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, and the Summer Beer Dabbler will be upon us in a few days.

Of course many of us are gearing up for the Minnesota State Fair that starts on the 24th—what to eat? Or more importantly, what to drink?


Jester King Brewery announced it is adopting the BA's independent craft brewer seal  // Photo via Jester King's Facebook

Jester King Brewery announced it is adopting the BA’s independent craft brewer seal  // Photo via Jester King’s Facebook

More than 1,800 breweries have adopted the Brewers Association (BA) independent craft brewer seal since its release in June. Outspoken Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas, one of the most recent adoptees, stated one of their reasons for taking on the seal is that a “startling number of [beer] options send your dollars funneling back to the same three or four giant beer conglomerates.”

Based in San Diego, California, craft brewer Green Flash Brewing Co. is planning its third brewery location in Lincoln, Nebraska. A production facility, tasting room, and restaurant is slated to open by the end of this year. Their second location is out east in Virginia Beach.

The Hewing Hotel is letting the public in on their alluring new rooftop bar—on Tuesdays, by reservation only. Exclusive cocktails by Tattersall Distilling are on the menu, as well as small plates from the Hewing Hotel’s restaurant.

Growler senior editor John Garland helped judge the International Cold Climate Wine Competition for 2017 and came away with some local wine recommendations to try this fall.

Are you ready for the Great Minnesota Get-Together? The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair should help.

And during the State Fair, check out the Minnesota Wine Country to sip, sample, and learn more about locally-made wines from across the state. In fact, enjoy 12 award-winning Minnesota wines alongside a gourmet menu of sweet and savory food pairings.

Tattersall Distilling is now open on Sundays. Starting last weekend, the distillery will be serving customers on Sundays from noon to 8pm, featuring special brunch cocktails in addition to their regular menu.

Lift Bridge Brewing expects to build a new brewery within two years. Last year, the Stillwater brewery produced 15,000 barrels of beer, while recently expanding its footprint further into Wisconsin. Currently at 11,000-square-feet, Lift Bridge wants to double its space to 30,000- to 35,000-square-feet. Wednesday, August 23 is also officially Mini Donut Beer Day in the city of Stillwater. Lift Bridge will pour their State Fair exclusive in the taproom for one day only, from 5–10pm.

The 9th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler is coming up this Saturday, August 26. Tickets are still available—$45 advance, $55 at the gates if there are any left.


Bardo is opening in Minneapolis this weekend // Photo via Bardo's Instagram

Bardo is opening in Minneapolis this weekend // Photo via Bardo’s Instagram

Bardo is opening this weekend in the Northeast, much to the excitement of chef and owner Remy Pettus. The new restaurant takes the place of Rachel’s at 222 East Hennepin. Bardo will be serving modern American fare, and will be open Wednesday through Monday weekly.

Burger mogul Red Cow opened its new Uptown location on August 22nd on Hennepin Avenue and 26th Street, taking the place of the tenured Green Mill who held it for nearly 40 years. While Green Mill continues to operate from its other locations, the turnover of the building to Red Cow is on par with other changes to that area in the last few years.

Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport (MSP) added 11 local restaurants and 35 shops as part of the first phase of a massive remodeling project. Republic, Black Sheep, Salty Tart, and Red Cow are among the restaurant additions.

Owners of the dessert food truck Dough Dough are making plans to open up their first permanent location on level 3 in the Mall of America later this fall. If you aren’t familiar, Dough Dough makes eggless cookie dough you can order like you do ice cream—by the flavor, by the scoop.


Art is Essential (Trailer) from Minneapolis Institute of Art on Vimeo.

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) released a documentary film series titled Art is Essential, a project responding to recent issues about funding for the arts. The film series focuses on what art means to individuals and families, and what it means for our shared humanity at large.

Last week St. Paul Port Authority announced Minnesota United FC owner Bill McGuire struck a deal to acquire the Midway Shopping Center, meaning that plans for a pro soccer stadium in St. Paul will continue moving forward. Only part of the shopping center will need to be demolished to make way for the stadium, but final details are yet to come.

A new interactive map of 300 public works of art across Minneapolis is now available online, thanks to the joint efforts of the city and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The project aims to make art pieces more accessible—not just logistically, but philosophically as well with information about the pieces and the artists. The map is made up of routes of different parts of the city and can be followed on foot, by bike, or car.

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