For The Love Of Chocolate Valentine’s Tour

Are you looking for something new and exciting to do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Do you love fine chocolates?

Come join us for the Twin Cities’ only chocolate tour where you can enjoy the best chocolate delicacies the Twin Cities has to offer, all while being chauffeured around in a warm, cozy coach bus.

The day will be filled with sweets from local chocolatiers while learning the history behind chocolate, the process and production, how to taste, and and you’ll sample the newest craze—the cacao nib.

We’ll dive right into all kinds of treats starting with sampling Potion #9 Chocolate Sauce, sipping chocolate, and chocolate with a variety of cacao percentages. When you leave, you’ll depart with a select truffle of your choice. This is a great location to grab a coffee, tea or latte—and yes, they have chocolate tea!

The tour will end at the “best truffles in the country, possibly the world!” according to Oprah herself. Here we’ll meet local chocolatiers to learn about their amazing truffles.

The tour is one day only, with two times: 10am–1pm and 1:30pm–4:30pm.

Early registration price $130 per couple, Full Value price $150 per couple – (Tickets are sold as a Couple – includes 2 tickets)

For The Love Of Chocolate Valentine’s Tour

Are you looking for something new and exciting to do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Do you love fine chocolates?

Come join us for the Twin Cities’ only chocolate tour where you can enjoy the best chocolate delicacies the Twin Cities has to offer, all while being chauffeured around in a warm, cozy coach bus.

The day will be filled with sweets from local chocolatiers while learning the history behind chocolate, the process and production, how to taste, and and you’ll sample the newest craze—the cacao nib.

We’ll dive right into all kinds of treats starting with sampling Potion #9 Chocolate Sauce, sipping chocolate, and chocolate with a variety of cacao percentages. When you leave, you’ll depart with a select truffle of your choice. This is a great location to grab a coffee, tea or latte—and yes, they have chocolate tea!

The tour will end at the “best truffles in the country, possibly the world!” according to Oprah herself. Here we’ll meet local chocolatiers to learn about their amazing truffles.

The tour is one day only, with two times: 10am–1pm and 1:30pm–4:30pm.

Early registration price $130 per couple, Full Value price $150 per couple – (Tickets are sold as a Couple – includes 2 tickets)

Analog dating in a digital world

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The Grower’s list of five fun ways to meet people

In the modern quest to find romance, many singles have shifted to dating digitally. If you’re familiar with the virtual courtship dance, then you know how frustrating it can be. From choosing the least creepy dating site, to cleverly filling out questionnaires, and deciphering the intention of emoji-ridden messages from strangers, the whole process can be downright defeating. And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you might be feeling the added pressure to score a date, or plan the perfect night out with a loved one.

Well, stress no more. We’ve rounded up five unique events to extinguish the pressures of online dating and spark up some adventurous fun.

Pet Lovers Mixer

February 9 • 6pm–8:30pm • Bad Weather Brewing • Free, suggested $10 donation

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Photo via Bad Weather Facebook page

Love is being unleashed at Bad Weather Brewing for a Pet Lovers Mixer with Animal Ark, Minnesota’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Mingle with other animal lovers, see bios and photos of animals available for adoption (and drink beer, of course). Even if you don’t make a match, you might not leave empty-handed—there will be several door prizes for those who make a donation to the event.

Light snacks and delectable desserts will be provided, but if you want something heartier, Sandy’s Grill food truck will be on the premise. Not only that, but music will be playing to add ambiance and for the singles to move and groove to. All donations for the event will go directly toward the care of the animals at Animal Ark. So trek on over to Bad Weather… you never know, you might find some “puppy love.” Learn more here.

Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour

February 11 • 12pm–5pm • Franconia Sculpture Park • Free

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Fire up the romance in Shafer, Minnesota, for it’s the Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour. While workshops were held for people to create molds beforehand, all are welcomed to partake in an invigorating day of fire and ice. So bring your sweetie or potential sweetheart to the free event, cozy up next to the bonfire, and witness artists pouring molten iron into prepared molds. But wait, there’s even more warmth to be shared, as new to this year will be Nordic Waffles serving up waffles, coffee, and hot chocolate. Learn more here.

