Art-a-Whirl at 2010 ArtBlok

Come see over 30 artists in one place! The Historic General Mills Laboratory is full to the brim with creative people and their businesses. Many will have their doors open for Art-a-Whirl weekend. Many will be offering family friendly demos al weekend long. We have plenty of free off street parking, and food trucks each day. Come visit!

Friday, May 17th 5-10pm – Food trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats and Kabomelette
Saturday, May 18th 12-8pm – Food trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats and Kabomelette
Sunday, May 19th 12-5pm – Food Trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats

2010 E. Hennepin AVe, Minneapolis

Art-a-Whirl at 2010 ArtBlok

Come see over 30 artists in one place! The Historic General Mills Laboratory is full to the brim with creative people and their businesses. Many will have their doors open for Art-a-Whirl weekend. Many will be offering family friendly demos al weekend long. We have plenty of free off street parking, and food trucks each day. Come visit!

Friday, May 17th 5-10pm – Food trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats and Kabomelette
Saturday, May 18th 12-8pm – Food trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats and Kabomelette
Sunday, May 19th 12-5pm – Food Trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats

2010 E. Hennepin AVe, Minneapolis

Art-a-Whirl at 2010 ArtBlok

Come see over 30 artists in one place! The Historic General Mills Laboratory is full to the brim with creative people and their businesses. Many will have their doors open for Art-a-Whirl weekend. Many will be offering family friendly demos al weekend long. We have plenty of free off street parking, and food trucks each day. Come visit!

Friday, May 17th 5-10pm – Food trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats and Kabomelette
Saturday, May 18th 12-8pm – Food trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats and Kabomelette
Sunday, May 19th 12-5pm – Food Trucks: Gerhardt’s Brats

2010 E. Hennepin AVe, Minneapolis

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Indeed Whirlygig // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Indeed Whirlygig // Photo courtesy Indeed Brewing Company

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many area restaurants, bars, and breweries not only acknowledge this artsy time of year, they embrace it to the full celebratory degree.

Here’s what you need to know about The Art, The Music, and The Parties of Art-A-Whirl.

The Art

Photo via Northeast Minneapolis Art Association Facebook

From pottery to printmaking, watercolors to woodworkings, artwork from more than 650 artists at 50-plus locations will be on display throughout Northeast. From the large studio buildings to individual artists’ studios and breweries in between, there’ll be no shortage of art on display. Artists’ open studio tours may also include demos, mini workshops, and the chance to ask questions and experience art first-hand with the creators.

As the largest open-studio tour in the country, we can’t list every studio, but here are some of the major ones if you have limited time or want some stellar starting points:

Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

California Building, 2205 California Street Northeast, Minneapolis

Historic Thorp Building, 1620 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street Northeast, Minneapolis

Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis

With artful venues abound, you’re in for a jam-packed weekend. Use the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) downloadable app map to help you plan a route, navigate the weekend-long event, find artists, plan your trip, and more.


The Music

Art-A-Whirl 2013 at Grumpy’s Bar NE // Photo via Grumpy’s Northeast Facebook

Move and groove, shake and shimmy, and listen up—there’s a ton of live music at this year’s Art-A-Whirl. And it doesn’t get more comprehensive than the music schedule our friends over at 89.3 The Current put together. Check out the music schedule to see which bands are playing, when, and where throughout the entire weekend.

Some highlights for include Mark Mallman and Charlie Parr at the 331 Club and The Sheridan Room. Bauhaus’ beer/art/music extravaganza, Liquid Zoo, will have the likes of Viva Knievel, Nooky Jones, Lady Lark, and Har Mar Superstar. And Grumpy’s Northeast is gearing up for a smashing Saturday, as The Cactus Blossoms and Superchunk will be on-site.


The Parties

Bauhaus Brew Labs // Photo courtesy of Bauhaus Brew Labs

Beyond the amazing art on display, Art-A-Whirl has grown into a full-on neighborhood block party, with many breweries, bars, and restaurants hosting events. Here are some of the places where you can grab a drink (or two, maybe three), get a bite to eat, take in some killer live music, or just sit back and enjoy the people watching.

Strange Girls Art-A-Whirl Market • Twin Spirits Distillery • Fri: 12pm–8pm • Free

Part creative collective, part arts organization, A Conspiracy of Strange Girls is a women-trans-femme+ group open to cis women, trans women, femmes, non-binary, and genderqueer folks. Head out to female-owned Twin Spirits Distillery for this one-day-only craft market, featuring artwork from 11 members of A Conspiracy of Strange Girls. Ten percent of art and distillery sales will be donated to SWOP Minneapolis.

612Brew at Art-A-Whirl • 612Brew • Fri: 2:30pm–12am; Sat: 12pm–12am; Sun: 12pm–8pm • Free

612Brew is amped and ready for its sixth annual Art-A-Whirl party with a live music lineup headlined by The Big Wu (Saturday). A total of 16 bands will be showcased during the weekend event at the brewery’s outdoor amphitheater. Expect lots of art, too, with a creative showcase from NEMAA members, as well as a pop-up tattoo shop. As for the beer, enjoy more than 10 of 612’s most popular taps and two new year-round beers.

The Liquid Zoo  • Bauhaus Brew Labs • Fri: 3pm–11pm; Sat: 12pm–11pm; Sun: 12pm–6pm • Free

The Liquid Zoo is back, Hauslers! For three days, Bauhaus Brew Labs will host a family-friendly celebration where top-notch musicians, artists, and food and beverage purveyors collide. Friday kicks it off with a dance party, while Saturday is an all-day concert featuring the likes of Nooky Jones and Har Mar Superstar. Sunday holds a Made By Hands Arts & Crafts Extra-Vaganza, featuring paintings, jewelry, woodworkings, sweets, knits, as well as an artist-designed mini golf hole from Can Can Wonderland.

