Bad Weather’s Joe Giambruno reflects on first year of taproom

Bad Weather Brewing Company will celebrate the first anniversary of their West Seventh Street taproom this Saturday. Co-owner Joe Giambruno, who … [Read more]

Minnesota’s guilded age of cider

Jim Morrison of Sapsucker Farms could barely keep up with the nearly 1,000 people who attended the Minnesota Cider Guild’s first-ever Cider Fair on … [Read more]

Minnesota’s 10 best ‘Under 21’ website redirects

If you've ever visited a brewery or distillery website, you've likely encountered an age verification screen that asks you to enter your birthdate or … [Read more]

Minnesota’s fire towers: Steel sentinels standing guard over the state’s forests

Autumn travel in the Northland offers an abundance of adventures and breathtaking fall scenery, but few can top the thrill and view of climbing one of … [Read more]

Kings of the Ring: Local professional wrestlers share their greatest war stories

It’s a brisk Saturday evening on First Avenue, and there are bodies lining the sidewalks, waiting to push their way into one of the bars and … [Read more]

Old school brewing at Old World Wisconsin

Milwaukee may be steeped in brewing history, but travel about an hour west of the Brew City and you’ll find a farmstead where old brewing traditions … [Read more]

Sonny Knight’s new album ‘Sooner or Later’ is a light in the dark

It’s a mild fall evening at an Uptown coffee shop and Sonny Knight is clad neck to toe in a dark, casual getup illuminated by the glimmer of a silver … [Read more]

Wood-fired feasting: Lessons from Chef Camp

In the opening of his book “The Magic of Fire,” William Rubel writes that “firelight infuses everything cooked on the hearth with a touch of magic.” … [Read more]


Hoops Brewing to open in Duluth in 2017

Master Brewer Dave Hoops, formerly of Fitger’s Brewhouse, is opening a brewery and beer hall in Duluth’s Canal Park in spring of 2017. The project, a culmination of years of experience and planning, will be called Hoops Brewing, and will occupy … [Read more]

Beers for non-beer people

When you love beer, you want to share it. One challenge, though, is that for many people there’s a notion that “beer” is just “fizzy corn water with a touch of alcohol.” The dominance of macro light lager in the marketplace for so long has convinced … [Read more]

Dry in Duluth: The story behind the last dry neighborhoods in the Zenith City

Nearly all of Duluth has embraced the explosion of local beer, but there’s one eastside neighborhood that hasn’t partaken. In fact, the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood hasn’t sold a drop of alcohol during its 125-year-old ban on liquor … [Read more]

Todd Haug stepping down from Surly Brewing

In a statement posted on Surly Brewing Company's website today, Head of Brewing Operations Todd Haug announced he's stepping down from his position. Haug has been at Surly since its inception in 2006. “I’d like to thank our family, friends and … [Read more]

The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 26 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Much was learned at The Growler and Northern Brewer’s first blind tasting of a formidable field of 53 Minnesota-made American IPAs. Our first blind tasting earlier this year gave us a snapshot of the state of brewing in Minnesota through the … [Read more]

Big Beer buys Northern Brewer

Roseville-based Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply, the largest homebrewing supplier in the country, and its sister company Midwest Supplies have been acquired by a venture capital arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Growler first caught wind of a … [Read more]