Valentine’s Day at Vertical Endeavors

February 14 • 8am-10pm • Various Vertical Endeavors • Buy one full day pass and get the second free. If you’re a member, you can bring a guest for free.

Photo via Vertical Endeavor’s Facebook page

Climb your way into someone’s heart this year at Vertical Endeavors, for they’re having a Valentine’s Day BOGO. If you buy one full-day pass, you get one for free—a perfect opportunity to meet a fellow thrill seeker. Or if you’re already a member, you can bring a date or your best climbing buddy for free. Rock climbing is a great trust-building activity, and who knows, you could fall for someone along the way. Besides, what’s romance without a little adventure? Learn more here.

Victorian Poetry Slam

February 14 • 7pm-8pm • James J. Hill House • $12, $10 for MNHS members

Photo via James J. Hill House’s Facebook page

We live in a digitized dating era: heart emojis, Tinder, Facebook relationship statuses. Let’s go back to simpler times, shall we? Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by sitting back and enjoying 19th century poetry. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson, and Ann Daly—donned in 1890s evening wear—will perform an array of humorous and rousing poems by the all-time classics: Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning, and more. Topics ranging from love, romance, temperance, sports, and war will ignite the night. And you and your darling are invited to bring a short Victorian-era poem to recite aloud. Learn more here.

Chair Lift Speed Dating–Find Your Love on the Lift

February 19 • 3pm-6pm • Afton Alps • $30

Photo via Afton Alps’ Facebook page

Looking for that special someone who enjoys the great outdoors? If you’re a skier or snowboarder, this may be your ticket to love. At the event, shredders can ride the lift up with other singles, paired by the aid and expertise of LUMA—Luxury Matchmaking. If you’re feeling a connection, ski down the hill, make additional runs together, or go inside for a drink. If the encounter was ice cold, LUMA will match you up with a different rider. The speed dating will occur 3-5pm, with each ride earning you an additional raffle ticket, giving you the chance to win prizes during the social hour. Learn more here.


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Heat things up at Franconia Sculpture Park this Valentine’s Day weekend

Franconia artists, all experienced metal casters, pour molten iron into molds made by community members // Photo courtesy Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia artists, all experienced metal casters, pour molten iron into molds made by community members // Photo courtesy Franconia Sculpture Park

If you’re looking for something to do other than make googly eyes at your sweetie over a fancy dinner this weekend, read on.

Franconia Sculpture Park‘s Valentine’s Day Hot Iron Pour is a unique, fun way to spend the day with the love of your life (or the person you’re hoping to be the love of your life) and see art in the making.

Taking place from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, February 13, the pour brings together a group of experienced cast-metal sculptors who will take red-hot, glowing liquid iron, pour it into a 150-pound ladle, and then use that ladle to fill one-of-a-kind sculpture molds.

Bring a thermos of something hot to drink, get cozy by the bonfire, and enjoy an afternoon shared experiences. After all, what’s more romantic than making new memories together?

Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 Saint Croix Trail, Franconia, MN 55074


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For the love of theater: 11 shows opening this week

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Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis, where Theatre Latte Da will stage “Gypsy” // Photo by George Heinrich

There are 11—yes, 11—shows opening this week in and around the Twin Cities, just in time for Valentine’s Day. (Read: Date ideas!)

With such a wide variety of productions being staged, we thought we would take a minute to help you navigate your options.

Here’s what’s coming up, in order of opening date.

Feb. 9 – March 20
The Snowy Day and Other Stories
Children’s Theatre Company
Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats, this classic story of reveling in the wonder of a fresh snowfall, whistling for the first time, and finding a special treasure is a treat for the little ones and adults alike. This new staging features puppet design by Italy’s renowned Fabrizio Montecchi, adding a fresh twist to this original theatrical adaptation.

