches almost every single time.

The first recommendation I have is to be in the moment and really try and focus on the flavor and aromas of your surroundings. This applies not just to beer, but also to the foods you eat, to the freshly cut lawn from your neighbor next door, the smell of toasted bread in the morning. Taking a moment to really concentrate on these aromas and flavors is essential to enhancing your palate. The more in-tune you are with your senses, the better off you will be with pairings. If you are able to focus and can pick out the cilantro or citrus notes in your Mexican or Thai dish for example, that might help you pick out certain beer styles that share similarities (i.e. – the orange peel or coriander used in a Witbier). Be in the moment, and take notes.

The next suggestion is to match strength with strength when pairing meals. In other words, if you are serving up Grandma Mary’s chicken salad, a hoppy IPA might not be the best choice. Start out with something lighter like a Kolsch, or a Cream Ale. Matching intensity ensures that flavors won’t overpower one another, and instead work with each other.

Intensity in beer can include the bitterness of hops, the sweetness of the malt, or even the alcohol content. Intensity in foods can vary from how the food is prepared (i.e. – grilled, fried, etc…) to the spices used, as well as fat content. That hoppy IPA you still have in the fridge might be a better choice if you are frying or grilling up some chicken, or throwing burgers on the grill. This beer will cut right through the grease, and the hop bitterness can hold up to just about anything you add to the burgers.

The next tip is to try and find harmonies. Look for similarities in both your food and your beer that seem like they should work well together, and try it. Again, there is no wrong pairing. If it doesn’t work, move on to the next beer. However, before you open one, take a second to think about both the prep methods for the meal, as well as the ingredients used in each. If both the meal and the beer share similar flavor and aroma profiles, there is a great chance they’re going to harmonize well together. Beers with a nice caramel malt profile, such as a Marzen or a Brown Ale will work great with caramelized onions or barbecue sauce for example, or beers with a fruity yeast character will go great with fruit-based glazes or chutney. Again, just concentrate on like-flavors, and be willing to experiment.

Lastly, and one of my favorite pairing techniques, is finding contrasting flavors that work with each other. This one isn’t as common, and you have to seek these out, but when they work, they work. I am sure you’ve heard that one of the classic beer pairings is that of an IPA with carrot cake. If you haven’t already tried this, do so soon. This odd couple works because of the bitterness of the hops balancing out the sweetness and richness of the cake.

Eat any sort of spicy dish and your palate should welcome a nicely balanced malt forward beer, as the malt sweetness cuts right through the spiciness. Also, keep in mind that alcohol will rinse that chili pepper heat from your mouth a lot more quickly than water will. In this case, a Dopplebock could fit the bill perfectly. If you’re like me though and love to torture yourself with the heat, you can accentuate that spice by reaching for something hoppy instead.

That’s it, those are the basics. Knowing these guidelines should at least point you in the right direction. When you’re making your grocery list for the cabin or for your next backyard cookout, make sure you take a few moments to ponder the beer list as well. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats a nice pilsner or two while grilling, or hanging out at the lake… but taking the extra time to put together a well—thought beer list for each meal will completely add to the meal and enhance your experience, not to mention open some eyes for your guests.

Below I have included some summertime staples, and I also wanted to share a couple of my personal discoveries over time. I hope you’ll enjoy.


Try Aecht Schlenkarla Helles Lagerbier paired with pepperoncinis on the smoker.
This Brewery/Tavern in Bamberg, Germany is known for their world famous Rauchbier, or smoked beer. The malt used in this specific Helles lager is actually unsmoked, but because of its proximity to the stove used in the process, it still carries a nice smokiness to it. Put these peppers on the skewer and let them rest in the smoker for awhile. The subtle smoke, combined with the malt sweetness and crispness of the lager helps balance the spiciness of these peppers. These were a huge hit at my last party.


Another one my faves on the grill are plantains with a rum brown sugar glaze.
Plantains are a little less sweet and a bit firmer than your typical sweet banana you find in the market, so this makes them great for grilling, as they can hold up to the heat of the grill. I like to pair this side plate with a nice Weizenbock, and you can’t go wrong with Schneider Weisse Aventinus. The wheat and yeast in this beer really sing with its notes of bananas and cloves, as well as its dark fruit flavors like raisins and dates. It’s absolutely incredible with the rum brown sugar glaze.


Going camping?
I would hope that you packed the s’mores (marshmallow, graham cracker, chocolate) and that’s just the basics. A coffee stout or robust porter might be a nice choice here to cut some of the sweetness of the chocolate. Not to mention, you can dip the marshmallow in the beer before roasting it, creating a nice caramelized layer. Otherwise, feel free to get creative, throw in some unconventional ingredients like peanut butter and bananas, or Nutella and coconut shavings, substitute the graham crackers for ginger snaps, and have fun exploring the beer choices.



Here are a few more staples you might find on the picnic table this summer, along with a couple beer recommendations for each dish…

• Barbecued chicken: American brown ale or amber ale
• Grilled sausages: German or Bohemian style pilsners or a Munich Dunkel lager
• Asparagus: Belgian Tripel or Witbier
• Strawberries: Milk Stout or Imperial Stout
• Grilled salmon: American Wheat or Witbier
• Burgers: American Pale or IPA, or Schwarzbier
• Apple pie: Imperial Stout or Saison