Announcement: Autumn Brew Review Ticket On-Sale Today

ABR September 2009
// Photography by Jon Behm // www.facebook.com/MinnesotaCraftBrewersGuild/

14th Annual Autumn Brew Review, one of the longest running and largest craft beer festivals in Minnesota, returns September 27! TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 29 at NOON (CST) at www.tempotickets.com/abr EVENT DETAILS:  Saturday, September 27, 2014 1 – 5 p.m. Historic Grain Belt Brewery Complex | Minneapolis, MN $45 + applicable taxes and ticketing [...]

Beer/Cheese: Auroch’s Horn and Brigid’s Abbey

aurochs horn, brigids abbey

Half the fun of this craft beer boom is exploring its variety. We get to experience new techniques, tastes and ideas. We’re able to enjoy things that can’t necessarily happen on a large scale, made by people whose concern is injecting a unique personality into their product. Auroch’s Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. is a prime [...]

The Mill: In Cahoots and Uneasy Detente

The Mill, Lake Superior

The Mill has returned from the lake. Duluth treated us to a gorgeous 84 degrees to sample from 66 breweries in Bayfront Festival Park. Now it’s time to get collaborative at Red Stag and find some interesting new summer beers. Got any inside brew info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: We’ve added an interesting twist to [...]

Mike Munson Played 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 5 Days

Dave Munson plays to a crowded Fulton Brewing Co. patio // Photo by Joe Alton

From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson traversed the Mississippi River Valley and followed Highway 61 up to the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different brewery taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders explored the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for trends and differences [...]

Weekend Events Preview: All Pints North, Tour de Fat, Nordeast Brewers Block Party

All Pints North 2014

July is coming to a close and summer days grow shorter—all the more reason to get outdoors and enjoy each minute of daylight (and moonlight for that matter) left. This weekend, head north to Duluth for amazing summertime events. Be sure to make it back on Sunday for a new brewer’s block party in Nordeast. [...]

UPDATE: Landslide Deals Roets Jordan Brewery a Big Blow

Roets Jordan Brewery

By Brian Martucci One of the metro area’s most ambitious brewery projects is on hold, and may need to find a new home altogether, after a waterlogged hillside above the brewery space in Jordan, Minnesota, gave way this month. Roets Jordan Brewery had been slated to open in the historic Jordan Brewery building later this [...]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Summit Owner Mark Stutrud recipe planning with Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo, owners of Bang Brewing Co. // Photo by Chip Walton, Summit Brewing Co.

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and [...]

Pack Up For Sierra Nevada’s Twin Cities Beer Camp

Beer Camp Across America // Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing

“This is the first time we’ve ever attempted this, and there’s no model for what we’re trying to do,” says Stephen Cregan, Sierra Nevada’s Twin Cities sales representative. “This is going to be the largest craft beer celebration in history.” He’s talking about Beer Camp Across America, a multi-weekend, multi-city beer festival that will involve [...]

Wine Wednesday: Landskroon Chenin Blanc

Landskroon Chenin Blanc

As the summer days stretch on, so does my dogged quest to find the best cheap white wine. Rarely, do I ever think of chenin blanc as a value grape. The problem was, I was looking in the wrong country. For cheap whites, you might stick to vinho verde, pinot grigio, colombard – grapes that can be grown [...]

The Mill: All Star Week

Target Field // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

The Mill is seeing stars, but hopefully no more rain for one more day of All Star Game festivities. Did you see Giancarlo Stanton’s 510-foot blast in the home run derby last night? Ridiculous. ICYMI: Consult our Guide to Downtown Drinking if you’ll be joining the fray this afternoon. Upcoming Events: There’s a Surly/Indeed tap takeover at Butcher [...]

All Star Guide to Drinking Downtown Minneapolis

2014 All Star

Hey there, so you’re in town for the All Star Game, eh? I can see by your Fanfest swag and that far away look in your eyes that you’ve been confined to downtown Minneapolis for a day or two. Sorry about that, you must need a drink. First let me say, welcome to the Twin Cities. [...]

Let’s Get Happy! Soberfish

tempura and spicy salmon at soberfish

So many things about Soberfish would suggest a lack of focus. The Seward neighborhood restaurant has all the hallmarks of pan-Asian fusion confusion. Except, that is, for where it counts the most. The name, first announced as Drunken Sake, and then Drunken Fish, finally landed on something that not only makes no sense, but gives a diner [...]

Eat This Now! Gerhard’s Brats at Surdyk’s

gerhards brats social

Gerhard Riautschnig says that cast iron pans are the way to cook his käsewurst. I spoke to the sausage maker about what makes a good brat for Growler Issue 14, and he stressed simplicity. Just heat up his brats in some simmering water, he says, and serve with mustard and crusty bread. But the cheese [...]

Wine Wednesday: Lionel Messi’s Malbec

Leo Malbec

So Leo Messi might be the best soccer player in the world. So he made $65 Million last year. So he’s lead Argentina with four goals in this World Cup, plus a game-winning assist in the 118th minute against Switzerland, and now they’ll play the Netherlands for a spot in the finals this afternoon. But, [...]

In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft (Beer)

InCahoots2014 Breweries

The Growler, in partnership with Red Stag Supperclub, is hosting the Twin Cities’ first ever beer collaboration festival on August 3rd in Northeast Minneapolis. “In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft” adds a twist to Red Stag’s 8th Annual Block Party—a well-established Northeast tradition—and pairs four teams of Minnesota breweries for the occasion. Attendees can sample [...]