Bite of the Week: Vegan Szechuan Rice Bowl at Pat’s Tap

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The inaugural Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge is on, running from September 20 through October 20, pitting a host of local chefs against one another in a friendly competition to create the most popular (as decided by public … [ Read more]

Ingredients Unknown: The murky world of animal additives in alcohol

A few centuries ago, a fisherman heading out to sea needed a pouch for his ale. He chose a swim bladder—an organ used by fish to control buoyancy—pulled from a bucket of leftovers from his previous day’s catch. Filling the pouch with murky beer, he made for the marina. A few days later, while pouring … [ Read more]

Plants: It’s What’s For Dinner

A new crop of vegans and vegetarian food purveyors are progressing a scene started by pioneering restaurants For many local carnivores, the thought of even entering a vegan or vegetarian restaurant is frightening. Why would they want to spend their money on quinoa when there are so many great meats out there? While there truly … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s first plant-based restaurant, J. Selby’s, now open

All vegetarians and vegans have their own reasons for choosing a diet free of meat and other animal products. For former physician Matt Clayton, it was simply to run faster. “It’s not complicated at all,” he chuckles. “I was very stagnant in my half-marathon time and was looking for something to give me an edge … [ Read more]

Reverie Cafe + Bar transitioning to fully vegan menu, adds breakfast service

For everyone who made a New Year’s resolution to eat more vegetables in 2017, Minneapolis’ Reverie Cafe + Bar is making it easier to follow through as they are transitioning to a 100% vegan menu. After a successful year of business and an outpouring of support, this month will mark a move for the all-day cafe, … [ Read more]

23 BrewDog beers to carry Vegan Society trademark

The backlash against isinglass continues. Last November, Guinness announced they would no longer use the fish bladder byproduct to fine their legendary stout. Now, BrewDog, the rogue Scottish brewery, announced that 23 of their beers will carry the Vegan Society trademark, officially certifying them as free of animal products. BrewDog never used isinglass to begin … [ Read more]

Guinness to become Vegan-Friendly in 2016

There will be no more deliveries of fish bladders to St. James’ Gate: Guinness has announced plans to remove an animal by-product from its legendary stout. Guinness has been using isinglass, a gelatin made from fish bladders, as a filtration agent in its brewing process, though many modern brewers have transitioned to synthetic gelatins or … [ Read more]