Art-A-Whirl at Broken Clock • Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative • Fri: 4pm–10pm, Sat: 12pm–10pm, Sun: 12pm–6pm • Free

Join Broken Clock all weekend to view and purchase art from local and greater Minnesota artists. Take advantage of the stellar lineup of live music and food trucks on site, too. And if you’re a member of the cooperative brewery, there’s a special members-only event on Thursday from 6pm–8pm, where Broken Clock will be releasing two new summer shandies.

Whirlygig • Indeed Brewing • Fri: 5pm–11pm, Sat: 12pm–11pm, Sun: 12pm–8pm • Entry is $1 if you’re looking to buy a beer, and free for those not drinking.

Get down and get whirly during Indeed’s three-day extravaganza of art, beer, eats, and music. You’ll find some Indeed beers on tap, including LSD, Mexican Honey, Strawberry Fields, and selections from Wooden Soul. There will also be selections from Blue Door Pub, Natedogs, Dogwood Coffee Company, and Milkjam Creamery, and killer local music.

Artefacts: Art, Bikes, Chalk • Fri: 5pm–9pm, Sat: 12pm–5pm, Sun: 12pm–5pm • Free

Sociable Cider Werks will be a haven of art to celebrate this year’s Art-A-Whirl. There will be live chalk art murals created on the spot, a Minnesota Mobile Market (featuring products from Sota Clothing, Paddle North, and many other local vendors) on Saturday, family-friendly activities, and even a special performance from the St. Paul Ballet, showcasing the bike spectacle of “Bella Luna. And of course, a bounty of cider and beer will be on hand.

Chowgirls Lounge // Art-A-Whirl 2018 • Solar Arts Building • Fri: 5pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-8pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm

The third floor of the Solar Arts Building will be hoppin’ with curated goods—art, jewelry, clothing, homeware—plus a full cocktail bar, a lounge area, and TV dinners. Yes, you read that right. Chowgirls will have hearty daily specials—local-and-organic twists on the retro TV dinner.

Casket Arts at Art-A-Whirl • Casket Arts • Fri: 5pm–10pm, Sat: 12pm–8pm, Sun: 12pm–5pm • Free

As we mentioned above, Casket Arts will be a hubbub of all things artsy. Besides the 100+ artists opening their studio doors to show off their work, there will also be a Friday night parade, an iron pour, food trucks, live folk and Americana music on the fourth floor, beer from 612Brew, and a basement speakeasy bar thanks to Vikre.

Art-A-Whirl at 331 Club and The Sheridan Room • 331 Club and The Sheridan Room • Fri outdoors: 5pm–10pm, Fri inside: 10pm–2am, Sat outdoors: 12pm–10pm, Sat inside: 10pm–2am, Sun outdoors: 1pm–9pm • Free
If you’re prepped for a party, head over to the 331 Club and The Sheridan Room for three days of indoor and outdoor performances as Rad Owl, Charlie Parr, Mark Mallman, All Tomorrow’s Petty, and many others take the stage(s).

Art-A-Whirl Weekend at Studio Six • Studio Six • Fri: 5pm–10pm, Sat: 12pm–8pm; Sun: 12pm–5pm • Free

For the first time, the community television network and film collective, Studio Six, will be opening their doors to the public for attendees to take in numerous forms of creative output and artistic mediums. Throughout the weekend, there will be extra-special events, including a “Profession Confession” comedy party and a retrospective fashion show and performance art piece.

Art-A-Whirl at Tattersall • Tattersall Distilling • Sat: 12pm–11pm • Free

Drink cocktails and support local art at Tattersall, for more than 20 artists will be displaying their artworks at the distillery. Plus, hang out for an evening of music, live T-shirt screen printings, and more.

Grumpy’s Art-A-Whirl •  Grumpy’s Northeast • Sat: 12pm–2am • $5 with valid 21+ ID for admittance/drinking

The 23rd Anniversary Art-A-Whirl festivities start at noon, so get ready for a local and national music lineup, including Babes In Toyland drummer Lori Barbero as the host, roots duo The Cactus Blossoms, and indie rock headliner Superchunk. Plus, this party will be packed with food and spirits abound.

Hai Hai Parking Lot Party at Art-A-Whirl • Hai Hai • Sat: 1pm–9pm • Free

Stop by and say “Hai” to Grumpy’s next door neighbors, Hai Hai, for they’re hosting a parking lot event. Local artist Jennifer Davis will be painting a jungle-themed patio mural (think sloths, lemurs, and tropical flora) for the Northeast establishment from 1pm–5pm. Plus, the Hola Arepa food truck will be on site, as well as a Hai Hai grill tent, Fulton beers, and the vibrant turquoise “Cocktail Truck.”

Art-A-Whirl with The Anchor Fish & Chips • The Anchor Fish & Chips • Hours of operation, music starts at 3pm on Sat and Sun • $1 admission

The Anchor Fish & Chips is ready to set sail for their Art-A-Whirl party. Meander into the beer tent starting at noon, peruse through the artwork of Kim Whittemore, and check out the rad lineup of music, including headliners Monica LaPlante on Saturday and Romantica on Sunday.

Art-thou-Luau • Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge • Sat: 1:30pm–2am • Free, $3 for puppy pageant registration

Aloha, Art-A-Whirl! Things will be getting crazy at Psycho Suzi’s Art-thou-Luau, so get ready for a full day’s worth of live music, a build-your-own bloody mary bar, the sixth annual puppy pageant, tiki drinks and tons of food, photo ops with cuddly puppies, and an after party with Indeed Brewing in the Shangri-La Lounge.

The Mash-Up: American Craft Beer Week and Art-A-Whirl exclusives

Oliphant Brewing’ Awesome Juice, Great Job! // Photo via Oliphant Facebook

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email.

