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Wet, Hot American Festival: Highs and Lows of the 2014 GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is an overwhelming experience: a cavernous hall in a convention center in downtown Denver packed with 50,000 people … [Read more]


Lift Bridge Expanding, Nearly Doubling Its Brewing Capacity

Apparently Lift Bridge has been working on a relatively hush-hush expansion project since last winter. As the ambitious initiative to nearly double … [Read more]


Garret Oliver hits back at David Chang’s love affair with shitty beer

If you’ve been paying attention to any beer-related Twitter feeds the past 24 hours, you’ve probably seen chef David Chang’s controversial GQ opinion … [Read more]


Darkness Day Cometh

October nights are growing longer, cold winds are blowing, and restless spirits are rising... That is, the spirits of Surly Nation awaiting the … [Read more]


Vote for the Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards 2014

Vote in the 2014 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Reader's Choice Awards. This survey is powered by SurveyGizmo's online survey software. Please take my survey … [Read more]

Growler Issue 15 Cover Art Snip // by David Witt

DIY: How to build and play your own Kubb set

The game of Kubb (pronounced koob) is an increasingly popular lawn game said to have originated over 1,000 years ago in Scandinavia. Though the game … [Read more]


Slay to Gourmet: Walleye Fish Tacos

As the sun starts to hit the tree line, I can feel a noticeable change in the boat. Rod tips start to bounce more frequently, the bait cache is … [Read more]


Craft Culture: The Art of Letterpress with Studio on Fire

Photos by Kristine Erickson Do you know any graphic designers? If you do, ask them to see their business card. Odds are high that your friend’s card … [Read more]


Style Profile: Barley Wine

We explore barley wine, an often misunderstood style that warms the throat—and heart. Illustration by David Witt As much as many of us wish it weren’t so, winter is on its way. Already there is a chill in the air and the long days are quickly … [Read more]


A Town Hall Meeting with Brewer Mike Hoops

In our latest Brewer Profile, we rap at Town Hall Brewery's Mike Hoops. Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Mike Hoops Hometown: Glencoe, MN Works at: Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 Turn-Ons: Integrity, a daybreak … [Read more]


To Age or Not to Age?

All over this country good beer is dying. These are not dramatic or heroic deaths, not the explosive demise of dropped bottles nor the panicked jerk of clumsily overturned pints. These are slow, invisible deaths, stretching over weeks, months, and … [Read more]

Fresh Hops // Photo by Jamie Schumacher

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Fresh Hop Beers

The fall hop harvest has all but come to a close, but the fruits of those labors are just now ready for enjoyment. Fresh hop ales are hitting shelves and taprooms all across the state to ring in my personal favorite season of the … [Read more]

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Sneak Peek: NorthGate Brewing’s New Brewery

Photos by Brian Kaufenberg The Growler gets a sneak peek of NorthGate Brewing's new brewery and taproom Nearly two two years after pouring their first pint, NorthGate Brewing has officially moved its operations from the minuscule 780 square foot … [Read more]