Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roundhouse Brewery






As craft breweries continue to open across the country, it’s becoming clear that the trend isn’t just about beer. There’s a larger craft movement at hand. Take Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd, for example: at the center of a revitalized former rail yard, the brewery is helping bring jobs back to the Northern Minnesota city’s core. […]

Brewer Profile: JT Dalton of Barley John’s Brewing Company






Artist. Teacher. Cook. Car detailer. Brewer. Not many people have a resume quite as colorful or diverse as JT Dalton. The 31-year-old grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota, and never had a clear direction of what he wanted to do beyond make art, skateboard, and snowboard. After high school, he moved to Minneapolis and started racing […]

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The Wide World of Beer: 15 of the world’s greatest food & beer destinations






One of the first dedicated temples of beer and food I ever visited, perhaps the first, didn’t even make the cut when I was compiling a list of 100 Great Beer & Food Destinations for my latest book, “The Beer & Food Companion.” It was In ‘t Spinnekopke, which I and a generation of early […]

Homebrew Recipe: Pequod Session IPA






Session IPA. Say what you will about endless variations on an already ubiquitous style, but this beer is an anti-whale. It doesn’t age or travel well. It’s not for cellaring or note-taking or dissection. It’s not for sniffing in your best crystal stemware. Simply put, this is a beer for drinking. We get so hung […]

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The artful science of beer and food pairings






Taste begins with chemistry. Esters, phenols, aldehydes, linear-terpenes, ketones, lactones, thiols, and a host of other compounds lock into olfactory receptors, sending electric pulses through the olfactory bulb and into the inner sanctums of the brain. On the tongue, a different set of chemicals stimulate sensations of bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and umami. These stimuli—smell […]

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The story behind Indeed and New Belgium’s recent collaboration beers






Indeed Brewing Company head brewer Josh Bischoff remembers when a trip to Colorado wasn’t complete without smuggling back a trunk full of Fat Tire. Before 2007, when New Belgium Brewing Company began distributing to the Minnesota, that was the norm for New Belgium devotees. Fast-forward nine years. Now, not only can Bischoff get his Fat […]

Now Open: Inbound BrewCo






Just like their logo, Inbound BrewCo has planted their flag in Minneapolis and is officially moving in. Owned by North Loop BrewCo (formerly Lucid), Inbound is a new brand with new beers that will specialize in the taproom experience—something North Loop has been unable to do in their Minnetonka location for the past four years. […]

Green businesses are sprouting at The Plant






Beer is the key to everything, says Carolee Kokola of Bubbly Dynamics, landlords of Chicago’s The Plant. The Plant is a former meatpacking plant that’s been repurposed as into a food-production facility. The goal is to have a building with zero waste and a self-generated power supply—no small feat for a large industrial building. While open to […]

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An American brewer abroad: Germany’s brewing scene through the eyes of Minnesota native Erik Mell






Rochester native and brewmaster Erik Mell brewed a collaboration Berliner weisse (Twisted Zweig) with Forager Brewing Company in December while home for his sister’s wedding. Mell has lived in Berlin, Germany, since 2009, learning the brewing trade at Technical University of Berlin, the traditional route of climbing the German brewing ranks. He also learned brewing […]

Surly expanding distribution into Nebraska and Dakotas






Beer drinkers in Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota are about to get a little more Surly (or a little less surly, depending on capitalization). After recent expansions into Chicago, Iowa, and Wisconsin, Surly Brewing Company will begin distributing its beer to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores in the three new states beginning May 2016. […]

What We’re Drinking: Early April Edition






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch’s On The Lake – John Garland, Senior Editor  I’m pretty sure that half of my high […]

To Utah, With Love: My first date in the land of 3.2% beer






It’s a Thursday in mid-February and I’m on the second day of a four-day first date. It’s going well, so far. My date is a kind man, with eyes that are somehow both the deepest green and the most striking blue. Turquoise, maybe. He’s driving me around in a new car and wearing an attractive […]

Chasing the Beer Scene in the Canadian Rockies






The Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada, was not the first place I thought to visit when I weighed my options for a weeklong road trip to check out some craft breweries. This stretch of the Rockies in southeastern British Columbia is known for incredible powder in the winter and a wealth of activities in […]

Brewer Profile: Bang Brewing’s Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo






The first thing to know about Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo is that their stories are best told when both of them are there to tell them. Where Jay remembers things in sweeping panoramas, Sandy recalls details like specific dates and measurements, pivotal moments in a conversation, and how the light looked as it reflected […]

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The Wide World of Beer: Southern California Dreaming






Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I hosted a series of beer tastings at the bar in the Four Points LAX, then known as the “Beer Hotel.” Those were the days when Southern California was a pretty sad place for beer, so our events featured mostly beers from the state’s northern half, mixed […]