Beers for non-beer people

When you love beer, you want to share it. One challenge, though, is that for many people there’s a notion that “beer” is just “fizzy corn water with a touch of alcohol.” The dominance of macro light lager in the marketplace for so long has convinced many people that beer only means one thing, and […]

Dry in Duluth: The story behind the last dry neighborhoods in the Zenith City

Nearly all of Duluth has embraced the explosion of local beer, but there’s one eastside neighborhood that hasn’t partaken. In fact, the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood hasn’t sold a drop of alcohol during its 125-year-old ban on liquor sales. The historic run came to end in June, however, when the Duluth City Council voted to sign […]

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Todd Haug stepping down from Surly Brewing

In a statement posted on Surly Brewing Company’s website today, Head of Brewing Operations Todd Haug announced he’s stepping down from his position. Haug has been at Surly since its inception in 2006. “I’d like to thank our family, friends and fans – Surly Nation – for always believing in our vision,” Haug said in […]

The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 26 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Much was learned at The Growler and Northern Brewer’s first blind tasting of a formidable field of 53 Minnesota-made American IPAs. Our first blind tasting earlier this year gave us a snapshot of the state of brewing in Minnesota through the lens of a ubiquitous style. We sampled IPAs that fell short of expectations and […]

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Big Beer buys Northern Brewer

Roseville-based Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply, the largest homebrewing supplier in the country, and its sister company Midwest Supplies have been acquired by a venture capital arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Growler first caught wind of a potential acquisition from a tip pointing us a homebrew forum last week. Since then, Beer Marketer’s Insights has reported that Northern has “partnered” with ZX Ventures, a […]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer […]

Building a Brewery, Chapter 3: Outside Expertise

[Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of monthly 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 and Chapter 2: The Right Tools For The Job.] With […]

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Gold and Bronze: Five Minnesota breweries medal at GABF 2016

Five Minnesota beers were awarded medals from a field of over 7,200 beers judged at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition in Denver, Colorado. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, won gold for its flagship Extra Pale Ale in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category. According to the GABF website, Summit EPA has won five […]

3 key changes to this year’s GABF beer categories

Behind the scenes at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), a cadre of 264 qualified judges will taste around 7,300 beers submitted from across the country in 96 categories. Those found most favorable are awarded the ultimate taproom adornment and marketing bonanza: a GABF medal. Before sending off their wares, however, brewers must consume […]

What We’re Drinking: October 2016

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. Tattersall Distilling Amaro, John Garland, Senior Editor John Keats once called autumn the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s also the feeling I get from my […]

Homebrew Recipe: 1997 IPA

<old man rant> Some of us here can remember a time when craft beer (back then we called it “microbrew”) wasn’t so complicated. It wasn’t so fraught with issues of identity, craft versus “crafty,” or the minefields of ownership and majority stakes. There were no paralyzing choices created by an entire wall of palate-erasing next-thing […]

Craft Cocktail: Everything Nice at Lyn 65

There’s a stock image in my mind of a place with a good cocktail list. It’s dark. It might be in a basement. There’s exposed brick and plush seating. The bartenders are wearing Carhartt aprons. There are strange liqueurs on the menu I won’t dare try to pronounce. This is what makes drinking at Lyn […]

Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia

Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice into a bowl. After leaving it out for a few weeks, whether on purpose or by accident, the liquid spontaneously ferments into something sweet, pungent, and that, when imbibed, […]

Celebrate the harvest at these 10 Minnesota wineries

Across Minnesota, the nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and grapes are ripening on their vines as harvest season pushes summer out the door. All the hours spent tending to their vineyards come to fruition at harvest and beyond for Minnesota vintners, so it’s no wonder many of them mark this time of […]

Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn’t stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, all to the sound of the clinking of steins and shouts of “Prost!” Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest […]