Perhaps the most respected microbrewery in town. Okay, so they’re not in Minneapolis. But Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak pretty much own the Twin Cities when it comes to rich, flavorful beer. Don’t forget to throw in a fish fry and football. The two punched the corporate time clock – and never went back. After years of someday, someday became NOW. 6 years of tasting beer and ales, raising money through t-shirt sales and 12 bank loan rejections, Urban Growler Brewing Company opened in 2014 – the first women-owned brewery in Minnesota. A master craft brewer and biomed engineer, Deb cut her teeth at Summit brewing, and in her parents’ restaurant in Wisconsin. Jill, according to the staff, is “the saddle on our house, the carbonation in our beer and the hair plug in our toupee.” A seasoned business owner, communications and psychology expert, Pavlak is front of the house glad hander, the guru behind their social media, and using her warmth and savvy building relationships with beer lovers and business partners. Visit the taproom, lounge on the deck if the weather’s right, and try a jewel-tinted amber ale, or a nice strong German style lager. The walleye is pretty good, too.