Urban Growler on Grand Opening, Carnitas, and more

Brian Kaufenberg // The Growler Magazine

Brian Kaufenberg // The Growler Magazine

Urban Growler Brewing Co. has announced an official grand opening. On Wednesday, August 27th, they’ll host Mayor Coleman, plus live music on the patio, special beers, giveaways and more. We caught up with Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak (second and third from left, respectively) to get the details.

Current Taproom Hours: Urban Growler has been soft open for a number of weeks now, but people are still calling them up asking when they’ll open. Hitch a ride on the Green Line and check them out. [Wed-Thu 4-9pm, Fri 3-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-8pm.]

The Beer: Brewer Deb Loch is brewing up approachable styles – currently all around 5% ABV. Her flagship Cowbell Cream Ale is a smooth, flavorful “transition beer” to convert the macro drinkers. She’ll have her Graffiti IPA (an English-style Rye-PA) on hand for the grand opening. They’re also featuring local ingredients through their Plow to Pint series – currently a hazy, astringent Rhubarb Wit. They plan to begin distribution to bars and restaurants sometime this fall.

The Food: We had no idea there was going to be a permanent kitchen at Urban Growler. But lo and behold, we walked into the brewery recently to the sweet smell of carnitas marinated in Urban Growler brew. Chef Paul Suhreptz has assembled a tight collection of sandwiches, with some artichoke dip and a few salads. Expect the menu to change based on availability of local ingredients.

The Identity: Leading up to its opening, we’d always hear Urban Growler prefaced as the first female-owned brewery in Minnesota. But we’d felt like that was a poor way to pigeonhole a brewery once it’s opened. So what does it really mean for the brewery experience? “It’s about little touches,” Pavlak tells us. “We spent a good amount on HVAC, both heating and cooling, purse hooks at the bar, and chairs you can hang them on without falling off. This place doesn’t scream ‘ladies’, instead, it’s the details that they’ll appreciate.”

Urban Growler Brewing, 2325 Endicott St., St. Paul. 651.340.5793.

About John Garland

John Garland is the Deputy Editor at the Growler Magazine. Find him on twitter (@johnpgarland) or in every coffee shop on West 7th Street.

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