The Growler: Issue 56 – June 2018 – The Great Lakes

The Growler Issue 56 cover art // Art by Marnie Karger

The Growler Issue 56 cover art // Art by Marnie Karger

Dear Readers,

There are things in this world that are simply unfathomable.

I’ve sat in stunned silence on the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset, as purple shadows veiled the inconceivably wide gorge. And I’ve felt a dizzying sense of gravity as a telescope on a clear night in Lake Elmo transported me 2.5 million light-years away into the cloudy swirl of a nearby galaxy.

But for Minnesotans like myself, and for Upper Midwesterners in general, we don’t need to travel across the country or the universe to experience moments of transcendence. We need only visit the shores of the Great Lakes.

These freshwater seas are at once awesome and disquieting. Their vastness dwarfs even the largest freighters, rendering the term “lake” and all its quaint connotations laughably inadequate. And in their depths, which range from 210 feet deep in Lake Erie to over 1,300 feet deep in Lake Superior, lies inherent mystery.

In this issue we attempt to plumb these depths, exploring the wrecked remains of ships the lakes have swallowed (pg. 20). We get a taste of how the lakes have influenced the people and cultures living on their shores, from the Ojibwe whose prophetic migration brought them to Gichigamiing (pg. 28) to the changing food scenes of major Great Lakes cities (pg. 66). And we look at the important work being done to restore and conserve the lakes for future generations to come (pg. 10).

This month’s Great Lakes Issue is a reminder that even in the things we know well, there is so much more to be explored. With a voyageur spirit, we are excited to continue bringing you stories that dig deeper into the world of craft beer, food, spirits, arts, the outdoors, and more.

Cheers,

Brian Kaufenberg
Editor-in-Chief

Culture

Shipwreck NORMAN in upper Lake Huron // Photo courtesy Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Shipwreck NORMAN in upper Lake Huron // Photo courtesy Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Under The Fresh Water Seas
Divers explore the otherworldly realm of Great Lakes shipwrecks
By David Scheller

Make The Lakes Great Again
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative restores and maintains the largest freshwater system in the world.
By Jonathon Heide

On The Shores Of The “Great Water”
The Ojibwe people’s migration to Gichigamiing
By Mattie Harper

Craft Culture: Heirloom Muskie Lures
Supernatural Big Baits
By Nels Gilbertson-Urtel

Superior Sounds
Great summer concerts along the shores of the greatest Great Lake
By Mike Novitzki, 89.3 The Current

Artist Profile
Marnie Karger
By Kate Murphy

Crossword
Clues and Solution
By Victor Barocas and Andrew Ries

 

Drink

Dr. Emily Geiger is the founder of Craft Cultures, a commercial yeast company in Hancock, Michigan. Here, she focuses the microscope on a liquid yeast sample under 1000x magnification // Photo by Sarah Bird

Dr. Emily Geiger is the founder of Craft Cultures, a commercial yeast company in Hancock, Michigan. Here, she focuses the microscope on a liquid yeast sample under 1000x magnification // Photo by Sarah Bird

Microscopic Michigan
Dr. Emily Geiger is taming wild yeast on the shores of Superior
By Cedar Schimke

Brewer Profile: Earth Rider Brewer’s Rule of Three
Allyson Rolph, Tim Wilson, and Frank Kaszuba
By Jimmy Gilligan

Spirits Close-Up
Blended Whiskey
By John Garland

Craft Cocktails
Fleming Florey & Chain at Vikre Distillery
By John Garland

What We’re Drinking
June 2018
By Growler Staff

 

Food

A selection of smoked fish available at Northern Water Smokehaus // Photo by Wing Ta

A selection of smoked fish available at Northern Water Smokehaus // Photo by Wing Ta

Smoke and No Mirrors
The effort and integrity behind Northern Waters Smokehaus
By Steve Hoffman

Taste of the Great Lakes
The changing food scenes of Milwaukee, Detroit, and Toronto
By Lacey Muszynski, Lexi Trimpe, and David Ort

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