Craft beer gets ‘small’: Breaking down the Brewers Association’s 2016 growth report






The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual craft beer statistics report Tuesday morning, outlining the latest data on craft beer production and its overall market share in the beer category. One of the takeaways? Craft beer is growing steadily, but getting “smaller.” Let’s dig into the data to uncover what this means. The U.S. saw […]




We Can Rebuild It: How to reverse-engineer a beer






Pablo Picasso once said “To copy others is necessary,” and who are we to argue with a cubist? Since contemporary craft and world classic beers are a source of inspiration and aspiration to homebrewers, let’s talk a bit about reverse-engineering. Recreating a favorite beer from a brewery, region, or fondly remembered trip is an evergreen […]




Brewer Profile: Andy Ruhland of Bad Weather Brewing






It’s 9:30am and I’m sipping my first cup of coffee of the morning as I pull up to Bad Weather Brewing on West 7th Street in St. Paul. Inside, standing behind the half wall separating the taproom from the brewery, Andy Ruhland is also sipping from a coffee mug, but it’s apparent that this is […]




Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roma Restaurant & Brewery






Roma Restaurant & Brewery is owned by two brothers who grew up in a foodie household. Making things from scratch is what they know, and that love of working with their hands and creating led them into the culinary world and, now, into beer as well. Brent Pilrain and his brother Brian, one year older, […]




Building A Brewery, Chapter 4: For the Love of Microbes






Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of journal entries in which Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery founders Levi Loesch and Caleb Levar write about the trials and tribulations of starting their mixed-fermentation brewery in Northern Minnesota. Catch up with Chapter 1: Oakhold Digs In, Chapter 2: The Right Tools For The Job, and Chapter […]




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Dogfish Head lands in Minnesota






Dogfish Head will begin showing up on Minnesota retail shelves on March 27, but their “off-centered ales” are starting to pop up on draft lines around the Twin Cities this week. The Delaware craft brewery has teamed up with Breakthru Beverage Group to distribute their beers in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, including 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, […]




Now Open: Island City Brewing Company in Winona






The culture of Winona, Minnesota, is largely shaped by the town’s location along the Mississippi River. Surrounded by water and the picturesque bluffs of the river valley, the city embodies its natural surroundings. So too does its new brewery opening March 17, Island City Brewing Company, situated adjacent to Levee Park, a man-made protection that […]




Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list






The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary […]




Now Open (Or Damn Close): Swinging Bridge Brewing Company






“It’s a really special town here,” says Dustin Dodge, founder of Swinging Bridge Brewing Company in River Falls, Wisconsin. “It has that small town feel but you’re really close to everything,” he explains. Dodge is a native of Spooner, Wisconsin, and after serving in the military he moved to River Falls to attend University of […]




Lupulin Brewing expands, starts canning






Hundreds of bright green cans clink together as a vibrating stainless steel table funnels them down into a single file line, before the rollercoaster conveyor belt corkscrews them into a canning machine. After a quick rinse, five thin plastic straws plunge into a row of empty cans and purge them with carbon dioxide before the […]




8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded






The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any […]




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Brewer Profile: Dicky Lopez of NorthGate Brewing






It’s a sleepy Tuesday afternoon at NorthGate Brewing. The taproom is closed and chairs are stacked upside down on the tables. NorthGate’s head brewer Dicky Lopez strolls in from the brewhouse floor and shakes hands with a strong grip. He’s sporting a heavy buffalo red flannel over his burly frame, a wild black beard, and […]




Homebrew Recipe: Brockengespenst Alt






“They traveled in a motor-diligence out toward the Brocken. The brushland grew hilly and witchlike, clouds came from directions indeterminate and covered the sun. ‘An older sort of Germany,’ commented Günther, with a less-than-reassuring smile. ‘Deeper.’” —Thomas Pynchon, “Against the Day” Alt is a relic of a bygone era when Saxons hallucinated witches and devils […]




Kernz-huh? Could the perennial promise of Kernza benefit food, beer, and the world?






There’s a new-ish crop that’s been sprouting hopeful conversation in recent years. Kernza is the name given by Kansas-based The Land Institute to a specific germ line of perennial wheatgrass. Like a long-lost, wild cousin of traditional, annual wheat, it has the potential to help the environment and increase food production in incredible ways. It’s […]




The West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine






How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same […]