It’s Art-A-Whirl weekend and the end of American Craft Beer Week, which means lots of new offerings and special releases across the state.

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative debuts this weekend. Indeed and Dangerous Man collaborated on separate but similar tea-based beers. Bad Habit Brewing is releasing five beers in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Fair State has a handful of releases, LTS released a fruity pale ale infusion, and Third Street announced a pre-Prohibition lager.

New beers available this week (May 15–21)

10K Brewing

  • Altbier – A new malt-forward beer out of Anoka.

Able Seedhouse + Brewery 

  • Strawberry Supergiant Golden Ale – The strawberry version of Able’s golden ale is on draft at the taproom today and at The Sample Room.

Bad Habit Brewing Company

The brewery in St. Joseph is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with new beers available at the taproom:

  • Kolschdango Kölsch – Available on May 17
  • Always Hazy in Philly IPA – Available on May 18
  • Raspberry Dark Addiction Stout – Available on May 20

Badger Hill Brewing Company

  • Minne-Ale Kölsch – Now on tap for summer. 4.8% ABV, 22 IBU.
  • Minne-Ale Kölsch with pomegranate – Their weekly infusion keg, May 16.

Bald Man Brewing Company

  • Delirious Strong Belgian Ale – Released on Thursday, this beer is inspired by the late Prince song “Delirious.” Taproom only.

Barley Johns Brewing Company

  • Mango Double Pale Ale – A new mango double pale ale out of New Richmond. Available at the New Richmond taproom since Wednesday. 6% ABV, 45 IBU

Brau Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Hopsession Super Pale Ale – In six-packs and on draft, Brau Brothers describes this session beer as having “all the hoppiness of an IPA at only 4.2% ABV.”

Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

The state’s second co-op brewery opens this weekend for Art-A-Whirl. The opening lineup:

  • Community Kölsch – 5.2% ABV, 32 IBU.
  • Lavender Uprising – IPA with lavender, 7.2% ABV, 92 IBU.
  • Stand Up Stout – 6.2% ABV, 32 IBU.
  • 2Brew Coffee Kölsch – 5.2% ABV, 32 IBU.

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

  • Birds of a Feather – Available May 19, this Art-A-Whirl beer is a collaboration with Indeed where both breweries selected a custom-made tea from Tea Source in Roseville to use with an amber ale base. The beer is similar in flavor to Indeed’s version (see below), “However, ours has additional notes of: mulling spices, carrot cake, and freshly-baked sweetbread (due chiefly to our custom tea blend),” says Dangerous Man lead brewer John Leingang.
  • Session IPA – A Mother’s Day offering, brewed by Dangerous Man with the help of one of their bartender’s mother.
  • Peach Milkshake IPA – Released yesterday, they describe the new hazy IPA as featuring “250 lbs of peaches, tons of oats, and a hint of vanilla.”

Excelsior Brewing Company

  • Blood Orange Tart Sour – A dry hopped sour, described by the brewery’s website as “a favorite for both sour, cider, and ale drinkers.”

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • Artsy Fartsy Pale Ale – Another Art-A-Whirl beer, this one exclusive to the weekend’s events at the Fair State taproom. It’s a hoppy golden ale that debuts at 2pm today. 4.8% ABV, 25 IBU.
  • Points North – Out today, this is the test batch brewed at Fair State’s new St. Paul brewhouse. The brewery describes it as “a saison designed with lakeside weekends in mind.” Available on draft. 5% ABV, 30 IBU.

Grand Rounds Brewing Company

  • Mo’ Citra Mo’ Problems IPA – A new 8.0% ABV IPA made with Golden Promise malts and Mosaic and Citra hops.

HammerHeart Brewing

  • Nordlys – A juniper pale ale, aged in aquavit barrels. Wax dipped bottles available.

Inbound BrewCo

  • English-style Barley Wine – Tapped on May 12, this is a limited time taproom release.
  • Hibiscus Saison – Out Friday, Inbound describes the beer as “Pleasantly tart, floral, and supremely drinkable. Hibiscus petals give way to that gorgeous red shine and produce a cranberry-esque flavor.” 6.0% ABV, 16 IBU.

Indeed Brewing Company

  • Flock Together: Amber Ale with Tea – Indeed describes their version of the Dangerous Man tea beer collab: “The beer is expected to have rich caramel and raisin notes with flavors of vanilla and chocolate.” The tea is also for sale and the beer will later hit select bars and restaurants. Indeed and Dangerous Man previously collaborated on a tea beer for In Cahoots 2016.

Junkyard Brewing

  • Vertical Pale Lager – This Pilsner-style lager is made from 100 percent pale malt from Vertical Malting, a small malthouse located in Fisher, Minnesota. On draft at the taproom.
  • Saskatooner Sour with blueberries – On draft at the taproom tonight.

LTS Brewing

  • Hazy Shade of Summer Infused With Tropical Fruit – A citrusy pale ale infused with pineapple, mangos, strawberries, and papayas that was released Thursday at the taproom.

Lupulin Brewing

  • Citridiculous – Lupulin is turning two on May 20 and will celebrate with this “ridiculously citrusy IPA made with a ton of hops.”
  • Not Bad For A Strip Mall Brewery – An anniversary double IPA, also set for a May 20 release.

Maple Island Brewing

  • Peel Me Wit – New for the summer in Stillwater.

Modist Brewing Co.

  • Misunderstood Genius Double IPA – Out today, the first in the new Modist Maker Series. Made by Modist drinking club member Beau and by head brewer Keigan Knee, it’s an oats and barley grain bill with Cryo Hops.

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

  • Brownie Jabrowni – Northbound’s brown ale, infused with cocoa nib and vanilla bean.

