Now Open: Beaver Island Brewing

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UPDATE: Beaver Island Brewing opened the doors to its taproom on February 21st at 4pm. It seems just a short few months ago that Beaver Island Brewing announced they would soon be opening a new brewery in St. Cloud, Minnesota—because in fact it was just a few months ago. What these days seems an improbable […]

Domestic Flights: Musings from the Airport Bar

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I’m nursing a $10 beer in a bar called Beers of the World at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. My flight home to Minneapolis is delayed at least half an hour as storms move in from the southwest. I’ve already had one $10 beer, but what else is there to do? The knowledge that a […]

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Brewer Profile: Niko Tonks of Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative’s head brewer gives us a fair hearing.  Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Niko Tonks Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine Works at: Fair State Brewing Cooperative Turn-Ons: Fermentation. Turn-Offs: Christmas music. Temperatures over 90. Dogma, man. The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Niko Tonks: It’s Christmas [at the time of the interview], […]

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Winterfest 2015 and Beyond: What’s On Tap at the Minnesota Brewers Guild

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From a new executive director to a new format for the perennially popular Winterfest, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild has big plans for 2015. Winterfest, the 14th annual celebration of all things Minnesota beer, has a different look and feel in 2015. The long-running festival returns to Union Depot where last year the Minnesota Craft […]

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MN Brewery Running Series Announces 2015 Schedule

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Out of the dozens of serious and casual runners in my group of friends, there’s something I’ve noticed they have in common—every one of them loves beer. It may be coincidence, but with scientific studies pointing to beer as a superior post-run beverage to water, the recent record-setting sub-5 minute beer mile, and a running store in Colorado […]

Great Lakes Refreshes Their Brand with New Artwork

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The beer times, they are a-changing. Great Lakes Brewing Company has sailed under the same logo since their 1988 inception, but even a brewery founded on consistency and timelessness needs an occasional tweak to best reach an expanding base. With new packaging set for a Memorial Day release, it is the first time their logo […]

The Wooden Age: An Era of Barrel-aged Beer in Minnesota

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Barrel aged beer is a big deal in the world of craft beer these days. It’s also unpredictable, time-consuming to make, and getting more expensive as it grows in popularity. In 2001 Town Hall’s Czar Jack Imperial Stout, now a staple in their annual Barrel Aged Week, won a gold medal at the illustrious Great […]

The Beer Diet

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Note from the Editor: The following is author Melissa Maki’s account of her partner of 19 years Troy Roger’s unusual diet of only beer. All views expressed in this story are soley the author’s. Check with your physician before starting any diet. Troy Rogers, the author, and The Growler bear no legal responsibility for health issues that […]

ENKI’s Brewery Expansion Has Roots in Minnesota Agriculture

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  ENKI Brewing’s mission to “Make the World a Friendlier Place” has been a successful one thus far. The Victoria, MN, brewery has begun expansion after one and a half years in operation, doubling the square footage in their former creamery building and tripling the production capacity. One thing that sets ENKI apart from other brewery […]

Straight from the Source: Sisyphus Brewing

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Photos by Doug Hoverson The architecturally-minded drinker might think there was something a bit unusual about both the taproom and the brewhouse at Sisyphus Brewing in the Loring Park neighborhood. It’s not the exposed brick, or the large windows—these are common enough in taprooms located in historic structures. The exposed rafters look normal, but wait! […]

National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

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50campfires is the camping authority with camping tips, recipes, gear reviews & more! Visit for more content about the great outdoors. Illustration by David Witt How many National Parks can you name? Be honest. We’re guessing the answer isn’t all 58. The marquee parks like Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone seem to get all the […]

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Destination Potosi

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A drive through southwestern Wisconsin takes travelers over bluffs, past farms, and into villages that have maintained much of their character from the pre-bypass era. Even Highway 61 goes right through Lancaster, Boscobel, and Fennimore. The region was at the center of the lead rush of the 1820s and 1830s. But as the ore played […]

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Now Open (or Damn Close): 56 Brewing

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A simple Twitter post from NorthGate Brewing this past summer announcing their plans to expand in a new location was the spark that lit the fire for husband and wife Kale and Kerry Johnson. Kale, a professional engineer and five-year homebrewer, reached out to NorthGate, curious to know what their plans were with the old […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Late Winter 2015

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This edition of Now Open (or Damn Close) features breweries from one end of Minnesota to the other. Voyageur Brewing The Minnesota Northwoods is a place where travelers can satisfy their need for adventure by immersing themselves in wilderness. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior National Forest allow backcountry adventurers the opportunity […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LTS Brewing

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They say ignorance is bliss. Before the craft beer renaissance in the US, beer drinkers happily stocked their refrigerators with light lagers because it was all they knew. But craft breweries popping up every day around the country are exposing beer drinkers to the differences between a flavorful craft beer and light macro-lagers. The revelation […]