Cheap beer and humility: Lessons from a 22-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip

The Grand Canyon is an amazing geologic feature. Cutting through the Colorado Plateau on its way to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River drains the western slope of the Southern Rockies and, over millions of years, has carved a 277-mile long, 6,000-foot deep chasm, at the bottom of which is one of the most … [ Read more]

Five State Parks across the Heartland for your road-tripping pleasure

Looking for some summer or fall road trip inspirations? The Growler has you covered with these Heartland destinations. ■ ■ ■ West on I-94: Lake Sakakawea State Park near Pick City, North Dakota Stretching 178 miles in length from Williston, North Dakota, to the Garrison Dam near Pick City, North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea is a … [ Read more]

Freedom of limitations, or ‘How Germany took away my options in all the best ways’

What beers do you have on tap?” I’ve always been a firm believer in the overused cliche “There’s no such thing as a stupid question,” but at that moment, sitting at a bar in Munich with the question I’d just asked echoing in my head, I was considering amending it slightly to: “There’s no such … [ Read more]

The Unnecessary Categorization of Everything (Or Why I Love Shibuya Crossing)

My buzz has completely worn off. Throwing back Asahi, Japan’s rice beer equivalent to Budweiser, the entire 12-hour flight over seemed like a good idea at the time, but now, standing in line at Japanese customs, I was beginning to rethink my decision to make friendly with the flight staff. When you’re flying with a … [ Read more]

Winter Weary? Staycation Ideas for the Fancy and the Frugal

For the Frugal By Bill Lindeke No matter how many generations your roots stretch back, winter is the true test for any Minnesotan. By the time February rolls around, the months of shortened days, numb appendages, icy streets, and long, cold nights take their toll. To make it through the last seasonal stretches, we often need … [ Read more]

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Soaking in Beer: Stepping into Budapest’s thermal beer spa

I’m deep inside the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, a sprawling 67,000-square-foot menagerie of heated indoor and outdoor pools and baths, encased in Neo-Baroque architecture. Despite the grandeur, I’m feeling slightly naked while wrapped in my bath towel and swim trunks. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] Snaking through the … [ Read more]

The Plan to Have No Plan

Finding the spontaneous, yet scheduled, happy medium that (almost) guarantees getting the most out of travel Accidentally walked 14.5 miles today. Not saying that in a humble brag way, rather an “I have no sense of direction and got lost multiple times and confused Google maps with my poor decisions and ended up in neighborhoods … [ Read more]

9 Cheap Cities to Fly to from MSP in February

February may not be the first month you flip to in your calendar when planning your annual vacation. But don’t underestimate the value of the shortest month of the year—it’s usually the slowest period for travel. With low-season rates and fewer crowds, it’s the ideal time to sneak in that much-needed first getaway of the … [ Read more]

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Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia

Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice into a bowl. After leaving it out for a few weeks, whether on purpose or by accident, the liquid spontaneously ferments into something sweet, pungent, and that, when imbibed, … [ Read more]

Sun Country awarded non-stop flights to Cuba

Sun Country Airlines has been approved to fly nonstop from the Twin Cities to two cities in Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today, reports The Star Tribune. The agency said Sun Country will be able to fly from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara province in central … [ Read more]

Cuba is running out of beer

More American tourists are visiting to Cuba thanks to eased travel restrictions, and they’re bringing with them a thirst for beer. So much so that the Caribbean nation’s state-run brewery, Cerveceria Bucanero, is having trouble keeping stores stocked with the Cristal and Bucanero brands. According to a report in the Guardian, “local media reported that Cuba’s breweries … [ Read more]

Channel your inner chef and rent Julia Child’s house

Julia Child enthusiasts rejoice: You can book a stay in the little cottage the Childs built in France’s Provençal countryside, where they entertained the likes of M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard for decades, reports Conde Nast Traveler. Sotheby’s put the house—called “La Pitchoune” (meaning “the little one”) or “La Peetch,” for short—on the market at the … [ Read more]

Explore a new side of China on an 8-day craft beer tour

The popularity of craft beer is a world-wide trend, including in China, where microbreweries are popping up all over the country. Capitalizing on this, and China’s plethora of historical sites, China Special Tours (CST) is launching a new tour this fall that pairs ancient sites and with craft beer sampling. Starting in Beijing on September 24 … [ Read more]

Waterfall season is a thing, and it has arrived

North Shore waterfall season is officially here, according to Cook County’s website. Cook County has the North Shore’s most dramatic waterfalls, including Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the ephemeral “phantom falls” that pour from the cliffs lining Highway 61, and the High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park. … [ Read more]

World of Beer is hiring for the beer internship of a lifetime

World of Beer (WOB), a network of 75+ craft beer taverns around the United States—which will soon include St. Paul, when its Lowertown location opens at 356 Sibley Street (date TBD)—is looking to hire three craft beer enthusiasts for the ultimate internship: spending a summer traveling the world engaging in and cultivating conversations around the beverage they love … [ Read more]