Homebrew Recipe: Tré Cool Imperial IPA

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I knew a girl from San Francisco, and she and her Bay Area friends had been Green Day fans from their underground days. At least until Dookie hit the charts, then no more. Mainstream success = kiss of death. A thing’s coolness is inversely proportional to the number of people who like that thing. Imperial [...]

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Grumpy’s Limited Action Beer Festival This Saturday Features One-of-a-Kind Brews

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What happens when a bar asks every brewery in town to make up a special beer for a random Saturday in November? If you’re Grumpy’s, they respond with a resounding yes. Beginning at 2pm this Saturday, Grumpy’s Downtown will host the Limited Action Beer Festival. The free event is your chance to taste one-of-a-kind and [...]

Apples to Apple Cider: Minnesota’s craft cider takes root


Minnesota’s craft cider scene is growing. The sweeter cousin of craft beer contains a similar alcohol by volume, but with the nose-tickling bubbles of dry champagne. While not out of place next to Surly or Indeed’s latest seasonal on draft, cider is actually created in a process that has more in common with making wine than [...]

Now Open: Bob and Pete DeLange’s Waconia Brewing

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UPDATE October 23, 2014: Waconia Brewing is now open When Bob and Pete DeLange open the doors of Waconia Brewing Company this October they, like their brother Kevin, will officially hold the title of “brewery owner.” Perhaps partially spurred by a little sibling rivalry with Kevin, the co-founder of Colorado’s award-winning Dry Dock Brewing, Pete [...]

Style Profile: Barley Wine


We explore barley wine, an often misunderstood style that warms the throat—and heart. Illustration by David Witt As much as many of us wish it weren’t so, winter is on its way. Already there is a chill in the air and the long days are quickly losing their battle with the night. But the inevitable [...]

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A Town Hall Meeting with Brewer Mike Hoops


In anticipation of Town Hall’s Anniversary Week, we rap with Town Hall Brewery’s Mike Hoops. Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Mike Hoops Hometown: Glencoe, MN Works at: Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 Turn-Ons: Integrity, a daybreak in the woods, and ladies driving motorcycles Turn-Offs: Gutterballs, brewery floors, -20°F The Growler: [...]

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To Age or Not to Age?


All over this country good beer is dying. These are not dramatic or heroic deaths, not the explosive demise of dropped bottles nor the panicked jerk of clumsily overturned pints. These are slow, invisible deaths, stretching over weeks, months, and years, hidden out of sight and mind in dark basements and cramped closets across the [...]

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Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Fresh Hop Beers

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The fall hop harvest has all but come to a close, but the fruits of those labors are just now ready for enjoyment. Fresh hop ales are hitting shelves and taprooms all across the state to ring in my personal favorite season of the year—autumn. Fresh hops possess more intense aromas and flavors than their [...]

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Sneak Peek: NorthGate Brewing’s New Brewery

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg The Growler gets a sneak peek of NorthGate Brewing’s new brewery and taproom Nearly two two years after pouring their first pint, NorthGate Brewing has officially moved its operations from the minuscule 780 square foot space where it all began to a 7,400 square foot warehouse on Broadway and Harding in [...]

Vote for the Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards 2014


Thank you for voting in the 2014 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards. Polling is now closed and winners will be announced in the December 2014 / January 2015 issue of The Growler Magazine.

Chasing the Beer Scene in Alaska


Even if you’ve never been, Alaska needs no introduction. With dark, impossibly bitter winters, majestic spruce forests, and countless lakes, streams and marshes, it’s like an uber-Minnesota. Of course, Alaska also has thousands of miles of saltwater coastline and several towering mountain ranges that make the North Shore’s Sawtooth Range look like a collection of [...]

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Now Open or Damn Close, Fall 2014

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In this edition of Now Open (or Damn Close), we take a look at four very different breweries. Insight Brewing There’s Insight Brewing, the latest addition to Northeast Minneapolis’s burgeoning brewery scene. It’s a “globally inspired” establishment that blends styles from east Asia, northern Europe, North America and everywhere in between. Even in the Twin [...]

The Packaging of Craft Beer, Part II: Retailing


Last issue, we discussed how breweries approach their package design. In Part II, we find the beer on shelves. But where? In the cooler or on the warm floor? How does a package influence what a retailer will stock? “Every brewery wants you to put all their beer in the cooler,” says Todd Taylor. “It [...]

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Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider


Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider 6.9% ABV Beer drinkers, your cider is in. Yep, Woodchuck hopped up some cider for you. It pours a light straw-yellow, much like a pilsner, but the head does not linger long. Tight tiny champagne like bubbles continue to be released as you sip and agitate your glass. On the nose it [...]

Sand Creek Brewing Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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Sand Creek Brewing Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 4.5% ABV I love when you can get a big, full bodied stout under 8%—that way you can enjoy a few with reduced guilt. Sand Creek from Black River Falls, WI, has a 4.5% chocolate oatmeal stout that is deep black with a luxurious tan head. Roasted malt, cocoa nibs, [...]