Now Open (Or Damn Close): Cuyuna Brewing Company






Nick Huisinga is a busy man. During the week, he produces vaccines for Willmar Poultry Company. On the weekends, he drives two and a half hours north to put the finishing touches on the soon-to-open Cuyuna Brewing Company in Crosby. Huisinga owns the brewery with his wife and father-in-law. He’ll serve as head brewer and his […]

Badger Hill to release Todd Haug’s HEXIT on Jan. 28






Todd Haug’s Minnesota swan song, HEXIT, will be released at Badger Hill Brewing on Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon. The beer will be available for purchase in 750ml bottles, on draft at the taproom, and at some retail locations following the event. The beer is a dry-hopped braggot made with 600 pounds of honey. Badger Hill’s […]

Questions about the 2017 legislative session? Ask the Minnesota Beer Activists






As the 2017 Minnesota legislative session gets underway, The Growler is working with Minnesota Beer Activists to answer your questions about the upcoming session as they relate to liquor laws in the state. Minnesota Beer Activists was founded in 2011 with a mission to “represent consumers’ interests through active engagement in education, legislation, and community […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roets Jordan Brewery






Not even a 40-ton landslide of mud, rock, and tree roots could keep Tim Roets from opening his brewery in Jordan, Minnesota. In his shoes, many would have been discouraged when heavy rains in July 2014 caused the hillside to slam into the historic Jordan Brewery where Roets was working to open a three-barrel brewery. […]

Brewer Profile: Steve Finnie, formerly of Grand Rounds Brewpub






To Steve Finnie brewing beer is a privilege, and not one to be taken for granted. The basis for his belief becomes obvious as we sit at his favorite table, a round booth in the corner of Grand Rounds Brewpub, and he explains how a Scottish physical therapist ended up in Rochester, Minnesota, brewing beer. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Backthrow Pre-Pro Triple Grain Amber Lager






This month, by making use of some regionally grown grains (barley, corn, and rye—save that wheat for bread flour, yo!) we’re going to brew a Minnesota-rooted beer that, when seen through the lens of a modern BJCP beer nerd, would be pigeonholed as an International Amber Lager: “A well-attenuated malty amber lager with an interesting […]

The Stone Saloon: One man’s quest to resurrect a Civil War-era lager house in St. Paul






When Tom Schroeder bought the small, vacant limestone house at 445 Smith Avenue, a block from his family’s home in St. Paul, he really didn’t know what he was going to do with it, except save it from demolition. As he began taking apart the interior with architect John Yust, he uncovered a piece of […]

What We’re Drinking: January 2017






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, 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. Castle Danger Brewery George Hunter Stout, John Garland, Senior Editor One could make the case that Castle Danger Brewery makes the best seasonal-release beer in the state. […]

Dogfish Head coming to Minnesota in 2017






Good news for Minnesotan fans of Dogfish Head—you’ll no longer have to make the trek across the border to Wisconsin to get their hands on the Delaware–based brewery’s lineup of “off-centered ales for off-centered people.” Dogfish Head has announced it plans to expand distribution to Missouri, Alabama, West Virginia, and—last but not least—Minnesota in 2017. The move was […]

Homebrew Recipe: New Englandish Bitter






I hate to call this a session IPA but if you had to you could. It’s a sub-five percent ABV glucan-rich, non-“C” hop juice bomb, but it’s really got the soul (or at any rate, the malt, yeast, and ABV percentage) of a lovely imperial pint–sloshing bitter. Here’s the plan: flavorful pale ale malt base […]

Blacklist Artisan Ales opens taproom in downtown Duluth






Duluth’s reputation as a superior beer destination was further solidified this November with the opening of Blacklist Artisan Ales’ new 20-barrel brewery and taproom on East Superior Street. Since its founding in 2012, Blacklist has operated out of a small warehouse without a taproom on Second Street. In January of 2016, the brewery announced it […]

Now Open: Moose Lake Brewing Company






Paul Christensen and Shawn Wigg met like many people do in the brewing industry—through mutual friends who also loved beer. At the time in 2014, craft breweries were exploding in the Twin Cities, but Wigg and Christensen noticed craft beer hadn’t reached their part of the state. Soon, they started homebrewing in their garages and […]

2016 Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners






Drumroll, please, for it’s time to announce the results of The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. These are the restaurants driving a delectable food revolution throughout the state. The beers we happily raise our glasses for. The parks we escape to and explore. The music innovators and venues that make us dance, and the well-crafted […]

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A Hamm’s ransom: How the kidnapping of one of St. Paul’s most prosperous brewers reshaped a corrupt system






As president of the Theodore Hamm’s Brewery, William Hamm Jr. had an important schedule to keep. Every day at 12:45 in the afternoon, Hamm began the short walk from his brewery to the front steps of his twenty-room, red brick mansion for lunch. However, on one sweltering summer day in June 1933, Hamm’s lunch plans […]

Stone Arch marks grand opening at MSP Airport






Finding a decent beer at an airport can often be a challenge. Most airport tap towers are dominated by macro lagers and the “crafty” side of craft beer. While MSP was by no means a craft wasteland with outposts from Rock Bottom, O’Gara’s, and French Meadow, it’s getting a big boost this week with the grand […]