Best Black Friday (Beer) Bets

Have past experiences and crazed crowds of holiday shoppers left a bad Black Friday taste in your mouth? Well there are a whole bunch of local breweries and businesses that want you to enjoy the day after Thanksgiving again. This year The Growler is recommending you skip the big box stores and spend your Black … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Company Expands, New Beers and Expanded Distribution To Follow

When Indeed Brewing Company opened their Northeast Minneapolis Brewery in 2012 they saved some space for more and bigger tanks with the hope of future expansion. Well, that original brewhouse is much more crowded these days and Indeed has again expanded their brewing capacity with the addition of a couple shiny new tanks and some new cellar space. … [ Read more]

Schell’s Purchasing Historic Grain Belt Sign, Hopes to Relight the Minneapolis Icon

August Schell Brewing Company, the New Ulm, MN-based makers of Grain Belt beer, have announced an agreement to purchase the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island. The brewery will donate the sign to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and with their help — and the support of a few other entities — plans to restore the sign to turn the … [ Read more]

Schell’s Expanding Sour Program, Ground Broken on “Star Keller”

August Schell Brewing Company has broken ground on a new facility that will house 10 cypress lagering tanks and an expanded home for Schell’s’ popular new series of sour beers. Schell’s acquired an abandoned farm on the outskirts of New Ulm and has begun building an additional 12,000 sq ft facility there. “My dad is kind … [ Read more]

Winners Announced for Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition

Mankato Brewery takes top honors at the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness first-ever Brews and Canoes Craft Beer Competition. Fifty years ago Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, “to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes.” Last night, that monumental piece of environmental … [ Read more]

Lake Monster Announces Saint Paul Brewery and Taproom

Currently contract brewing at Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls, WI, Lake Monster is targeting a summer 2015 opening date in Saint Paul, MN.   Lake Monster will join Bang Brewing, Urban Growler, and Burning Brothers in what is turning into a bit of a “brewing district” in the former industrial neighborhood along Saint … [ Read more]

28 New Food Items at The Minnesota State Fair

Summer in the cities has just begun, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about the must-try new food items at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together.” With nearly 500 foods available at 300 different food concessions throughout the fairgrounds, you have to go to the fair with a plan of action. Here’s a look … [ Read more]

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Expressionism, Pointilism and Coca Cola with Jesse Brodd

An Artist Profile of the Twin Cities’ only resident brewery artist. By Joe Alton The Growler: What’s your biggest fear? Jesse Brodd: Being trapped in small spaces. G: Medium? JB: Acrylic paint on canvas plus my Apple computer with Adobe Creative Suite to create posters and designs. G: How would you describe your artistic style?  … [ Read more]

Pages: 1 2

Artist Profile: Kyle “Moonguts” Coughlin

By Joseph Alton The Growler: Tell us something strange about yourself? KC: Since I was 18, I have not been able to figure out what my first tattoo should be. People are constantly surprised that I don’t have any yet. Ten years of indecision and I keep saying that I will do it “this year.” … [ Read more]

Pages: 1 2

16 Signs of Spring in the Twin Cities

By Joseph Alton and Grace Sell Who in their right mind isn’t losing it as we find ourselves still held fast in winter’s seemingly unending grip? As impossible as it may seem to imagine at the present moment, time will march on, and daffodils will soon supplant the snow drifts.  And if there is anything … [ Read more]

2014 James Beard Award Nominees Announced, Minnesota Represented

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton The “Oscars of the food world” has announced their list of 2014 nominees.  Perhaps the most prestigious set of honors in the culinary industry, The James Beard Foundation announced finalists Wednesday for the 2014 James Beard Awards. The JBF has pared their long list of 2014 nominees to the best-of-the-best and … [ Read more]

Locally Grown: Dinner on the Farm Takes Their Farm Dinners International

The Twin Cities based business will partner with Brooklyn Brewery to Host Farm-to-Table Dinners in 12 American and European Cities in 2014 The Minnesota-grown business—and Growler Magazine contributors—Dinner on the Farm have announced a partnership with Brooklyn Brewery to present a series of farm dinners that will kick off each stop on the Brooklyn Brewery Mash … [ Read more]

Minnesota has 73 of the 3,669 Active Permitted Breweries in the U.S.

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Each year The Beer Institute requests active ‘permitted brewery’ data from the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). According to the 2013 data analyzed, the United States now has a record-high 3,699 active ‘permitted breweries’ — 948 of which were new permits last year. It is important to note that permit counts can be different … [ Read more]

“Jawsh” Lemke: Aerosol as an Art Form

An Artist Profile of Josh “Jawsh” Lemke. By Joseph Alton The Growler: Tell me something weird about yourself? Josh Lemke: I have a very healthy obsession with Futurama, which includes a giant tattoo of Bender on my leg and many collectibles. G: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met? JL: I’m an … [ Read more]

Pour Decisions Brewing Company Maroon and Bold

Pour Decisions Brewing Company Maroon and Bold ABV: 9.0% Whoa! This is way darker than I anticipated. It’s a deep, cloudy brown (maroon, if you will) with the head timidly convening as you pour it. Alcohol, dates, and dark bread are prevalent, but none will assault your olfactory senses. This is like no other beer … [ Read more]