Feb. 10–20
Tamburlaine
Bedlam Theatre
This original comedy by Sheep Theater follows the tale of a king and his lost crown. Thieves, captors, an uprising, and a shepherd round out this quick-paced, antic-heavy production, making for a fast and fun hour-and-a-half in Lowertown.

Feb. 12–27
The Aliens
Walking Shadow Company
This drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker captivated New York audiences when it debuted there in 2010, and is sure to do the same here. The story follows Jasper and KJ, who spend their days writing songs and planning novels in the alley behind a coffee shop. Barista Evan wants them gone, but instead ends up bonding with them in unpredictable ways.

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Savage Umbrella presents “June” // Photo by Carl Atiya Swanson

Feb. 12–26
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Savage Umbrella
An all-female cast explores the roles we play and the secrets we hide. Themes of fear, love, and identity are explored, as is the question of what it means to be seen—by ourselves, by each other, and by society.

Christiana Clark as Proteus// Photo by Jenny Graham

Christiana Clark as Proteus in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” // Photo by Jenny Graham

Feb. 12 – March 27
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Jungle Theatre
An all-female cast brings to life this classic Shakespeare comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers.

Feb. 12 – March 5
Only One Sophie
Illusion Theatre
This history-rich production explores a boy’s desire to understand his place in the world and learn his family’s secrets, his true heritage, and how to let go. The work is steeped in the influences of Jewish immigrant culture and traditions as they connect and conflict with a modern American Jewish upbringing.

Feb. 12 – March 6
The Arsonists
Frank Theatre
Described as a “wildly funny moral play without a moral,” this production forces audiences to recognize our collective willingness to bury our heads in the sand rather than take on political and social responsibility.

 

Feb. 12 – March 6
Silence: The Musical
Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Billed as a “hilarious ‘unauthorized’ parody based on ‘The Silence of the Lambs,'” NYC Fringe Best Musical Award-winner combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a musical that’s pungent, punchy, and more than a little surprising.

Feb. 12–20
The Naked I: Self-Defined
20% Theatre Company
This production aims to highlight the voices and experiences of trans/queer/otherwise non-cisgender and/or non-heterosexual folks through monologues, short scenes, movement pieces, spoken word poems, short film, and more.

Feb. 12 – March 6
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
MN Jewish Theatre
Local theater matriarch Sally Wingert heads this production that follows Marjorie Taub through the throes of a midlife crisis. Flamboyant, funny, and full of surprises, this Tony-nominated satirical romp is sure to have you laughing, sighing, and connecting in more ways than one.

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Michelle Barber as Mama Rose and Cat Brindisi as Gypsy Rose Lee // Photo by Joe Dickie

Feb. 12 – March 13
Gypsy
Theatre Latte Da
“Gypsy” is the story of uber-stage mother Mama Rose and her driving ambition to raise two daughters in show business. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning musical is directed by nationally acclaimed Peter Rothstein and features a star-studded local cast.

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Joseph Haj // Photo via Guthrie Theater Facebook’s page

In addition to the shows opening this week is a chance to meet Guthrie Theater’s new artistic director, Joseph Haj. On Tuesday, February 9, the public is invited to join Haj in the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium theater as he introduces himself and fields any and all questions you may have.

Haj is the Guthrie’s eighth artistic director and recently made his Guthrie directorial debut with Shakespeare’s “Pericles,” playing through February 21 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Tickets for the event are free, but reservations are required. Order online or call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224.

New Brew: Boom Island Django Hop Bier

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Photo by Aaron Davidson // Growler Magazine

Boom Island Brewing Company hasn’t ventured too far into the hoppy side of brewing. Other than their Belgian-style IPA, Thoprock (which was especially terrific in its wet-hop form), their beers have relied mostly on malt and yeast for their defining flavors.

But even the most traditional Belgians have succumbed to the IPA craze. Recent formulations like Duvel Tripel Hop or Houblon Chouffe have provided a fine template for how the restrained Belgian style can judiciously incorporate some bitterness.

