In Cahoots! Returns for Year Two

10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would … [ Read more]

No Gluten, No Problem

Nightingale and Sociable Cider Werks team up for a gluten-free spring dinner Photos by Ellen Burkhardt Gluten has surfaced as Public Enemy No. One in the nutrition world in recent years. From added allergy labels to full-out gluten-free restaurants, awareness of the pesky protein has grown immensely. That’s meant more (and better) dining options for … [ Read more]

Cans and Growlers meet in The Crowler

Cans have taken over as the craft beer container of choice. So it makes sense that the can craze should extend that into taproom takeaways in place of those cumbersome 64 oz. glass jugs. Enter the can growler, or Crowler. It’s not the death of the glass growler yet, but options are increasing for other take … [ Read more]

The Mill: T-Day Beers, Tryptophania, Christmas Markets and more

The Mill is just about set for Thanksgiving. We’re trying out turkey liver mousse recipes (like Tiny Diner’s, above) and we know which three beers we’re bringing on Thursday. Which local suds will grace your holiday tables? Any other T-Day beer events you’re excited about? Let us know what’s on your radar in The Mill by tweeting … [ Read more]

The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag. Insight Brewing Opens This Friday: We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek … [ Read more]

Apples to Apple Cider: Minnesota’s craft cider takes root

Minnesota’s craft cider scene is growing. The sweeter cousin of craft beer contains a similar alcohol by volume, but with the nose-tickling bubbles of dry champagne. While not out of place next to Surly or Indeed’s latest seasonal on draft, cider is actually created in a process that has more in common with making wine than … [ Read more]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and … [ Read more]

The Mill: Tandem Brewing and UV Resistance

The Mill is running a little slow this week. We’re still a little groggy from the all the sun, brats and brews over the holiday weekend. But we have good things to look forward to: Sisyphus opening, breweries collaborating, and one of our favorite festivals is just around the corner. Do you have any beer … [ Read more]

NE Brewers’ Block Party at Sociable, July 27th

By John Garland In food meets beer meets music news, Sociable Cider Werks announced yesterday a Northeast Brewers’ Block Party to be held outside their cidery at 1500 Fillmore St. NE. The free event will happen Sunday, July 27th from 2pm-9pm, and will feature entertainment by Enemy Planes, Whiskey Jeff and The Beer Back Band, … [ Read more]

This Week in Arts MN: First Thursdays, A Chaste Maid, Jennifer Davis’ Joyride, Live Music at Loring Pasta Bar, and 2 openings at SooVAC

April Fools’ officially begins Monday at midnight, so we hope you’ve all been ruminating on which gags you’ll pull on friends and family, as well as which of your coworkers’ goat you’ll get and how. As a tribute to the jokesters and young-at-heart of the world, this week’s events were aptly chosen because of their … [ Read more]

The Growler Visits the Current’s Morning Show

In case you missed it this morning on 89.3 The Current you can listen to our very own managing editor, Joe Alton, talk with Jill Riley and Steve Seel about the latest trends in the Minnesota craft beer scene here. They spoke about the newly opened Sociable Cider Werks and the difference between some of the large … [ Read more]

Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis

Now Open (Or Damn Close) visits an enthusiastic Twin Cities cider house. By Brian Kaufenberg Sociable Cider Werks Fall in Minnesota is when families visit local orchards to pick baskets of apples from the trees and buy fresh apple turnovers, applesauce, apple cider, apple pies, and every other iteration of apple products. All save one—locally … [ Read more]