Nominate your favorites for the 2019 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards
Nominate your favorites in each category. Nominations will be accepted until September 6, 2019, at midnight. If a category is not applicable to you, feel free to leave it blank.

Nominees will be announced in The Growler's October print issue, with voting taking place from October through November 1, 2019. The winners will be announced in The Growler's December print issue and online.

Food
Nominate Minnesota's best...
Fine Dining
White table cloth or not, these restaurants are elevating dining to an exceptional experience that feeds all the senses.
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Restaurant - Single Location
This restaurant offers comfort, quality, and consistency at price points that make it perfect for any day of the week.
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Restaurant - Local Chain or Group
This group of restaurants delivers a consistent, high quality experience to all of its diners.
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New Restaurant
Opened on or after September 8, 2018.
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Chef of the Year
This local chef is advancing the culinary arts through excellent cooking, community outreach, and/or education.
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Outdoor Dining
This restaurant makes the most of its patio space or rooftops to bring together good food and the great outdoors.
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Brewery Kitchen
This brewery or brewpub's kitchen puts out top-notch food that does more than just satisfy hunger.
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Food Truck / Cart
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Hotel Restaurant
This hotel restaurant has the food, atmosphere, and service that rivals any other restaurant in town.
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Service
A polished front-of-house can transform a simple meal into an experience. This restaurant offers the best service in the state.
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Burgers
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Pizza
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Barbecue
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Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurant
This restaurant is particularly creative, intentional, and engaging, making vegetable-centered dishes that are deeply flavored and satisfying.
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Wings
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Breakfast
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Brunch
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Sandwich Shop
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Mexican Restaurant
From formal sit-down restaurants to quick-casual taquerias, this restaurant is the ultimate expression of Mexican dining.
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Latin American Restaurant
Caribbean Islands, South America, and Central America (excluding Mexico)
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Vietnamese Restaurant
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African Restaurant
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Japanese Restaurant
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Thai Restaurant
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Indian or Nepalese Restaurant
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Middle Eastern or Mediterranean Restaurant
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Italian Restaurant
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French Restaurant
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Chinese Restaurant
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Butcher Shop
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Cheese Shop
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Bread Bakery
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Patisserie
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Donut Shop
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Coffee Shop
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Local Coffee Roaster
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Grocer / Co-op
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Farmers' Market
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Local Retail Food Brand
A Minnesota-based food purveyor making their food products right here in Minnesota.
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Lifestyle
Nominate Minnesota's best...
Comedy Club
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Local Comedian
Must be based in Minnesota.
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Museum
The most engaging museum dedicated to Art, Science, History, or another realm, in the state.
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Visual Artist
Including, but not limited to, painters, illustrators, sculptors, 3D artists, and mixed media artists.
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Bookstore
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Tattoo Parlour
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Bike Shop
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Comic Book / Games Shop
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Vintage Shop
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Outdoors Store
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State Park
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Lake
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Small Town
Population under 3,000 and located outside of the 494 / 694 loop.
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Music Festival
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Music Venue
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Outdoor Music Venue
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Record Store
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Local Music Group / Band
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Local Solo Music Artist
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Local Album of the Year
Released on or after September 8, 2018.
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Drink
Wine & Spirits
Nominate Minnesota's best...
Whiskey List at a Bar / Restaurant
This establishment curates the finest selection of bourbons, ryes, Scotches, and much more.
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Wine List at a Bar / Restaurant
Whether extraordinarily extensive or carefully curated, this bar or restaurant's wine list provides the wine drinker a superb experience.
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Dive Bar
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Bartender
This individual has shown exemplary knowledge and craft in the field of mixology.
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Liquor Store – Minneapolis & St. Paul
Retail store with the best selection of spirits.
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Liquor Store – Metro Area
Retail store with the best selection of spirits, located in the seven county metro area, minus the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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Liquor Store – Greater Minnesota
Retail store with the best selection of spirits, located anywhere outside the seven county metro area.
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Wine Shop
Retail store with the best selection of wine.
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Local Rum
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Local Vodka
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Local Gin
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Local Whiskey
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Local Specialty Spirit
Including, but not limited to, herbal, fruit, coffee liqueurs, and cordials.
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Craft Cocktail Bar
This bar (excluding distillery cocktail rooms) is a step above the rest.
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Craft Distillery
Take into account overall quality of spirits, brand identity, and cocktail room.
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Winery
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Cidery
This is your favorite local cidery making their ciders (or grafs) here in Minnesota.
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Local Cider
Produced in the state of Minnesota
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Beer
Nominate Minnesota's best...
Craft Beer Bar / Restaurant – Minneapolis & St. Paul
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Craft Beer Bar / Restaurant – Metro Area
Seven county metro area, minus the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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Craft Beer Bar / Restaurant – Greater Minnesota
Everywhere outside the seven county metro area.
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Bottle Shop – Minneapolis & St. Paul
Retail store focusing on craft beer in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
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Bottle Shop – Metro Area
Retail store focusing on craft beer in the seven county metro area, minus the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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Bottle Shop – Greater Minnesota
Retail store focusing on craft beer, located anywhere outside the seven county metro area.
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Happy Hour
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Brewery Taproom
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Beer Name
Creative, evocative, gripping, compelling, hilarious—a beer name that jumps off the shelf.
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Beer Label
This exemplary piece of art tells the story of the beer inside the can or bottle.
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Out-Of-State Brewery
Distributed in, but not based in, Minnesota.
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New Brewery
Opened on or after September 8, 2018. Find the new breweries from this past year at http://growlermag.com/tag/now-open-or-damn-close/
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Brewpub
These establishments are licensed as brewpubs (as opposed to a production brewery with a kitchen) and their beer is only available at the brewpub and its sister establishments.
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Brewery
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Beer Styles
Nominate Minnesota's best...
Pilsner
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Specialty Lager
Including, but not limited to helles, bock, Maibock, Oktoberfest, Dortmunder, rauchbier, schwarzbier, and American lagers.
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Specialty Grain Beer
A beer that makes the best use of grains such as rye, oats, kernza, rice, and others.
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Craft Hard Seltzer
Craft hard seltzer made by a Minnesota-based brewery
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Session Beer
ABV under 5%.
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Wheat Beer
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Belgian-style
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Blonde Ale
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Pale Ale
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IPA
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Double IPA / Imperial IPA
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Hazy / New England IPA
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Fruit Beer
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Spice / Specialty Beer
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Kettle Sour
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Spontaneous / Wild
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Porter
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Stout
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E-mail Address *
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Methodology
All nominees with multiple locations in Minnesota will have their votes divided by the number of locations. The Growler's editorial staff reserves the right to alter the categories, exclude nominees that do not meet the criteria of a category, or move nominees to a more appropriate category at its discretion.
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