The Mill: Book Club opens in Armatage

Book Club, a West Coast-inspired eatery led by restaurateur Kim Bartmann and chef Asher Miller, is opening today at the former home of Cafe Maude in the Armatage neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Miller, who has worked with chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Andrew Zimmern, is crafting a varied menu with everything from lemon herb chicken … [ Read more]

The Mill: New supermarket to open in North Minneapolis

A full-service supermarket and wellness center will be opening mid-December in North Minneapolis. The North Market is filling a hole in a neighborhood that previously relied on scattered convenience stores for its groceries. MPR News reports that the closest full-scale supermarket to the North Market is three miles away, making it difficult for those who … [ Read more]

The Mill: Mortimer’s Bar to add a music venue

Mortimer’s Bar & Restaurant, the longstanding South Minneapolis dive bar taken over in June by Nightingale owners Jasha Johnston and Carrie McCabe-Johnston, will be adding on a music venue in the bar area. The renovation to add a stage and separate dining area is underway, with the first show tentatively scheduled for December 27. McCabe-Johnston … [ Read more]

The Mill: The company behind Corona invests in cannabis-infused beverages

Alcohol giant Constellation Brands, the $42 billion company that owns Corona, Modelo, and Svedka has bought a 9.9 percent minority stake in the $2 billion Canadian medical cannabis company Canopy Growth. The stake is worth $191 million, with the option to increase in the future. Constellation’s CEO confirmed that this investment is part of a … [ Read more]

The Mill: Blue Door Pub taking over Country Bar, opening location at MSP International

  September 20—September 26 Blue Door Pub is bringing its signature jucy lucys to Uptown Minneapolis and to the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport. The owner of The Country Bar in Uptown, Todd Smith, confirmed to City Pages that the bar’s last day of service would be this Saturday, September 30. Smith also confirmed that he would be leasing … [ Read more]

The Mill: Lenny Russo lands at the Commodore, Octo Fishbar opening October 10

September 6—September 12 Chef Lenny Russo is on the map again as head of the kitchen at The Commodore Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul. Russo’s reputation precedes him; he is a six-time James Beard nominee, author of “Heartland: Farm-Forward Dishes From the Great Midwest,” had a great 14-year run with his restaurant Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct … [ Read more]

The Mill: Brewers and chefs are pitching in with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

August 30–September 5 Across the nation, many companies, nonprofits, and individuals have shown support for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Among these is the brewing industry—breweries both near and far from the path of the storm have rolled up their sleeves to help. Some breweries have paused beer canning and used their facilities to can … [ Read more]

The Mill: Mighty Axe prepares for mightiest hop harvest yet

August 23–August 29 After expanding their three-and-a-half acre hop growing operation in Ham Lake to a 40-acre hop yard in Foley, Mighty Axe Hops are preparing to haul in their largest harvest to date. “We’ve got 80 acres of trellis installed—40 acres of hops planted, and the next 40 is what we’re doing now,” Mighty … [ Read more]

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]

The Mill: Lambic in the U.S., Kaiseki Furukawa opens, and pre-fame Prince

August 9—August 15 One great thing about the drink industry is that it’s ripe for experimentation and new ventures. While in past weeks we’ve seen Big Beer and investment firms buy up craft brands, this past week we saw craft brewers band together to purchase Magnolia Brewing out of bankruptcy. The group has plans to … [ Read more]

The Mill: Minnesota State Fair beers, Cheers Wisconsin!, and craft brewing industry report

August 2–August 8 August is here, and the anticipation for the Minnesota State Fair is building. This year’s specialty beers include old favorites like Lift Bridge’s Mini Donut and new offerings include a beer malt—all available at the Great Minnesota Get Together from August 24 to September 4. In national news, the midyear craft brewing … [ Read more]

The Mill: HopCat opens, craft brewers join forces, and HOTTEA yarn bombs MOA

July 26–August 1 HopCat, the lauded chain of craft beer bars, opened the doors of its new downtown Minneapolis location with 80 beers on tap, and many more in bottles and cans. This past week also saw craft brewers digging in for the long haul. Bent Paddle made a permanent home for itself in Duluth … [ Read more]

The Mill: Travail tries Barbecue, Finnegans hires a head brewer, more

July 19–July 25 With summer in swing there are so many reasons to drink and be merry. This week there are a few new places to grab drinks on the North Loop, or if you plan to stay in, you can pick up a bottle of Dampfwerk’s barreled gin at your local liquor store. There … [ Read more]

The Mill: IPA Day, There & Back, and more

The Mill has a second wind. It’s all of a sudden August, i.e., time to double-down on summer. We’re keeping the grill fired up and targeting each patio we’ve neglected so far. Be sure to pick up a copy of Growler Issue 14 on stands now. Have any inside beer info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: Head over to … [ Read more]

The Mill: In Cahoots and Uneasy Detente

The Mill has returned from the lake. Duluth treated us to a gorgeous 84 degrees to sample from 66 breweries in Bayfront Festival Park. Now it’s time to get collaborative at Red Stag and find some interesting new summer beers. Got any inside brew info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: We’ve added an interesting twist to … [ Read more]