This year, Lift Bridge is infusing its Minnesota Tan™ with delicious raspberries. Yum, right? This pink-tinted summer sipper is the perfect refreshment for Minnesotans who are at the cabin, on the lake, or unwinding in the backyard. A four-pack of Minnesota Tan is the ultimate way Minnesotans can celebrate these warmer temps! You can start to find Minnesota Tan™ at bars, restaurants, and liquor stores on May 21st. Click here
for a full description of Minnesota Tan™ on the Lift Bridge website or check out the rest of their beer lineup here
Lift Bridge Brewery1900 Tower Drive
Stillwater, MN 55082Phone: (888) 430-BEER (2337)
Yesterday, May 13th, marked the beginning of American Craft Beer Week and it would be safe to say that Minnesota's rapidly-growing craft beer industry is primed to put on a big celebration. But one Duluth Brewpub has really risen to the occasion by offering MN craft beers on all 14 of their taps (including one homegrown cider). The speakeasy-style Rathskeller bar, in the basement of Tycoons Alehouse, will be featuring the exclusively Minnesotan lineup all week long (13th - 19th).
And what better time is there for Duluth's own fledgling group of breweries to showcase their beer? Bent Paddle
, a brand-new brewery in the heart of Duluth, is offering two brews for their first ever release: the Bent Hop and the Black. Both will be available on tap ... Continue reading
Did you know there are 10,000 minutes in a week?
American Craft Beer Week is upon us and Minnesotans can celebrate in local fashion with the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer, a week packed with member events, from Minnesota tap takeovers on the North Shore to beer tours of the Twin Cities to special firkin tappings in Southern Minnesota.
Share your photos from the week on Instagram
. Find a full list of events at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's website
and enjoy your 10,000 minutes your way.
Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub has announced with their increase production capacity they are able to begin growler sales at the brewpub.
They will have their four year-round beers,Big Jim IPA, Light Rail Pale Ale, Smokehouse Porter and Honey Wheat, for sale immediately with seasonal brews on the horizon. Stop by the pub for a great meal and a growler for the road. Visit northboundbrewpub.com for hours, menu, and directions.
By Emily Weiss
In previous issues of The Growler, we chased the beer scene in northern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, all over Iowa, and in both of the Dakotas, playing match-up with brews from each area and notable things to do in the great outdoors. In this issue we’re exploring the Great Lakes state of Michigan, home to some of the nation’s most popular craft breweries, including Bell’s in Kalamazoo, and Founders in Grand Rapids. We also highlight up-and-comers like Jolly Pumpkin and Dragonmead Microbrewery. Michigan may not be the first place that springs to mind for a beach vacation, but it does offer hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline, lovely white sand beaches, and—following the spring thaw—all manner of watersports. Here’s our guide to chasing the beer scene in Michigan.
By Brian Kaufenberg
Music for this article was provided by Electric Fetus. Be sure to visit Electric Fetus’ Twin Cities, Duluth or St. Cloud locations and help support your local, independent record store.
Albums You May Have Missed
Cloud Cult, Love
More than ten years since the sudden passing of their two-year-old son Kaidin, Craig and Connie Minowa have yet to complete the journey that is Cloud Cult. It began as grieving, a kind of recorded eulogy to their son, then extended inward in an examination of the conflicting emotions of hate, anger, love, sorrow and joy a person can feel all at once. With the birth of their second and third children, there has been healing. On their newest album Love
, the band continues their journey by supporting others facing ... Continue reading
By Jeanne Foels
During one of the last, ridiculous, trying snowstorms of April, a group of diners found shelter in the cozy confines of Nightingale. With the shades pulled down to block the wintery view of Lyndale Avenue, attention turned to the glorious promises of spring.
These winter-worn foodies had come to enjoy the fruits of a partnership between Nightingale
and Boom Island Brewing
. The restaurant and brewery teamed up to present a four-course beer dinner, focusing on spring fare and Belgian brews. Nightingale owner and head chef Carrie McCabe-Johnston and her sous chef Dan Berger designed the menu, spotlighting such local purveyors as Shepherd Song Farm
. To accompany the cuisine, Kevin Welch ... Continue reading
By Chef Dan Parker
Photography by Jamie Schumacher
In the upper Midwest the word “beer” in conjunction with the word “cheese” evokes ideas of a fondue-like soup—an amalgamation of lite beer and an indistinguishable yellow-colored cheese product adorned with popcorn. However, the ties between beer and cheese run far deeper than this Sconnie staple, and never has this been more evident than in today’s artisan food and craft beer movements. Much like our beloved craft brewers, artisans in every realm of the culinary world are handcrafting extraordinary goods, utilizing local ingredients and craft-driven techniques.
