Lessons from Year One

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We asked six Minnesota breweries to reflect on the ups and downs of their first year in the brewing business Minnesota will have more than 100 craft breweries in business by the end of 2015. It’s remarkable, considering the state had only five licensed breweries in 2005. While all the new developments are interesting, what’s […]

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Surly creates rhubarb saison for 2015 Chipotle Cultivate Festival

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Photos by Aaron Davidson For the second year, Surly Brewing Company has brewed a beer for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Minneapolis. Your one-and-only chance to taste it is Saturday, August 22, from 11am—7pm in Loring Park, but The Growler crew was lucky enough to get an exclusive first taste on Wednesday. Last year, Surly’s Cultivate […]

Straight from the Source: Brewery Vivant

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Photos by Steph Harding Belgian tradition. Local mission. Brewery Vivant’s philosophy is clear the moment you walk up to its doors. Located in an old funeral home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the pub gives off a monastic vibe: diffused light, lots of wood, stained-glass windows, beer-hall tables for shared seating. This sense of community, coupled […]

AleSmith Brewing Company launches Minnesota distribution

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Another award-winning national craft brewery has expanded distribution to Minnesota. AleSmith Brewing Company will begin hitting shelves and tap lines in the state “any day now.” Twenty years after launching in a small space in the commercial district of Miramar in San Diego, California, AleSmith CEO—and Minnesota native—Peter Zien is bringing his beer back home. “Minnesota is my home state […]

From Itasca to the Gulf: Fulton and NOLA collaborate on ‘Messipi’

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Ol’ Man River. The Big Muddy. The Gathering of Water. The Joiner of Breweries. The Mississippi River cuts a meandering line down the center of the United States, connecting not only northern Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, but also Minneapolis’ Fulton Brewing with New Orleans’ NOLA Brewing. So it only makes sense that […]

Homebrew Recipe: La Granja Agave Azacca Saison

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Agave tequilana is the plant responsible for pulque and tequila. It’s also an adjunct sugar source for this month’s recipe. In the interest of adjective-laden beer styles we’re going to undertake a non-traditional farmhouse ale populated by blue agave nectar, new school hops, and a mixed-culture fermentation. We’ll need a few things to breathe life […]

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Style Profile: Foreign Extra Stout

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Eyes closed, you lie in the sun listening to the waves lapping at the beach. Warm sand cradles you in form-fitting softness. The air is steamy, but a gentle breeze makes it bearable. The quiet buzz of other beachcombers lulls you into a hazy half sleep. Then, a voice startles you back to wakefulness. “Holy […]

Brewer profile: Kristen England of Bent Brewstillery

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Located in a nondescript Roseville warehouse that’s more cinder-block drab than exposed-brick chic, Bent Brewstillery plays by its own rules. The brewery–distillery blends bare-bones warehouse vibes with shiny chrome and dark wood details, calling to mind California taprooms that care more about their product than they do ambiance. The place’s vibe is unassuming yet meticulous, […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Forager Brewing Company

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If you’re a landowner in southeast Minnesota, you may soon be getting a knock on your door from Austin Jevne. The head brewer at Rochester, Minnesota’s, soon-to-open brewpub, Forager Brewing Company, has a passion for incorporating wild, foraged ingredients in his beer. “I enjoy it because it brings the forest to a bottle,” Jevne says. […]

The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Kansas City

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I’m going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come It may well be possible to visit Kansas City, Missouri, without making a special trip to the corner of 18th Street and Vine, a historic cradle of American jazz, but for me it was not. So, after the beer tasting and dinner I hosted at […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Rhombus Guys Brewing Company

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From the start, Matt Winjum and Arron Hendricks have seen the world from a slightly different angle. In the early 2000s, when conventional wisdom said a college degree was necessary to get a job, the 18-year-old college freshmen decided to create their own employment. Their idea was a mobile smoothie stand to bring to summertime […]

Now Open: F-Town Brewing

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Located just off of Central Avenue in historic downtown Faribault, Minnesota, Chris Voegele, Travis Temke, and Noah Strouth opened the doors to the town’s first modern brewery, F-Town Brewing, last month. “The community is really excited about it,” says Temke, the company’s business and marketing manager. F-Town Brewing is the first […]

Bryn Mawr Brewing Co. signs lease for historic Minneapolis location

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Bryn Mawr Brewing Company announced today it has signed a 10-year lease in the @Glenwood development at 225 Thomas Avenue North in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. The location was home to the Glenwood Inglewood Water Company and the Fruen Mill throughout the late 19th and much of the 20th century, but has sat vacant for many […]

In Cahoots with Mikey and Niko: Episode Two – The Brew Day

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A behind-the-scenes look at the Fulton + Fair State collaboration beer July 8, 11:30am, Fair State Brewing Cooperative A pallet of white-and-red bags sits in the sun outside the back entrance to Fair State Brewing Cooperative. Filled with 50 pounds each of German malts—pale wheat and Bohemian pilsner—the bags indicate one thing: Brew day has […]

Then and now: Uncovering Duluth’s storied Peoples Brewing Co.

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Peoples Brewing Company of Duluth was ahead of its time. Founded on socialist principles in 1907 by Martin Smith, F.G. Sandstedt, and Michael J. Gleeson, the brewery stood up to big beer long before it was hip to do so. At that time, Duluth had two other breweries, Fitger’s Brewery (unaffiliated with Fitger’s Brewhouse) and […]

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