Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Winners 2014

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We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-of-a-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thanks […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Motorboat Oatmeal Extra Stout

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Do you have a personal end-of-autumn ritual? One of my seasonal markers is a fall trip to fly fish for steelhead with some old friends. Solitude, no cell reception, deep woods, the loud sound of flowing water, wolves and eagles, aurora at night, nostrils full of the hoppy tang of balsam sap. After I return […]

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3 Lowertown Developments to Watch in 2015

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Intrigued by Lowertown’s renaissance? Here are three big developments to watch in 2015. 1. Custom House • 180 E. Kellogg Blvd The former Eugene McCarthy Post Office distributed the bulk of St. Paul’s mail for nearly 80 years. Now, the Union Depot-adjacent building is set to feature 202 luxury apartments, a 150-room hotel and space for […]

Starting New with Todd Haug of Surly Brewing Company

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A lot has changed for Todd Haug and Surly Brewing over the years. Now Haug and Surly are starting new with the Destination Brewery in Minneapolis. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Todd Haug Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Works at: Surly Brewing Co., 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 and 520 Malcolm Ave. […]

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Serial Drinking: The Journey, or the Destination?

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By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint “I just reached an important milestone!” exclaimed my friend as I entered the room. Her enthusiasm made me ask the question. “Wow. What milestone?” “I just passed 1,000 unique beers on Untappd.” Really? I thought, as I offered my congratulations. Getting married, graduating college, a major career advancement, having […]

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Chasing the Beer Scene in Eastern Wisconsin

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Eastern Wisconsin is a land of opportunity for the beer traveler. Exploring this region can make for a memorable long weekend or even inspire multiple return visits to experience the seasonal brews throughout the year. There are incredible vistas, winding ‘coastal’ roads, historic towns, and some of the most distinctive local cuisine including unforgettable Wisconsin […]

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Straight from the Source: LTD Brewing Co.

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By Doug Hoverson Blake Verdon and Jeremy “Jem” Hale met in their science classes at the University of Minnesota and quickly became obsessed with brewing. Like many other homebrewers, they dreamed of going pro, but their science training kept them on a systematic path. They found the brewing system they wanted more than two years […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Take 16 Brewing

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Is Luverne big enough for Take 16 Brewing? Its owners sure hope so. In the small farming town of Luverne, Minnesota, a group of friends got together everyday for coffee at a local hangout to talk about life, work, and the community, until in July 2012 the conversation turned to beer. “Why doesn’t Luverne have […]

Brew U: Educating the Next Generation of Brewers

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Normalizing higher education for craft beer brewers. Would you try to become an attorney without attending law school? Would you try your hand at brain surgery without first going to medical school? Would you expect to be hired by NASA without an aerospace degree? Of course not. So why is formal beer education regarded as […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Montgomery Brewing

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Montgomery Brewing has a rare combination of hometown charm and historic cachet. When you have access to a 130-year-old defunct brewery building, there’s only one thing to do—start brewing in it. That’s exactly what Charles Dorsey and AJ Newton did these past years when they drove from the Twin Cities to Montgomery, Minnesota, to homebrew […]

Style Profile: Holiday Ales

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Illustration by David Witt Cue the sleigh bells. Winter’s cold has arrived and brought with it the holiday ales. Liquor store shelves are lined with poinsettia and elf bedecked bottles. Winter warmers can be found by the dozens. There is even a Hanukkah beer or two out there. What is it that makes these beers […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wabasha Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) looks at St. Paul’s newest brewery: Wabasha Brewing. St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood is steeped in Minnesota’s brewing tradition. It’s there that Anthony Yoerg moved Minnesota’s first commercial brewing company in 1871 where it stood until 1953. Martin Bruggeman followed suit in 1872 and moved Bruggeman’s Brewery to the West […]

The Mill: T-Day Beers, Tryptophania, Christmas Markets and more

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The Mill is just about set for Thanksgiving. We’re trying out turkey liver mousse recipes (like Tiny Diner’s, above) and we know which three beers we’re bringing on Thursday. Which local suds will grace your holiday tables? Any other T-Day beer events you’re excited about? Let us know what’s on your radar in The Mill by tweeting […]

3 Beers I’m Bringing to Thanksgiving

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This post is a collaboration with our good friends at Bow & Arrow Magazine. Check out their stylish blog, where this post originally appeared, and follow them @bowandarrowmag. — I can scarcely contribute anything to my family’s Thanksgiving meal. Turkey is my dad’s domain. My grandmother is a wizard with pies. My mom’s stuffing and […]

The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

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The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag. Insight Brewing Opens This Friday: We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek […]