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

Smoked turkey liver mousse at Tiny Diner

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 [...]

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 [...]