Oliphant Brewing

  • Brown Sugar Brown Brown – A 6.5% ABV English-style brown ale brewed with brown sugar. Taproom only.
  • Gobias – Oliphant’s coffee black ale is back.
  • Mothra vs. Mothra – Released on Wednesday, this is an IPL with Citra hops. 5.0% ABV. In the taproom and in stores.
  • Zone Plane 8 – A Belgian Pale Ale showcasing 3 different hop varieties. 6.3% ABV, also in the taproom and at local stores.
  • Awesome Juice, Great Job! – A 4.2% ABV white ale brewed with lemon juice and zest and Chinese five-spice

OMNI Brewing

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Omnipotent Scotch Ale – In celebration of the brewery’s patio opening, OMNI is releasing bottles of Omnipotent Scotch Ale, aged for six months in Buffalo Trace and Four Roses barrels. Available tonight at Premier Wine & Spirits in Osseo and tomorrow at OMNI’s taproom.
  • Cabernet Barrel-Aged Omnipotent Scotch Ale – They are also releasing bottles of Omnipotent Scotch Ale, aged in cabernet wine barrels. Available tomorrow at OMNI’s taproom.

Pitchfork Brewing

The Hudson, Wisconsin, brewery is hosting its Springfest 2017 this Saturday and will have special beer releases throughout the event, including:

  • Der Hammer Alt on cherries
  • Chocolate Milk Stout with semi sweet chocolates from Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts
  • White Wheat IPA

Roets Jordan Brewery Co.

  • Fruity – “A fruit-bomb Apricot Wheat Ale,” says the brewery.

Tin Whiskers Brewing

  • Circuit Breaker Double IPA – The brewery calls it “a smooth and complex Double IPA brewed with Calypso and Amarillo hops.” 8.4% ABV, 80 IBU.

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House

  • Dandelion Wine – Bottles are for sale at the winery now, and they recently picked flowers for the next batch on Mother’s Day weekend.
  • Rhubarb Wine – A locally made rhubarb wine is available at the Lake Street winery.

Waconia Brewing Company

Special barrel aged releases for American Craft Beer Week:

  • Driftwood Gin Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout – A barrel aged limited release beer in honor of American Craft Beer Week, available on May 17.
  • Mo’ Whiskey Barrel Aged Milk Stout – A barrel aged limited release beer in honor of American Craft Beer Week, available May 17.

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

The first two foeder wild ales from Wild Mind debuted to the world on Tuesday.

  • Lightness of Being – Tasting notes from the brewery note lemon curd, vanilla, wildflowers, and stone fruit.
  • Through the Vines – They describe this one as, “A dry, rustic-style farmhouse ale with hints of white wine, tart berries, fresh hay, and lemon,” then dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.

Seasonal or rotating returns

Junkyard Pulpasaurus IPA // Photo via Junkyard Instagram

Bad Habit Brewing Company

  • Lemon Hangup Blonde Ale – Available on May 19
  • Passion Fruit IPA – Available on May 21

Bank Brewing

  • Money IPA – A juicy IPA that debuted at Pride Dabbler 2016.

Bemidji Brewing

  • Golden Sour Ale 

Excelsior Brewing 

  • Minnegose – Excelsior’s take on the German wheat beer style is back. Brewed with coriander and Himalayan sea salt.

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

  • LÄCTOBÄC – The popular lactobacillus beer is back for summer on tap and in bottles. This time it’s naturally conditioned with Brett and brewed with ginger, lemon, and lemongrass.

Junkyard Brewing

  • Pulpasaurus IPA – From the brewery: “This 7% ABV beauty is loaded with El Dorado hops and tastes like orange sorbet.” On draft and in cans this week at the taproom.

Beers just announced

The original recipe for Third Street’s forthcoming Brewer’s Tears, a pre-Prohibition lager // Photo via Third Street Facebook

Boom Island Brewing Company

  • Sorghum Molasses Belgian Tripel – Coming for the June 15–17 Homebrew Con, this tripel is a collaboration with James Spencer from Basic Brewing Radio podcast. It debuts at the taproom and at the conference.

Inbound BrewCo / MKE Brewing

  • Wit Wine – A border-crossing collaboration that is a twist on traditional wheat wine, made with coriander and orange peel.

Insight Brewing

  • Short Vacation – To honor Hombrew Con, Insight is throwing the Chop & Brü Prefunk Party on June 14. They’ll be serving the exclusive Short Vacation, described on Facebook as “a Belgian Table Beer brewed…with ingredients from BSG Craftbrewing and Imperial Yeast.”
  • The party will also premiere a currently-unnamed juniper and sage barrel-aged ale that officially releases three days later at the Great NE Beer Carnival. Bottles go on sale June 17 at 12pm.

Lake Monster Brewing

  • Hibiscus Berliner – Out in late May, this draft-only beer is a sour wheat ale infused with hibiscus flowers. Described by brewer Matt Lange as “a refreshingly tart flavor and bright pink hue.”

Third Street Brewhouse

  • Brewer’s Tears – a 1919 pre-Prohibition recipe rescued from the archives at Third Street. Coming in June.

Did we miss a beer release or announcement? Email us at [email protected] to let us know about new beers from this week and beyond. Or let us know what new beer you’re enjoying by using #TheMashUp on Twitter and Instagram.

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2017

Art-A-Whirl is the largest open-studio tour in the country // Photo courtesy of Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association

It’s a whirlwind of a weekend—half art show, half party, and a whole lot of fun for everyone. Art-A-Whirl is back for its 22nd year May 19–21 in Northeast Minneapolis.

The Art

From clay to printmaking, glass to paintings, artwork from more than 600 artists at 50+ locations will be on display throughout Northeast. From the large studio buildings to individual artists’ studios, there’ll be no shortage of art on display. Use the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)’s official downloadable map to help you find your way and their app to help you navigate the event, find artists, plan your trip, and more.

As the largest open-studio tour in the country, we can’t list every studio, but here are some of the largest if you have limited time or want to pack as much into one stop as possible.

The Music

The 4onthefloor plays the Bauhaus Liquid Zoo at last year’s Art-A-Whirl // Photo courtesy of Bauhuas

It doesn’t get more comprehensive than the music schedule our friends over the 89.3 The Current put together. Head over there to see which bands are playing, when, and where throughout the entire weekend.

The Parties

Indeed Whirlygig // Photo courtesy of Indeed

Beyond the amazing art on display, Art-A-Whirl has grown into a full-on neighborhood block party, with many breweries, bars, and restaurants hosting events. Here are some of the places where you can grab a drink, get a bite to eat, take in some live music, or just sit back and enjoy the people watching. All of these events are free to attend.

Whirlygig • Indeed Brewing • Friday and Saturday 12pm–11pm, Sunday 12pm–8pm • Free

Three days of art, beer, and music: Welcome to Whirlygig. Enjoy a beer or two from Indeed, including their new Lucy Session Sour, eats from Blue Door Pub and Natedogs, and live music all weekend. As you get full on food and beer, get your fill of the arts by heading upstairs and checking out the Solar Arts Building.

Arty Party • Fair State Brewing • Friday 2pm–12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm–9pm • Free

Art (as well as beer) will be flowing at Arty Party. Fair State will be premiering their Artsy Fartsy Pale Ale on draft on Friday at 2pm. The taproom will also host a silent auction all weekend, art-centric trivia, and live screen-printing.

The Liquid Zoo 2017 • Bauhaus Brew Labs • Friday 4pm–11pm, Saturday 12pm–11pm, Sunday 12pm–6pm • Free

Bauhaus’ Liquid Zoo event is a family-friendly celebration where top notch musicians, artists, and food and beverage purveyors collide. Plenty of Bauhaus beer will be available, along with pop-ups from Revival and Parlour. Saturday is an all-day concert featuring the likes of SOLID GOLD, Heiruspecs, ZULUZULUU, and Caroline Smith. Sunday holds a Made By Hands Arts & Crafts Extra-Vaganza, featuring paintings, jewelry, woodworkings, sweets, knits, and much more.

Art-A-Whirl at 331 Club and The Sheridan Room • Friday 5pm-close, Saturday 12pm-close, Sunday 1pm-close • Free

331 Club and next-door neighbors, The Sheridan Room, will be overflowing with music for three days indoor and outdoor stages as Mixed Blood Majority, Charlie Parr, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Fury Things, and many others perform.

N.E. Beer Garden • Dangerous Man Brewing • Saturday 12pm–11pm • Free

A family-friendly event with live music, food trucks, and fresh beer. Performers include deM atlaS, Kitten Forever, Royal Brat, and more. From 12-3pm, The Minneapolis Beard & Moustache Club will host Beard-A-Whirl, a live, artistic beard contest for men, women, and children. Whether it’s a person’s actual handlebar mustache and goatee, or faux facial hair made from flowers and feathers, this “beauty pageant” will be groomed with creativity.

Grumpy’s NE 2017 Art-A-Whirl Party • Grumpy’s Northeast • Saturday 12pm–10pm • Free

Grumpy’s is a Northeast staple, and of course, will be getting in on the Art-A-Whirl fun with a stellar music lineup on Saturday headlined by Har Mar Superstar. Outdoor bars sprinkled throughout the event will be pouring lots of goodies, while NorthGate Brewing will also be on hand with their Canoe Country Cream Ale, sales of which benefit Save the Boundary Waters.

The Anchor Fish & Chips • Music starting Saturday and Sunday at 2pm • Free

Anchors aweigh! Enjoy food and beer from noon to close each day, along with an array of music, including headliners Monica LaPlante on Saturday and Romantica on Sunday.

Psycho Suzi’s Art-A-Whirl Outdoor Waterfront Festival • Saturday 1pm–2am • Free

Art-A-Whirl is an imaginative occasion, and Psycho Suzi’s is getting in on that spirit with an outdoor waterfront tiki festival. Devour State Fair-style food, and sip on tiki drinks and beers while you watch adorable puppies strut in costumes and dolled up ‘dos with their fifth annual puppy fashion show. Of course, there will be live music, as well as a dance party to move and groove to.

Betty Danger’s Country Club • Saturday 12pm–9pm • Free

Betty Danger’s Country Club wants to join in on the Art-A-Whirl fun, too. They’re looking to have a dangerously good time with catchy songs from Ladies of the 80s from 5pm–8pm. As for the art, browse the artist tents, get creative with DIY spin art, and interact with live graffiti artists.

612Brew at Art-A-Whirl • Friday 5:30pm–10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm • Free

612Brew will host their fifth annual Art-A-Whirl party with a live music lineup headlined by Absolute Gruv (Friday) and The 4onthefloor (Saturday), an art showcase from several members of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, a pop-up tattoo shop from Jackalope Tattoo, a smorgasbord of food trucks throughout the weekend, and plenty of 612Brew beer from their tap trailer, a can tub by the stage, and two indoor bars. Attendees who show a receipt for an art purchase from the weekend get a free beer. The event is all-ages friendly.

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2016

Art-A-Whirl from FlyoverFilms on Vimeo

Half art show, half party, all fun.

Art-A-Whirl, the largest open-studio tour in the country, is May 20–22 in Northeast Minneapolis. With artwork on display from more than 600 artists at 50+ locations and pretty much every bar, restaurant, and brewery planning a party, we at The Growler thought we’d make your Art-A-Whirl planning a little easier with this handy dandy guide.


The Classic – Grumpy’s is about as Northeast Minneapolis as it gets. They’ve been involved in the neighborhood’s arts scene since before many of their regulars could legally belly up to the bar. Grumpy’s Art-A-Whirl bash is Saturday and will be headlined by Babes in Toyland.

