Homebrew Recipe: Provisional Sour Belgian Brown

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Plan ahead, that’s the ticket! It is entirely the wrong weather to drink something strong, dark, and malty—but experience tells us that six months from now, we might want a beer exactly like that. And unless you have refrigeration, it’s too hot to ferment a nice pale lager—but it’s damn near perfect for fermenting a sour [...]

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Schell’s Noble Star #4: Black Forest Cherry

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The fourth interpretation in Schell’s Berliner weisse series has landed. If you’re not yet in the mood for changing leaves and sweater weather, you will be now. The malty base beer for Schell’s Black Forest Cherry was aged for a full year in large cypress lagering tanks. Then came the addition of a couple tons [...]

Chipotle’s Cultivate Celebrates Sustainable Food, Live Music, and Local Beer

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When you think of brands that host hip outdoor events, names like Red Bull and New Belgium Brewing may spring to mind. Chipotle, on the other hand, probably does not—at least not yet. It may not have featured the extreme sports of Red Bull Crashed Ice or the gonzo atmosphere of New Belgium’s Tour de [...]

The Growler’s Minnesota State Fair Bingo 2014

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The Growler is headed to the Minnesota State Fair. What’s that? You are too! Be sure to play our State Fair Bingo game for your chance to win the Grand Prize of Two (2) Tickets to the Summer Beer Dabbler at Midway Stadium on September 6.  Here’s how to play: 1.) Download a Bingo Card [...]

The Growler’s Guide to Craft Beer at the Minnesota State Fair 2014

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This year brings a new S’Mores Beer, the return of the popular Mini Donut Beer, and even more places to find your favorite craft beers. The Minnesota State Fair officially began in 1859, one year after Minnesota became a state, to promote the area’s agricultural potential and encourage farmers to plant crops in Minnesota. These [...]

Lucette Brewing set for brewery expansion, release of new canned beer

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Lucette Brewing of Menomonie, Wisconsin, announced today its plans to expand its brewing facility by connecting the two current buildings on the property, adding a 57,000 lbs grain silo, and additional fermenters. The move will increase the brewery’s efficiency, capacity, and overall  experience for visitors—not to mention the creation of several new jobs. The expansion [...]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bent Brewstillery

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By Brian Kaufenberg UPDATED: August 15, 2014 Bartley Blume, owner of Bent Brewstillery, lives in a world of alliteration. His father Bob, mom Betz, brother Brad and wife Brenda are living proof (even his dogs have names starting with “B”). The thing Bartley Blume loves more than the letter “B” is brewing and distilling. A [...]

Beans to Beer: Stonehouse Coffee in Nisswa Brewing Up Plans for Beer Making

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A family familiar with bags of coffee beans ready for roasting will soon be lugging bags of grain awaiting brewing.  The French family owns Stonehouse Coffee, a company founded in 2001 that roasts its own beans for its coffee and grinds its own wheat for fresh-baked scones. Soon they will take their hands-on, homemade philosophy [...]

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Now Open (or Damn Close): New Breweries in Minnesota and Beyond

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Each issue we take a look at a few new breweries on the craft beer scene. In issue 14 we take a closer look at Drekker Brewing (Fargo, ND), Oliphant Brewing (Somerset, WI), and LynLake Brewery (Minneapolis, MN). Drekker In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the [...]

Beer Run: Exploring the Brewery Boom of America’s Heartland

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The opening phrase from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities could have been an apt beginning for my book A Perfect Pint’s Beer Guide to the Heartland that was published in May by the University of Illinois Press. I really couldn’t have [...]

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Style Profile: Vienna Lager

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint A phenomenon of human migration is that traditions, customs, and cultural idiosyncrasies may be retained in the adopted land long after they have died out in their place of origin. A good example of this is the archaic version of the German language still spoken by the Amish of [...]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Drekker Brewing

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In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the Gokstad Viking ship and sail his ship across the Atlantic Ocean to Norway. Asp passed away before he could sail his completed ship, The Hjemkomst (“Homecoming” in Norwegian), but in 1982 Asp’s four children and eight friends completed [...]

The Packaging of Craft Beer: Thinking Outside the Bottle

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We endlessly debate the beer itself, but what about its container? In Part I of a two-part series on packaging, we talk to two local design firms for insight into the branding of craft beer. Carey Matthews knew the logo needed work. “We were in the middle of a cellar expansion and building expansion, and [...]

The Greatest Beer Destinations in the U.S.

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This edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops hits the high points of the American beer scene. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. This issue I am going to talk about some of the best communities in the U.S. to drink craft beer. Most of my adult life [...]

Sausage in the Cities

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Food Meets Beer, meets sausage. In the Cities. Nuff said. Photos by Daniel Murphy Put down those indifferent factory brats—we’re in the midst of a tubed-meat renaissance. We talk with two operations leading the way. The poet John Godfrey Saxe was quoted in The Daily Cleveland Herald on March 29th, 1869, saying “laws, like sausages, [...]