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With legions of restaurants and bars closed or operating in a very limited capacity, demand for wholesale ingredients from local farmers has plummeted.
The Growler's 2020 Outdoor Guide: Biking Edition
There is something about the joy of pedaling a bike—legs pumping, wind in your face—that verges on transcendent. Even now, in the midst of incredible upheaval and uncertainty.
The Beginner’s Guide to Bike Camping & Touring
When your long-distance rides just aren’t long enough, it might be time for you to tackle a multi-day bike camping tour.
Bike Camping & Touring: Gear Guide
For those looking to up the ante in their biking, “bikepacking” takes road biking and backpacking to a whole new level. But in order to be successful, it’s essential that you’ve got all the right gear.
8 Twin Cities Metro Area Destinations Worthy of an Afternoon Bike Ride
Minneapolis (and St. Paul, if not by name then by dint of proximity and association) often comes out on top of lists of the most bike-friendly cities in America.
Explore Minnesota’s Mountain Biking Trails
Despite our unmistakable lack of actual mountains (sorry Eagle Mountain, you’re an overgrown hill), Minnesota has been home to a rich tradition of mountain biking dating back to the early ‘90s.
Minnesota Breweries and Distilleries Cautious, Optimistic about June 1 Reopening Plans
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’ plans for the phased reopening of bars, restaurants, and places of “public accommodation” announced on May 20 is being met with mixed feelings by the state’s brewery and distillery owners.
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020
Whether you regard the prospect of long stretches in the car with cautious enthusiasm or deep dread, the road trip has been a near-ubiquitous American experience for right around a century.
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020: Road Trip Playlists
The difference between dreading the endless hours on long, lonely stretches of highway and cherishing the open road as an essential part of your vacation can all come down to the soundtrack.
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020: Road Trip Playlists
When you’re behind the wheel watching the interminable flat expanse of the Great Plains slowly roll past your window, hit play on an audio adventure that will fill the silence and get those neurons firing on all cylinders again.
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020: Reinventing Road Trip Food
If you find that the thrill of eating whatever fast-food garbage you want when traveling long distances fades after the first couple hundred miles, take heart. There are a number of really satisfying, entertaining, and even downright impressive ways to stock your own cooler and travel in culinary style.
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020: Adventure North of the Border
Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 Thunder Bay is less than six hours from Minneapolis–St. Paul, but it feels like another world. This metropolis of more than 100,000 Ontarians is a regional hub immersed in thousands of square miles of woods, rocky shoreline, and water. …
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020: Supper clubs that reigns supreme
It’s the great, once-unsung Upper Midwestern place to eat: a civilized outpost of prime rib, steak, fried fish, and strong cocktails set against a backdrop of sprawling wilderness—the country supper club.
The Growler's Tourism Guide 2020: A Townball Tour in Southern Minnesota
Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 My wife is, let’s say, baseball-tolerant. She’d never watch a game on TV but is more than happy to head out to the park to soak in one of the 60-or-so days when it’s actually enjoyable to be outside …
Drink up Black Friday with these special beer releases
Concerned citizens, fear not: we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to throwing elbows in a department-store-turned-hotbed-of-anarchy during the wee hours of the morning this Black Friday.
Iron Woman: American Skillet Company and FeLion Studios’ Alisa Toninato forges a career in cast iron art
Two summers ago, five days past her due date, Alisa Toninato stood at the outer edges of an iron pour in Cambridge, Wisconsin. She was uncomfortable, and not just because her daughter, Rhea, wouldn’t arrive for another week. She wanted to get in on the action.
Life in the Woods: Three families go 'Off the Grid' in Northern Minnesota
Driving north toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, you’ll see towering evergreens, pristine lakes, and bountiful wildlife. What you might miss at first glance are the remote cabins and yurts where a few Minnesotans spend not just weeks or summers, but entire lives amongst the trees.
The Cheese Stands Alone: Willi Lehner forges world-class wheels on his self-sufficient wisconsin farmstead
Above the rolling hills near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, at Willi Lehner’s 16-acre farmstead, a turbine spins in the wind. It looks like a child’s toy on top of an Erector set, but that wind turbine, in combination with a fleet of solar panels, generates about five times as much power …
Birds and The B-Sides: After 25 years of Music in the Zoo, Sue McLean’s legacy lives on
With relentless rain, the BoDeans figured all hope was gone the night of their sold-out, outdoor show at the Minnesota Zoo. But when clouds subsided with time left for just a few songs, the Wisconsin-based rock-and-rollers were pleasantly surprised. “It turned out, everyone stuck around,” lead singer Kurt Neumann says. …
The new era of cerveza artesanal in Quito, Ecuador
South America’s first brewery was founded in Quito, Ecuador by a Franciscan friar accustomed to drinking beer with his meals.
Fermentation Fest: A Live Culture Convergence
Profiling a funky festival that’s not just about beer. This October in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, from the 4th to the 13th, there’s some fun fermenting. The Wormfarm Institute, a non-profit focusing on the intersection of sustainable farming and the arts, is putting on the third annual Fermentation Festival. “A Live Culture …
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Changing the Face of Breweries, One Member at a Time You might feel you’re falling behind on breweries in the Twin Cities—with giant concrete warehouses being converted into new, artisanal IPA dispensaries seemingly every week. You wouldn’t be wrong. But among the sea of delicious flagship beers is a brewery …
MN venues have beer lists to love
As craft beer continues to grow in the Twin Cities, so does its presence at our favorite bars, but what about at our favorite music venues? For the musically discerning craft beer aficionado, many Twin Cities evening excursions entail a compromise between jams and suds: Do you pick a destination …
Which Bike Matches Your Beer? Minneapolis/St Paul
We love our bikes and we love local beer, but what’s the correlation between the two? Beers and bikes pair like peanut butter and jelly, the two parts coming together to create a higher form. We bike to bars, our bikes are covered in brewery stickers, and there’s nothing better …