The All-In-One – If you’re short on time and want to squeeze all that is Art-A-Whirl into one stop, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spot than Indeed Brewing’s Whirlygig and the Solar Arts Building’s 3 Floors of Glory. The brewery is located on the ground floor of Solar Arts, and will be featuring live music Friday–Sunday with plenty of beer and food to boot. Artists on the second floor will have their studios open to the public, and the Chowgirls Lounge on the third floor is promising a new kind of Art-A-Whirl experience with comfy seating, food, drinks, and a local makers market.

The Blutp̈akt – The two version of the Dangerous Man and Surly collaboration beer, Blutp̈akt German Porter, will be tapped at Dangerous Man’s taproom and the 331 Club, respectively, on Saturday, May 21, at noon. The beers were made using the same recipe, save for the yeast strain used to ferment them. Click here for the full story.

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The Art – The sheer volume of art on display throughout the course of the weekend makes it difficult to call out one or two specific locations. The interactive map below includes places where there will be 10 or more artists displaying their work, but there are many more individual artists who will have their studio doors open. See the official Art-A-Whirl map for these locations or just head to Northeast and wander around—it’ll be hard to go more than half a block without finding an artist with their work on display.

The App – New this year, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association created an Art-A-Whirl app to help you navigate the event, find artists, plan your trip, and more. Check it out.

Live Music


Indeed’s Whirlygig 2015 // Photo via Indeed Facebook page

Over the last five years, Art-A-Whirl has become the busiest and most exciting weekend for local music in the Twin Cities, and this year’s lineup continues that tradition.

With 70+ acts set to perform, scheduling can be a bit overwhelming, so The Growler contributor and Weekly Set List author Kyle Matteson put together the below chronological list of his top picks for the weekend. (Granted, some of these shows overlap and/or would require superhuman speed to get from one to the next, but we thought it best to lay them all out there for you and let you decide.)


  • 5pm – Murder Shoes at 331 Club
  • 6pm – BBGUN at Fair State Brewing Co-op
  • 7pm – Sam Cassidy Band at Indeed Brewing
  • 8pm – Bruise Violet at 331 Club
  • 9pm – Communist Daughter at 331 Club


  • 1pm – The Ventures Cover Band at Indeed Brewing
  • 3pm – Rank Strangers at 331 Club
  • 3:30pm – Gospel Machine at Bauhaus Brew Labs
  • 4pm – Dosh at Indeed Brewing
  • 4:15pm – tiny deaths at Dangerous Man
  • 5pm – Mina Moore at Fair State Brewing Co-op
  • 5:30pm – Bad Bad Hats at Bauhaus Brew Labs
  • 6pm – Nooky Jones at 612Brew
  • 6pm – Birthday Suits at Indeed Brewing
  • 6:15pm – Shannon and the Clams at Grumpy’s NE
  • 6:15pm – Eric Mayson at Fair State Brewing Co-op
  • 6:15pm – Frankie Teardrop at Dangerous Man
  • 6:30pm – Jeremy Messersmith at Bauhaus Brew Labs
  • 7pm – The Blind Shake at Indeed Brewing
  • 7:30pm – All Tomorrow’s Petty at Fair State Brewing Co-op
  • 8pm – Bloodnstuff at Indeed Brewing
  • 8pm – Solid Gold at Pyshco Suzi’s
  • 8pm – The Cloak Ox at 331 Club
  • 9pm – Black Eyed Snakes at Indeed Brewing
  • 9pm – Frankie Lee at Fair State Brewing Co-op
  • 9pm – Babes In Toyland at Grumpy’s NE
  • 9:30pm – DJ Jake Rudh’s Transmission at Psycho Suzi’s
  • 12am – The Rockford Mules at 331 Club (indoors)


  • 1pm – The Federales at Indeed Brewing
  • 3pm – Matt Latterell at Indeed Brewing
  • 4pm – PHO at 331 Club
  • 5pm – Charlie Parr at Indeed Brewing
  • 5pm – Martin Devaney at Anchor Fish & Chips
  • 6pm – Valet at Anchor Fish & Chips
  • 7pm – Romantica at Anchor Fish & Chips

Still want more? See 89.3 The Current’s rundown of music for the weekend.


The below map includes locations where 10 or more artists will have their work on display, as well as the bars, restaurants, and breweries throwing Art-A-Whirl parties. Click on the pins to see links to more info about each event or the icon in the upper left for a list of locations.

New Kids on the Map: Thoughts from a first-time Art-A-Whirler


A-Mill Artist Lofts while still under construction // Photo via A-Mill Artist Lofts website

It has become an official Minneapolis harbinger that spring is truly here: Art-A-Whirl (AAW). The annual celebration of all-things creative signals that we’ve survived another Minnesota winter, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy beauty in all its forms.

Now in its 21st year, Art-A-Whirl, organized by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), draws tens of thousands of people to Northeast Minneapolis every spring. This year, the largest open studio art crawl in the country is adding a new building to its map: A-Mill Artist Lofts at 315 Main Street SE.

Related Post: The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2016

This is the first full weekend the building will be open to the public—an event in and of itself. The main “A” building opened in July of last year; the last wave of residents (myself included) received keys in September. With only a few months to prepare, AAW descended on us quickly and expectations of what the weekend-long arts fest would mean for us rose very high, very fast—especially for those participating in AAW for the first-time.

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2015 Art-A-Whirl // Photo by Joe & Jen Photography

I wish I could say that moving into this artist loft ignited a creative spark; that as I wandered down to the Stone Arch Bridge, little birds landed on my shoulders and together we sang to the river about how I would begin creating again. But the reality was a little less Disney, and a lot more gradual. It happened slowly, as the textures of the 135-year-old building began to sink under my skin. I’ve lived here for eight months, and find new intricacies in the brick and concrete every day.