One such artisan producer is Alemar Cheese
in Mankato, Minnesota. Located in an unassuming former pizzeria-turned-cheesery, Alemar produces some of the most exciting cheese ... Continue reading
Filed under Food, Main, People
By Gabriel Douglas
Photography by Brian Kaufenberg
Dessa. She is an artist. She is a wordsmith. She is in a hip-hop collective called Doomtree. She hosts a TPT & MN Original TV show called The Lowertown Line. She’s into hoop earrings. She’s reading poets you will learn about years after she has devoured all they composed. She does what she loves for a living. Every day. Inside and out.
Rapping. It’s become the profession for which she is known. “Baggy jeans, extra large shirts,” she said of her early stages of being a performer in the hip-hop world. Growing into her own skin has made her very self-aware. Not wanting to be the ... Continue reading
The Beer Dabbler just announced details for a brand new location for the 5th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler.
Dabblers will join fellow beer lovers on Saturday, July 20th for an afternoon of sampling craft beer from over 65 breweries, eating delicious food from some of the Twin Cities best food trucks, and enjoying live music -- all while being right on the Mississippi! Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 at the gate if tickets still remain).be able to enjoy the beautiful skyline of downtown St. Paul as they sample 200+ craft beers on the banks of the the Mississippi River at Upper Landing Park!
On Friday, May 3, advanced tickets go on-sale to the ... Continue reading
Featuring over 70 feet of bar space, 21 craft beers and retail shop
(St. Paul, Minn.) April 24, 2013
—Announcing the Beer Dabbler Bullpen at the Saints’ stadium in St. Paul, the
place to watch the Saints game, purchase craft beer merchandise and enjoy 21 different craft beers.
The Beer Dabbler Bullpen is an outdoor craft beer area in the left field corner with offerings from seven different craft breweries and 70-feet of custom built bar. At the Bullpen, fans can enjoy pints or flights of their favorite craft brews, purchase merchandise from participating breweries and pick up the latest issue of The Growler
, the bi-monthly lifestyle magazine focusing on craft beer and the community and culture surrounding it.
The Beer Dabbler Bullpen will be a permanent fixture of Midway Stadium beginning with the May 11 exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats.
Fans can enjoy $1.50 off pints at the Beer Dabbler Bullpen ... Continue reading
By Topher Jackson
Lift Bridge Brewing Company has increased its production in 2013 with the addition of new fermenters and bright tanks to their brewery and by extending brewing hours late into the night -- annual production has increased by 20,000 cases of beer!
Lift Bridge also renovated their taproom and cellar (see updated taproom in photo below). New custom furniture for the taproom came from a local Stillwater craftsman at Woodstock Furniture. After beer sampling or enjoying a pint of the finest Lift Bridge brew, visitors of the taproom can now take advantage of the large new retail area stocked with Lift Bridge merchandise (pictured below).
During the renovation, Lift Bridge also installed energy-efficient equipment to reduce its energy consumption throughout the brewing process, including a new cooling system that draws in chilly MN air to ... Continue reading
By Ryan Tuenge
Beer. It’s thought to have been around since about 800 BC and, despite its reputation as being a “manly” beverage, you may be surprised to learn that women were the original brewers of beer.
That’s what Professor Jeffrey Pilcher teaches in his History of Drink course at the University of Minnesota. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” he said. “It was a domestic thing and a homemaker’s job.” Women have been involved in the process since the beginning. In the Sumerian civilization, grain was thought to be harvested for beer, not bread. The beer at this time was not a very attractive beverage; rather, people Continue reading
Crafting Legislation With The Minnesota Brewer’s Association
By Doug Hoverson
Walk into Indeed Brewing Company’s taproom and order one of their fine ales—their seasonal beer is always a good place to start. If you sit at the bar, you might end up in a conversation with one of the brewery’s co-founders, Rachel Anderson, Nathan Berndt, or Thomas Whisenand. On a recent visit in February, enjoying a pint of Hot Box Smoked Pepper Porter, I asked Tom to identify common questions asked by patrons. Without hesitating, he said, “Do you have growlers?” The answer is no. But why not?
For the People, By the People
Visit the Minnesota State Capitol when the legislature is in session. There is something majestic about walking up the century-old steps. Once inside, your eyes will ... Continue reading
By Emily Weiss
Illustration by Brent Schoonover
There are flaws and advantages of living, working, and dining in a gratuity-based restaurant industry. For one thing, it makes the etiquette and culture of tipping sometimes difficult to navigate. Many diners object to the idea that it's their responsibility to make up the difference for a server's low hourly wage, but alternatively shouldering that responsibility could further discourage people from dining out.
Former New York Times
food critic Frank Bruni speculated on this topic in an article titled “Ticked About Tipping” that delved into the complexities and implications of our current system and the increasingly negative attitude Americans harbor about tipping expectations in the service industry. “If restaurants paid their workers significantly more and took us off the hook for tips, they’d no doubt ... Continue reading