Beer

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild pushing temporary changes to liquor laws for struggling breweries, bars, and restaurants

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) is pushing for temporary amendments to the state’s alcohol sales laws in order to help breweries, bars, and … [Read More...]

The Mash-Up: Beer-to-Go from taprooms and a new charitable beer series from Utepils to help industry folks in need

With over 185 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 … [Read More...]

Coronavirus Update: A Message from Matt Kenevan, owner and founder of Gray Duck Media and The Growler Magazine

  To all the supporters of Gray Duck Media and The Growler Magazine: Today I made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations … [Read More...]

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Spirits

State senate bill introduced to expand bottle sales and production limits for Minnesota microdistilleries

Minnesota's small distilleries are lobbying to remove the need for those tiny bottles in their cocktail rooms. A bill numbered S.F. 3870 was … [Read More...]

For Harmony Spirits’ owners, distilling is second nature

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, … [Read More...]

The (Un)true Story of the Bloody Mary

TThe following is a narrative interpretation of the real-life claims to the rise (or) the invention (or) the discovery of the Bloody Mary. As is often … [Read More...]

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Cider & Wine

So you want to open a winery? A guide to starting up in Minnesota

So you’ve decided to make the leap from amateur to professional winemaker. Your fondness has grown so great for the prominent stone fruit flavors of La Crescent or the well-balanced Itasca, that you’ve been coaxed into putting your name onto a bottle … [Read More...]

AxeBridge Wine Company opening in Minneapolis’ North Loop next spring

Ashley and Aaron Schram of Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery build their vision for a new urban winery It’s been a busy year for Ashley and Aaron Schram, the owners of Schram Vineyards in Waconia, Minnesota’s first combination winery and … [Read More...]

2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

Who better than the readers of The Growler to nominate and vote for the finest of the finest in Minnesota beer, spirits, food, arts, and culture? We had a tidal wave of votes to determine the winners of the 2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice … [Read More...]

3 Minnesota Cideries take home awards from U.S. Cider Open

Three Minnesota cideries took home awards from the sixth annual U.S. Open Cider Championships, with the final round of judging held in Buffalo, New York. Duluth’s newest craft cideries shined. In the Perry & Pear Cider category, Wild State … [Read More...]

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