2016cover2AAWThere were initial shouts of glee from A-Mill residents when the cover art for the 2016 NEMAA Artist Directory and Guide was released: There it is, our home, right on the front cover. However, some were disappointed to learn that we are not technically part of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. At first I didn’t understand it either—although, upon further inspection, it’s a simple matter of geography. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District was designated and formed in 2003, which just happened to be the same year that production ceased at A-Mill.

There are plenty of blocks that successfully participate in AAW outside of that designation, however. The worry for us not being included in the district is that we won’t get the organic foot traffic that those to the north and east of us might. But we can’t change our physical proximity to the Casket Arts building or the historic Thorp building, or the fact that we’re the farthest south of all the AAW locations.

But I found some interesting insight on the issue from my neighbor Aldo Moroni. Moroni is a sculptor who has participated in AAW since the very first one, over 20 years ago. “What makes AAW important is that it isn’t a tent show,” Moroni shared with me. The impetus for AAW all those moons ago, he explained, was to open up and share the live/work space of Northeast artists. This distinction is the reason that AAW has garnered the national attention that it has—it’s not a smelt of people with tent space purchased by local, regional, and national artists for the weekend, such as Stone Arch Bridge Festival or Loring Park Art Festival. Instead, AAW is unique in that it consists of people that live in the area and produce work here year-round.


2015 Art-A-Whirl // Photo by Joe & Jen Photography

Originally intended to showcase visual artists, AAW has since grown into a prime weekend for live music, too. The explosion of the area’s craft beer scene has added yet another level to the excitement. And as the beast that is the AAW continues to evolve and grow, it will now include the participation of us wildlings in A-Mill, just off the beaten path.

One thing I’d recommend: When you come to A-Mill, wander behind the building and see the train tracks. While there, marvel at the buttresses that were added in 1975 to help maintain the integrity of the building as it began to shift due to the decades it spent housing humming machinery. Within the building, you will find old grain elevators juxtaposed with modern lighting and contemporary lounge furniture. The tall ceilings and expansive spaces allow for even the most vertically endowed to feel like a little kid.

In short, come see this beautiful, badass building. Then stay for the beautiful, badass art that is created by those fortunate enough to call this historic place home.

Click here for more information on the A-Mill’s AAW event or see The Growler guide to Art-A-Whirl 2016 to help plan your trip. In addition, Ride MN Transportation Museum’s “Museum on Wheels” will be running from the A-Mill’s front door at 315 Main Street SE to the heart of AAW at Marshall and 13th Avenue NE during all three days of the event during the following times: Friday May 20, 5-10pm; Saturday May 21, 12-8pm; and Sunday May 22, 12-5pm.

The Mill: Beer Week Redux, Art-A-Whirl, Omnibus

By John Garland
The Mill, May 13 2014

Daniel Murphy // DM Photo

The Mill has unthawed and now spring has us tumbling through the rinse cycle. But the forecast is looking bright and sunny for Thursday’s Saints home opener (where the Beer Dabbler Bullpen will be pouring some fine local suds).

Events Coming Up:

Hot on the heels of MN Craft Brew’s 10,000 Minutes, it’s now American Craft Beer Week. Check out the official national events calendar, and filter for Minnesota to view the crazy amount of specials happening around town.

We’re helping throw a Beerfest at the MIA on Thursday, and Art-A-Whirl festivities will hit 612Brew and Indeed Brewing this weekend.

Hudson’s American Sky Brewing will host a party to debut their Dogfight Sorachi Ace Saison, this Saturday the 17th, from noon to 10pm. They’ll have Dogfight on tap and in 750ml bottles, plus live music and a couple food trucks.

And next week is cider week at Town Hall. Join them at the seven corners brewery on Monday the 19th for a cider seminar and dinner, featuring reps from Aspall, Crispin and Sociable Cider Werks. Then, check out an Aspall tasting at Town Hall Lanes on Tuesday the 20th.

Brew News:

Badger Hill’s Traitor IPA is now getting around in six-packs – Lift Bridge has Getaway Pilsner in tallboys – the new LTD Brewing in Hopkins is hiring – Moorhead’s Junkyard Brewing has signed a lease on a new location, taproom forthcoming.

Spirits Update:

Far North Spirits Ålander Rum is now filtering out to stores—and I’ll be chatting about this and more with John Hines on 830 WCCO Radio this morning at 11:10am.

Liquor Omnibus:

The full bill, minus Sunday growler sales, is on its way to Governor Dayton’s desk. The House chamber removed the growler provision, saying DFL leaders in the Senate—and pressure from the Teamster’s union—would not allow it to pass. Read Briana Bierschbach’s terrific recap of all the omnibus drama over at MinnPost.

So, while a small setback for breweries, it’s good news for the bill’s other provisions—including ones for microdistilleries to host cocktail rooms and an extension of bar hours during this summer’s MLB All-Star Game festivities.

The Mill is The Growler’s brand new weekly round-up of all things imbibing. Have any inside info? Email j[email protected]

Arts MN: Art-A-Whirl, an Art-Student Scholarship, and a Play on Bacherolettes

By Naomi Crocker

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Reflection: serious thought or consideration. Although the connections between art and the act of reflecting are evident, this week’s events are those that will allow you to experience reflection in all its forms: a portfolio exhibit for senior graphic design students, who are most likely reflecting on what to do with their lives after graduation; a play which showcases the type of self-reflection that only a drunken bachelorette party experience can produce; two events that offer the chance to meet local artists in person and consequently, to reflect on their philosophies; and finally, a modern dance performance that will demand some serious thought and consideration regarding what exactly it was that the dancers were trying to communicate.

