Blacklist Brewing Imperial Hefe

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My first taste of Blacklist Brewing came last winter at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. It was one of those Duluth mornings in which you step outside and your skin immediately registers the fact that you’re in Duluth. Sheltered from the whip of an icy wind screaming down Superior Street, I settled in to [...]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2014

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It’s just about Oktoberfest time, so break out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for these local events. Any other Oktoberfest events we should add to the list? Tweet us @growlermag. Friday, September 19 The new Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers in Uptown will be tapping a firkin with Lift Bridge at 6pm. $10 gets you a [...]

The Four Firkins brings craft beer to the East Metro this week

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The popular craft beer store, The Four Firkins, started in 2008 with a mission to educate the public about the best beer available in the state of Minnesota. Now they continue their mission across the Metro as they open the doors to a new location in Oakdale. The Four Firkins carries exclusively craft beer and [...]

Sweet on Sours: Schell’s expanding sour program with new facility

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August Schell Brewing Company has announced plans to build a new facility that will house ten cypress lagering tanks and an expanded home for Schell’s’ popular new series of sour beers. Schell’s acquired an abandoned farm on the outskirts of New Ulm and will build an additional 12,000 sq ft facility there. “My dad is [...]

Homebrew Recipe: Provisional Sour Belgian Brown

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Plan ahead, that’s the ticket! It is entirely the wrong weather to drink something strong, dark, and malty—but experience tells us that six months from now, we might want a beer exactly like that. And unless you have refrigeration, it’s too hot to ferment a nice pale lager—but it’s damn near perfect for fermenting a sour [...]

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Schell’s Noble Star #4: Black Forest Cherry

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The fourth interpretation in Schell’s Berliner weisse series has landed. If you’re not yet in the mood for changing leaves and sweater weather, you will be now. The malty base beer for Schell’s Black Forest Cherry was aged for a full year in large cypress lagering tanks. Then came the addition of a couple tons [...]

Chipotle’s Cultivate Celebrates Sustainable Food, Live Music, and Local Beer

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When you think of brands that host hip outdoor events, names like Red Bull and New Belgium Brewing may spring to mind. Chipotle, on the other hand, probably does not—at least not yet. It may not have featured the extreme sports of Red Bull Crashed Ice or the gonzo atmosphere of New Belgium’s Tour de [...]

The Growler’s Guide to Craft Beer at the Minnesota State Fair 2014

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This year brings a new S’Mores Beer, the return of the popular Mini Donut Beer, and even more places to find your favorite craft beers. The Minnesota State Fair officially began in 1859, one year after Minnesota became a state, to promote the area’s agricultural potential and encourage farmers to plant crops in Minnesota. These [...]

Lucette Brewing set for brewery expansion, release of new canned beer

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Lucette Brewing of Menomonie, Wisconsin, announced today its plans to expand its brewing facility by connecting the two current buildings on the property, adding a 57,000 lbs grain silo, and additional fermenters. The move will increase the brewery’s efficiency, capacity, and overall  experience for visitors—not to mention the creation of several new jobs. The expansion [...]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bent Brewstillery

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By Brian Kaufenberg UPDATED: August 15, 2014 Bartley Blume, owner of Bent Brewstillery, lives in a world of alliteration. His father Bob, mom Betz, brother Brad and wife Brenda are living proof (even his dogs have names starting with “B”). The thing Bartley Blume loves more than the letter “B” is brewing and distilling. A [...]

Beans to Beer: Stonehouse Coffee in Nisswa Brewing Up Plans for Beer Making

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A family familiar with bags of coffee beans ready for roasting will soon be lugging bags of grain awaiting brewing.  The French family owns Stonehouse Coffee, a company founded in 2001 that roasts its own beans for its coffee and grinds its own wheat for fresh-baked scones. Soon they will take their hands-on, homemade philosophy [...]

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Now Open (or Damn Close): New Breweries in Minnesota and Beyond

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Each issue we take a look at a few new breweries on the craft beer scene. In issue 14 we take a closer look at Drekker Brewing (Fargo, ND), Oliphant Brewing (Somerset, WI), and LynLake Brewery (Minneapolis, MN). Drekker In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the [...]

Beer Run: Exploring the Brewery Boom of America’s Heartland

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The opening phrase from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities could have been an apt beginning for my book A Perfect Pint’s Beer Guide to the Heartland that was published in May by the University of Illinois Press. I really couldn’t have [...]

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Style Profile: Vienna Lager

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint A phenomenon of human migration is that traditions, customs, and cultural idiosyncrasies may be retained in the adopted land long after they have died out in their place of origin. A good example of this is the archaic version of the German language still spoken by the Amish of [...]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Drekker Brewing

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In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the Gokstad Viking ship and sail his ship across the Atlantic Ocean to Norway. Asp passed away before he could sail his completed ship, The Hjemkomst (“Homecoming” in Norwegian), but in 1982 Asp’s four children and eight friends completed [...]