Hence, Boom Island’s latest release: Django. Named for the pioneering jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, this “hop bier” is a light blonde ale featuring background citrus from orange and lemon peel added to the whirlpool, and some nice melon aroma from the New Zealand-grown hops.

Django isn’t bitter by any stretch of imagination, clocking in at a mild 37 IBU. Instead, it’s fresh, sprightly, and balanced, with a significant amount of sediment from bottle conditioning. Give your bottle a swirl after your first sip or two.

Boom Island Django
Belgian “Hop Bier”
ABV: 6%
IBU: 37
Malt: Pilsner, pale, Belgian caramel, and white wheat
Hops: Wai-iti (NZ)
Available: Year-round, on draft and in four-packs of 11.2oz bottles.

It’s going to be a busy February at Boom Island. A couple Boom Room events for your radar:

Chinese New Year, February 6, complete with red envelopes, fortune cookies and more.

Noire Valentine Party, February 13, with a special open mic session featuring tales of romantic woe.

Django will have its official release party in the Boom Room on February 20. You can find four-packs in stores now.


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Valentine’s Day with baby (and beer)

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Photo by Aaron Davidson

Lake Monster Brewing is about to become the best friend of every beer-loving parent of an infant this Valentine’s Day.

The new St. Paul taproom is partnering with Do Good Diaper Service to host “Babies and Brews Valentine’s Day Bash,” a celebration of your little (or not so little: toddlers are welcome, too!) bundle of joy and your love of good beer.

Games, corn hole, and prizes will be on hand, $5 pints of Lake Monster’s signature brews will be flowing from 1-4pm, and the taproom will be full of family-fueled love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

RSVP at www.dogooddiapers.com/events. Learn more here.


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American Sky’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout Just in Time for V-Day

American Sky Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout

American Sky Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout

American Sky Beer from Hudson, Wisconsin is releasing a special Valentine’s Day treat for the (beer) lovers among us. American Sweetheart is a chocolate peanut butter stout making its 2nd annual Valentines Day week debut this Thursday, Feb. 13 at The Hangar—American Sky Brewing Co.’s taproom—and these selected establishments: Postmark Grille (Hudson), Taverna (Eau Claire), The Eau Claire Fire House (Eau Claire), TheTomahawk Room (Chippewa Falls), and Brickyard Pub & Eatery (Prescott). They only brew it once a year, hope you get to try some. Love is in the beer!

Weekend Events Preview: 2/13-2/16

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This week was a busy one here at The Growler.

With Issue 11 on stands now we are ready to kick back and enjoy the weekend. Below we’ve got a preview of great events from 612Brew’s first birthday, to Stout Week at Groveland Tap, and Indeed’s release of the 2014 Burr Grinder Coffee Ale. Oh yeah, and nothing says “I love brew… I mean you” more than some last minute Valentine’s Day plans.

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Happy 1 Year Anniversary 612Brew Crew

Thursday, February 13th

612Brew One Year Anniversary

Time goes fast when you’re making 1,650 barrels of beer! That’s how many 612Brew made in their first year of being open. Celebrate their one year anniversary with them at their location in NE Minneapolis at 4pm Thursday the 13th. Enjoy a free pint of beer from 4-5pm, watch CHUX Printing screenprint a special 1 Year Anniversary shirt right before your eyes, and dance to live mussic from Nathan Miller, Chris Holm and Picasso Baby. For more information click here

Related Post: 612Brew Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Stout Week at Groveland Tap

February 10th through the 16th Groveland Tap will be holding a deliciously dark Stout Week. They’ll have 23 stouts on tap including: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Stone Wootstout, Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout, Left Hand Wake Up Dead, Summit Rebellion, & Odell Lugene. Pints and flights will be available, as well as food specials on Stout Stew, Oyster Burger, & Stout Brownie. For more information click here

