aerial of downtown Menomonie and Stout, taken by Dr. Daniel Johnson, June 2010

Midwest Craft Brewers Conference to Feature Keynotes from Lagunitas, Toppling Goliath Founders

What do Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have in common? They’re all … [Read more]

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612Brew Summer Concert Series to Feature Eclectic Mix of Local Musicians

Minneapolis’ 612Brew announced its Summer Concert Series today, which will take place on five Saturdays throughout the summer at the brewery’s outdoor … [Read more]

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Minneapolis Cider Week is June 1–6

By the numbers, hard cider is the fastest-growing segment of the United States’ beer market. Seeing more than 70 percent growth each of the past two … [Read more]

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Bent Paddle Celebrates Two Years with ‘Festiversary’ Party May 30

When Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Co. opened in 2013 they expected growth, just not at this level. “We’ve blown our seven-year business plan out of … [Read more]

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Growing Pains: Toppling Goliath Confronts the Challenges of Expansion, Turnover, and Public Perception

Like a milk-chugging eighth grader, Toppling Goliath is on the verge of a summer growth spurt. Since opening in 2009, the small Decorah, Iowa, … [Read more]

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The 7 Most Annoying Things Beer Snobs Say

The crazy rise in the popularity of beer has brought with it an increase of beer snobbery. It’s not a new phenomenon. Beer snobs have been there all … [Read more]

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Remembering Jeff Hanson

An Interview with the late-musician’s brother, Ryan Hanson This article was produced as a part of a collaboration between The Growler Magazine and … [Read more]

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The North is Rising: Minnesota United FC’s Quest for a Home of Their Own

On some summer Saturdays, in the windswept city of Blaine, you’ll find hundreds of Minnesota’s most patriotic citizens gathered. Together, they stand … [Read more]

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Straight from the Source: Fitger’s Brewhouse

Photos by Melissa Maki Fitger’s Brewhouse started well before the recent craft-beer boom. This year, the Duluth, Minnesota, mainstay will celebrate its 20-year anniversary. But don’t expect this brewpub to age into complacency: thanks to the … [Read more]

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Now Open: South Fork Brewing Company

Many Minnesotans have never been to Delano; even fewer could place it on a map. But this summer, local beer enthusiasts will get acquainted with the small, 5,500-person town on the South Fork of the Crow River, 40 minutes west of the Twin Cities, as … [Read more]

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Now Open: Big Axe Brewing

Quick, what comes to mind when you hear the words, “Brainerd, Minnesota?” Fishing? Resorts? Golf? If Chris French, owner and head brewer at Big Axe Brewing Company, which is located just north of Brainerd in Nisswa, has anything to say about it, … [Read more]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lupine Brewing

It’s only fitting that a brewery, whose name relates to wolves, should find a home in the heart of “Big Woods” country in Delano, Minnesota. Lupine Brewing was started by Hanover, Minnesota, resident James Anderle, his childhood neighbor Eric … [Read more]

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Homebrew Recipe: Minnesota Common

“I wish that there were just two more months in the year when we could stand outside like this,” my wife remarked. We were straddling bikes in front of the school after dropping off our daughter. We were not wearing pac boots. “Two more months of … [Read more]

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