Star Keller Brewing Company will open to the public in March






Almost four years ago I made the trek down to August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota, for the launch of their Goosetown Gose. We sampled the new beer, then enjoyed a few more samples in the tasting room before Jace Marti, the sixth generation brewmaster at Schell’s, offered a special tour of the state’s […]




Soaking in Beer: Stepping into Budapest’s thermal beer spa






I’m deep inside the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, a sprawling 67,000-square-foot menagerie of heated indoor and outdoor pools and baths, encased in Neo-Baroque architecture. Despite the grandeur, I’m feeling slightly naked while wrapped in my bath towel and swim trunks. Snaking through the private changing cabins, the scent hits me: Is that hops I […]




Sunday sales approved by Minnesota House of Representatives






For the first time since the decades-old ban went into effect, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow Sunday liquor sales in the state. The bill, which was approved by a vote of 85–45, would allow liquor stores to be open between 10am–6pm and prohibit the delivery of alcohol to off-sale retailers […]




Ahead of their time: Town Hall was barrel-aging beer before it was cool






Before the late 1990s, the lives of barrels mostly started and ended with their relationship to wine or spirits. The notion of aging a beer in used barrels was still a relatively novel concept. What you may not know is that one of your favorite Minneapolis brewpubs was one of the earliest pioneers in barrel-aging beer. “It wasn’t a […]




32 craft breweries urge Senate to vote against Pruitt nomination to lead EPA






On Wednesday, 32 breweries sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking members to vote against Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The breweries are all part of the National Resource Defense Council’s Brewers for Clean Water campaign. Water is the primary ingredient in beer, and the NRDC’s campaign seeks to maintain […]




Bill introduced to effectively expand growler sales to all Minnesota breweries






Bring in a growler to Third Street Brewhouse’s taproom for a refill, and you’ll come away empty-bottled. In August 2016, the Cold Spring, Minnesota–based brewery ceased filling growlers after it crossed the annual production limit of 20,000 barrels imposed by state law. They joined a growing list of breweries that cannot sell growlers at their locations, including Summit Brewing, August Schell […]




Sunday sales in Minnesota? The arguments for and against






The decades-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota is back up for discussion at the State Capitol. Attempts in recent years to lift the ban have proven unsuccessful, though some restrictions have loosened, such as a 2015 provision allowing breweries to sell growlers on Sundays. There are competing interests on both sides of the […]




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Now Open (Or Darn Close): Revelation Ale Works






For Ryan Evenson, owning a brewery in Hallock, Minnesota, started with $100 and a dream. “We had a revelation,” says the Thief River Falls native, noting the significance of the light bulb in the Revelation Ale Works logo. Ryan, who is opening Revelation Ale Works with his wife Lindsey, his brother Josh, and sister-in-law Ashley, […]




Minnesota Brewery Running Series announces 2017 schedule






Even for the most avid, health-conscious runners, a carrot on a stick is probably not the most enticing form of motivation. But a beer? That’s another story. The Minnesota Brewery Running Series is back for 2017 with 25 events across the state (see the full list below). Now in its sixth year, the events are […]




Now Open (Or Damn Close): Utepils Brewing Company






Utepils Brewing is making a statement at their getaway location in Minneapolis’ @Glenwood development in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. The brewery will open with the state’s sixth-largest brewhouse on February 18. Aiming high was always the plan. Founder Dan Justesen has been part of the Minnesota beer scene for the better part of this millennium, […]




7 Continents of Beer






With all that’s happening with craft beer in the U.S., it’s easy to overlook the influence the movement is having on the world stage. Today, microbreweries can be found in every continent across the globe. Plucky young entrepreneurs are navigating complicated liquor laws to start breweries in their local communities, sometimes partnering with American expats […]




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Toast to the North: Dabbling in the great outdoors






Craft beer has become engrained in Minnesota culture. New breweries are always in the works, along with countless events highlighting the craft of beer. However, this wasn’t always the case. When the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival, an outdoor, all-you-can-sample beer festival, started in 2010, Minnesota had fewer than a dozen breweries operating in the state. […]




What We’re Drinking: February 2017






Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Lion Bridge Brewing The Disaster at Meux, John Garland, Senior Editor As an alumnus of the University of Iowa, I find myself driving along Interstate 380 […]




Homebrew Recipe: International India Black Lager






Attempting to mansplain the stylistic DNA and categorical waypoints of this month’s homebrew project will look to some (many?) like an exercise in cerevisiphilic insufferability: it’s a black version of a pale hoppy ale that was based on a misunderstood concept of what 19th century export beers were like, but which today bear even less resemblance […]




Denver: The Only City In The West






Colorado helped pave the way for craft beer nationwide. How is Denver beer getting on now that it’s mainstream? Take a window seat on the train ride from Denver International Airport to Union Station. On the half-hour trip from the middle of nowhere, watch the city come into focus through the dust and sun. Watch […]




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