Drinking Liberally at 331 Club

Looking for new drinking buddies? Preferably ones you can vent to about today’s political climate? You’re in luck, because the Drinking Liberally group is meeting at the 331 Club in NE Minneapolis to tip a few back and talk politics. This event begins at 6pm and is hosted by Steve Timmer, Jennifer Syverson, Kelley Francis, and Tony Petrangelo. For more information click here.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Meet the drys, wets, gangsters, flappers, lawmen and suffragists of America’s most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup in the new traveling exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” created by the National Constitution Center, on view at the Minnesota History Center. Find out more here

American Sweetheart Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout Release and Sampling

American Sky Brewing Company, right over the river in Hudson WI, will be releasing it’s limited time only American Sweetheart, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout. Catch a sample or pint from 4-9pm and enjoy complimentary meat and cheese from Speciatly Meats & Gourmet while you’re at it. More information here.

14 Things to Help You Tolerate Valentine’s Day

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By Grace Sell

 

Whether single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated” – we were all struck by Cupid’s arrow the moment we tasted our first heartbreakingly-good craft beer. Here at The Growler, we may not be the most romantic kids on the block, but we do know love when we see it – just like we know a good beer when we taste it. So love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have put together a list of 14 dinners, gifts, beers, performances to help you tolerate the week. Many of the events include beer, but not all.

Related Post: Romance Built On Beer

1.) Chowgirl’s 4th Annual Locavore Love Affair

LocavoreLoveAffairChowgirls Killer Catering is opening the doors to their Parlor in Northeast Minneapolis and inviting you and your Valentine in for their Locavore Love Affair prix-fixe four course dinner. Made with locally available, organic, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients.

Start out the night with appetizers, which include a shot of velvety butternut squash bisque followed by a delicate Massachusetts sea scallop with sour cherries and fried shallot atop a parsnip puree. The salad course will be a kale chiffonade studded with blood orange and toasted almonds in a citrus-white balsamic vinaigrette. For entrees, guests can choose between Grassfed Osso Bucco — a marrow-filled bone-in beef shank served with a red-wine demi glace sauce, or Arctic Char — a firm yet delicate, grilled cold-water fish served with a Pernod Buerre Blanc. Vegetarians can opt for a torte of seasonal vegetable and Servecchio Parmesan. All entrees will be served with organic creamy grits and roasted seasonal vegetables. For dessert, diners will be treated with an individual Meyer lemon pie and two perfect Rare Rose honey bon-bons.

Speaking of Mademoiselle Miel. . .

2.) Saint Paul Made Honey Bon-bons from Mademoiselle Miel

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Legend has it that Cupid dipped his arrows in honey before aiming them at unsuspecting lovers. This Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart one of Mademoiselle Miel’s Valentine’s Day honey bon-bons. The collection includes three flavors; The Classic Rooftop, Rare Rose, and Lemon Zest, all made of 100% Italian chocolate. Each bon-bon is intentionally made in St. Paul with an array of pure rose or lemon oils and local honey.

Don’t just give your honey a box of chocolates from the grocery store. Purchase your chocolates online or directly from Mademoiselle Miel’s Honey Kitchen & Showroom in St. Paul at 342 Kellogg Boulevard West from 3 pm to 9 pm on Friday’s. Or these following locations wher Mademoiselle Miel’s sweets are sold: Surdyk’s, Heartland Market, The Walker Art Center Shop, Sugar Sugar, Minnesota Honey Company and Golden Fig.

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Animal Allies’ Valentino

3.) Support the Animal Humane Society by Eating Dessert

Give the animals a little lovin’ by ordering one of Pizza Luce’s delicious desserts this Valentine’s. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Twin Cities’ Animal Humane Society and Duluth’s Animal Allies. This just in, you have a new Valentine! His name is Valentino and he’s the most handsome  mastiff-mix you’ve ever seen. This loverboy enjoys long walks on the beach and giving you lots of kisses. He’s available for adoption in Duluth at Animal Allies, so what are you waiting for?

Have your cake and eat it too by ordering a dessert at any of Pizza Luce’s seven locations. Don’t plan on getting off the couch this Valentine’s? Don’t worry. They deliver.

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20