The Reveal

North Star Ballroom, University of Minnesota St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN

May 15 // 6–9pm


Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in the St. Paul Student Center on May 15, The Reveal will feature the portfolios of the 41 graduating seniors from the University’s graphic design program. This year’s graduates have diverse interests and backgrounds in everything from animation and web design to printmaking and fashion, so their portfolio curations are sure to be both unique and thought-provoking. The event is free, open to the public, and runs from 5–9pm.

Beer bonus: If you’re a blossoming homebrewer with dreams of one day opening a brewpub of your own, note that many of the show’s graduating seniors have both the skills and verve necessary to create and implement bottle label designs, business logos, or menu layouts. Make some new contacts!

The Drunken City

The Lyric at Carleton Place, 765 Hampden Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Opens May 14 (Runs through June 7) // 7:30pm


The brainchild of artistic directors, and theater veterans, Sarah Marsh and Bill McCallum, dark & stormy productions’ mission is two-part: to find, develop, and sustain the next generation of theater-goers, and to provide exciting, exceptional theater experiences for current audiences. Their latest production, The Drunken City, which premiers May 14, highlights the experiences of three bachelorette party-crawling, brides-to-be, one of whom begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted, and extremely handsome, stranger. Tickets can be purchased online and are $25 for general admission and $15 for individuals under 30. In addition, and due to the fact that many of dark & stormy’s plays take place in found spaces, there is no late seating to any of the shows. All performances begin promptly at 7:30pm.

Beer bonus: Consider treating a friend to dinner and a show, albeit in the most inventive manner ever at the first ever Twin Cities Burger Battle taking place in Mears Park (downtown St. Paul) on May 17.

First Impressions Scholarship

Presented by Posters and Pints, Summit Brewing, & Steady Print Shop

Deadline for Submissions is May 16


Posters and Pints, together with Summit Brewing Company and Steady Print Shop present an unique opportunity for art students to launch their career. The winner of the First Impressions Scholarship will have a poster printed, all-expenses-paid, through the generosity of Summit Brewing Company. Steady Print Shop will print an edition of 100 color posters, it will then be showcased and available for sale at the Posters and Pints event on June 21st, 2014. The recipient is encouraged to make their design reap the most out of this unique opportunity.

Applicants must have a valid student I.D., be at least 21 years in age and enrolled in a local post-secondary arts program. Applicants must present proof of age, a valid student I.D., a letter of intent and at least three portfolio examples of their work no later than May 16th, 2014. Visit the Posters and Pints website for all the requirements and to submit your work.

Beer Bonus: Posters and Pints is not just a art show for the best poster artists in Minnesota, but also a beer tasting event. Tickets for the June 21st show at Uppercut Gym are just $20 and get you samples of beer from 612Brew, Dangerous Man, Day Block, Indeed, Lift Bridge, Steel Toe, and Summit Brewing.

19th Annual Art-A-Whirl

Various locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, MN

May 16–18 (Friday, 5–10pm; Saturday, noon–8pm; Sunday, noon–5pm)

Art-a-Whirl 2014

It’s back! Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, with more than 60 locations (including studios, both public and private galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses, and restaurants) and featuring the art of over 500 artists in more than 20 mediums (including clay, textiles, glass, metal, furniture, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, and more). Bottom line, Art-A-Whirl is a great opportunity chat with artists directly, learn more about a particular technique, and purchase original artwork. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public. Go online to find out more about procuring an Artist Directory & Guide or to download a map of Art-A-Whirl featured locations.

Beer bonus: Because Northeast Minneapolis is known for being the city’s go-to district for both art and beer, this year’s Art-A-Whirl aptly features many events that marry the two. One such event is the special release of Indeed Brewery’s L.S.D. Honey Ale at the Indeed taproom. There are also several glass artists who specialize in creating one-of-a-kind, beer drinking vessels. Check the Art-A-Whirl website for more beer-related happenings.

The Interact Party 2014

Pohlad Hall and 2nd Floor Lobby, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

May 14 // 6–9pm


Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts hosts its annual benefit party this Wednesday at the beautiful Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis. The evening will include a silent auction, music, and dance, and will benefit the more than 125 artists with disabilities that Interact helps create opportunities for. Per their website, the focus at Interact “is on the possibilities, not disabilities. This means that people with disabilities work as creators, artists, and actors whose work gives both artist and audience joy, lifts our spirits and teaches us all something about ourselves and the world we live in.” Follow the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on Facebook to scope out the silent auction items in advance, or visit the event page to purchase tickets ($40 in advance/$60 at the door).

Beer bonus: Admission includes one drink ticket for the event’s wine and beer bar, but if you’re looking for somewhere to continue imbibing afterwards, know that Butcher & The Boar is located only a few blocks west of the library on Hennepin Avenue. Not only do they have a more-than-sufficient tap list, they also offer some of the best food in the city. Dinner reservations are recommended.

AMP3: Alternative Motion Project

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

May 16–18 (8pm evening shows; 2pm matinees)


Beginning May 16, Alternative Motion Project returns to The Southern Theater for its aptly titled third season: AMP3. In addition to the AMP company dancers, the program will also highlight a live vocalist (Alyssa Anderson of Minneapolis), four world premiere pieces by AMP’s founders, Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees, as well as a new work by St. Olaf Professor and Twin Cities dance artist, Heather Klopchin. Additionally, and as part of its mission to “become a self-sustaining professional dance company that serves communities in the Twin Cities area and elsewhere lacking in arts education and performance exposure,” AMP is offering a Pay What You Can performance on May 17 at 2:00pm. Tickets are otherwise available online or at the box office and are $15 for general admission, or $12 for children under 12, students, and seniors.

Beer bonus: Acadia Café’s impressive list of beer offerings is worth checking out. Luckily, Acadia is only a four minute walk from the Southern Theater and has happy hour on Friday’s from 4–7pm, as well as late night drink specials on the weekends.