Cornerstone Craft Beer Bar The Happy Gnome to Close December 22

Craft beer institution The Happy Gnome in St. Paul will close Sunday, December 22, according to the company’s Instagram. The Happy Gnome first opened its doors in 2006 and quickly became a landmark for local craft beer fans thanks to its sprawling and well-curated beer selection that eventually encompassed 90 taps. The gastropub was originally … [ Read more]

Augustine’s Bar & Bakery to open on October 31

Halloween is a day of tricks and treats, but for the team behind The Happy Gnome, October 31 will surely be a treat with their new concept, Augustine’s Bar & Bakery, opening its doors. Back in August, The Growler reported that the new project, helmed by Gnome owner Tony Anderson and pastry chef Hollis Roads, would open … [ Read more]

Augustine’s Bar & Bakery coming to the Saintly City this fall

After hitting the 10-year mark earlier this year, the team behind The Happy Gnome—the nationally recognized craft beer bar in St. Paul—is looking beyond the walls of their 498 Selby Avenue location. It’s not a second Happy Gnome, but an altogether new project from owner Tony Andersen, Gnome pastry chef Hollis Roads, and another silent … [ Read more]

Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?

What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is that beer is booming and more bars are taking note that selection matters. But … [ Read more]

Happy Gnome/Odell collab to be released March 29 for Gnome’s 10th anniversary

St. Paul’s The Happy Gnome has spent the past 10 years racking up award after award for their beer selection, so for their 10th anniversary it was high time their name graced one of their 90+ tap handles. Happy Gnome General Manager Emily Brink and Executive Chef Scott Brink (the two are married) recently traveled to Odell … [ Read more]

The Happy Gnome named Best Beer Bar in Minnesota

Late last year, the Brewers Association’s set out to find the best beer bars in every state and Washington, D.C. They enlisted their thousands of readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar, and fill out a survey about what makes it special: atmosphere, staff, beer selection, special events. Over 9,000 votes were cast from August … [ Read more]

Tickets on sale now for Firkin Fest 2016

You know spring is around the corner when tickets for The Happy Gnome’s annual Firkin Fest go on sale. That said, tickets for this year’s fest, taking place 12-4pm on Saturday, April 2, at The Happy Gnome, are on sale now. This year’s festival will include 70 one-of-a-kind firkins from breweries around Minnesota and the … [ Read more]

Tin Whiskers and Urban Growler Compete in First-Ever Brew-Off

Updated: May 28, 2015 The Tin Whiskers vs. Urban Growler Brew-Off ended in an even tie! A big thank you to all who showed up and voted at The Happy Gnome last night for our Brew-off with Urban Growler! After… Posted by Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 Tin Whiskers threw down … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Saved By the Bell’s Mr. Dewey makes unlikely sounds, Freud meets C.S. Lewis, and more

By Naomi Crocker Keep in tune with the Minnesota arts scene with Arts MN, a weekly arts preview from The Growler.   Art(ists) on the Verge 5 The Soap Factory, 514 Second St SE, Minneapolis MN 55414 The Soap Factory, in collaboration with Northern, presents Art(ists) on the Verge 5, an exhibition of works … [ Read more]

The Happy Gnome’s Fire & Ice Bar Welcomes Crashed Ice Fans

Red Bull is back in Minnesota for the third time to host Crashed Ice on the steps of the St. Paul Cathedral, Friday and Saturday February 21–22. Crashed Ice is an outdoor extreme skating competition where athletes strap on their hockey skates and race down a steep 1,410-foot ice track, reaching speeds over 40 miles per … [ Read more]

UPDATED: Firkin Fest at The Happy Gnome

It’s that time of year again. . . The Happy Gnome, on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, has been a leader in the local and national craft beer scene since it’s opening eight years ago. This spring, The Happy Gnome will host its annual Firkin Fest: a collection of specially-brewed ales using traditional ingredients. Each … [ Read more]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners 2012

  We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and November and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and … [ Read more]