Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakeville Brewing Co.






“My dream has always been to open a restaurant, and about a year ago my dream became to open a brewpub,” explains Glen Bruestle, one of four owners at Lakeville Brewing Company, set to open June 13. Bruestle and his wife Kate were looking for a building to house their restaurant plans, and ended up […]

The State of Cider 2016: Updates from cideries during Minnesota Cider Week






For at least one week in the year, cider reigns supreme in Minnesota. Town Hall Brewery’s sixth annual weeklong cider celebration runs through June 11, and this year the event was rebranded Minnesota Cider Week to reflect the growing community of cidermakers and cider drinkers across the state. Cider is an essentially simple beverage—take apple juice, ferment […]

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A letter from Beer Camp: Jace Marti of Schell’s on leading Midwest collab brew






For participating breweries, Beer Camp may not be a week of s’mores and campfires, but the memories made—and lessons learned—will last well beyond their days spent brewing at Sierra Nevada. This year’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixes up the format from previous years. Before, 12 beers from 12 different brewers were featured. This year, Beer […]

Boat Beers for Summer 2016






The Growler is toasting four years in print with our Lakes and Streams issue this June. To celebrate, we joined The Current in studio to chat about a few of our favorite Minnesota boat beers this summer season. Listen at 8:30 to hear @JoeAlton of @growlermag share recommendations for summer boat beer: https://t.co/Nhoe8twIOW https://t.co/lbeomG3Dcl — TheCurrent […]

Brewer Profile: Brennan Greene of Birch’s on the Lake






It’s the first beautiful day of spring in Minnesota—a cloudless, 70-degree afternoon in early May on Long Lake. The only thing separating today from those perfect summer days that pass by too quickly in July is the slight chill of the breeze. The patio tables at Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub are dotted […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Velvet Unterbahn Kettle-Soured Gose






This month: a traditional Gose produced with a modern souring regimen. Since long preambles are for single-strain fermentations, let’s dig right in. A recipe to try Velvet Unterbahn Gose Target OG: 1.048, Target IBU: ~7 Grain 4 pounds Weyermann® Pilsner 4 pounds Weyermann® Pale Wheat 8 ounces Weyermann® Acidulated malt Hops ½ ounce your choice […]

How yeast works: A layperson’s guide to saccharomyces






Barley, wheat, rye, hop cones, and hop pellets all have immediately tangible, readily identifiable qualities. You can inspect a jar of these raw materials on a brewery tour and instantly get a good idea of what and how they contribute to your beer. Yeast, on the other hand, is mysterious and intangible. While the brewer […]

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Building a Brewery, Chapter 1: Oakhold Digs In






Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly series of journal entries in which Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery co-founder Levi Loesch writes on the victories and setbacks of building his mixed-fermentation brewery in northern Minnesota. Introduction: A short history of a brewery-in-planning When our friends at The Growler asked Caleb Levar and me if we would be willing to […]

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Beer before hops: The bittering herbs of yore are making a comeback






Hops have been the dominant flavoring agent in beer ever since the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516, stipulated that hops were one of three allowable ingredients in brewing. Not only do hops counter the sweetness of malted grains with bitterness, but they also help prevent spoilage in the beer. But prior to […]

Fulton pays it forward to entrepreneurs and charities






“In the brewing industry there are a lot of companies that are involved in donations and that’s great,” begins Fulton Brewing co-founder Ryan Petz, seated in their North Loop taproom behind a pint of Tanager Brett IPA. “But we wanted to add our own element that ties into our own story.” Enter the brewery’s Ful10 […]

Just in time for summer: Summit 30th Anniversary Keller Pils






With forecasted highs in the 70s and 80s for the next week, Summit Brewing couldn’t have picked a better time to release the second beer in their 30th Anniversary Series: Keller Pils. According to Summit, the beer seeks to highlight the unique flavor characteristics associated with a classic German pilsner malt, while recognizing the contributions to […]

Now Open: Tavern Brewery opens with new brewers






In spring of 2015, Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, expanded operations and went from pub to brewpub, tearing down a closed yogurt shop on the adjacent property and replacing it with a brewhouse to attach to their pub. A year later, they’re rebooting operations as Tavern Brewery, complete with a new brewhouse staff and […]

Ladies, here’s why you should want to be a craft beer drinker






Kaleigh Dunn, on-premise sales representative for NorthGate Brewing, writes about bringing more women to craft beer No more staring into the beer aisle longingly. No more second-guessing when ordering something off the draft list. No more caring about what others think when you have a pint in your hand. I’ll let you in on a secret […]

The mystery behind the Surly, Dangerous Man “Blutpakt” revealed






Surly and Dangerous Man caused a bit of a stir last week when they announced a mysterious “blutp̈akt” on social media. Speculation immediately began to swirl and ranged from both breweries being acquired by AB-InBev to Surly canning beer for Dangerous Man. In the end however, the most obvious guess was the correct one: a collaboration beer. […]

Travail chef takes the reins of a restaurant and brewery






Spotlight IPA. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s because you haven’t been to F-Town Brewing Company or one of Travail’s restaurants lately—or maybe ever. The refreshing session ale is a collaboration effort between Andy Goettsch, chef at Travail Kitchen and Amusements, and F-Town Brewing Company of Faribault, Minnesota. These two establishments have combined for […]