For Sale: Dave’s BrewFarm

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Ever dream of buying a farm, brewing beer using ingredients from the garden, and living off the grid? It may seem like a idyllic dream, but it’s exactly what David Anderson and Pam Dixon cultivated over the past five years at Dave’s BrewFarm, the 7 bbl farmhouse brewery located in Wilson, Wisconsin. The idea for [...]

Wet, Hot American Festival: Highs and Lows of the 2014 GABF

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The Great American Beer Festival is an overwhelming experience: a cavernous hall in a convention center in downtown Denver packed with 50,000 people and 3,500 beers to be sampled one ounce at a time. It is as all-encompassing as the name suggests; an annual survey of beer in the United States, with MillerCoors and Sam [...]

Lift Bridge Expanding, Nearly Doubling Its Brewing Capacity

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Apparently Lift Bridge has been working on a relatively hush-hush expansion project since last winter. As the ambitious initiative to nearly double the brewery’s in-house production capacity approaches completion, the cat finally got out of the bag earlier this week. And the details are pretty impressive.   More beer = Bigger footprint Where to start? [...]

Garret Oliver hits back at David Chang’s love affair with shitty beer

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If you’ve been paying attention to any beer-related Twitter feeds the past 24 hours, you’ve probably seen chef David Chang’s controversial GQ opinion piece berating “beer snobs” and the craft beer they hold so dear. Garret Oliver, Brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Oxford Companion to Beer, certainly took note. For those of [...]

Darkness Day Cometh

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October nights are growing longer, cold winds are blowing, and restless spirits are rising… That is, the spirits of Surly Nation awaiting the most anticipated event of the brewery’s year—Darkness Day. The annual release party for the highly regarded and coveted Russian imperial stout has grown from a small gathering of beer drinkers to a [...]

The Mill: Walktoberfest, Food Trucks, Shipwrecked Beer, and Fresh Hops

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The Mill is ready for a full weekend of new taprooms, more Oktoberfests, fresh hops, and sunshine. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday through Sunday it’s Walktoberfest at the Walker Art Center. Enjoy local crafts, sausages from Butcher & The Boar, and live music in the Walker’s very [...]

Arts MN: The Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl is This Weekend

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In the 1970s, Lowertown St. Paul was turning into a ghost town. Empty warehouses abandoned by businesses going under or fleeing downtown Saint Paul fell into disrepair. The affordable rent of Lowertown warehouses attracted artists and soon the area had become the de facto center of the St. Paul arts scene. In 1977, the loose drift [...]

The Mill: Art Crawl, Fall Fetes, BrewDogs and more

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The Mill is getting breezy. We’re weathering the gusts and sneaking in some long bike rides. We’re playing Kubb before the snow blankets our fields (have you found Issue 16 yet? If not #snagamag now!). What’s on tap for you this week in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: First two dozen pints come with [...]

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 [...]

Minnesota scores Gold, Silver, and Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival 2014

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Brewers and representatives from more than 700 breweries from across the nation traveled to Denver this past weekend to participate in the largest U.S. beer competition and public festival—the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Over 200 beer experts from ten countries tasted 5,507 commercial entries rating them across 145 different beer styles. Amidst this astounding [...]

The Mill: Boarfest, a Beer Pipeline, and more

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The Mill is gaining momentum into the fourth quarter. The Great American Beer Fest is back in Denver this weekend, new breweries and taprooms are opening at a record pace, and fresh hops and Oktoberfests are filling our weekends. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday, October 2nd, stop [...]

Explore Minnesota: Take a Fall Brewcation

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By Grant Erler, Explore Minnesota Fall is a favored season in Minnesota for its brilliant colors, cooler temps and less crowded roads, trails and waterways. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, golf and the many seasonal festivals. Now with the phenomenal growth and interest in craft beer, fall is a [...]

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 [...]

Wine Wednesday: The Best White Grape for Fall, and a Solo Vino Tasting

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I was chatting on WCCO with John Hines yesterday, and it got me thinking about all things autumn. We’ll be toting heavy porters and fresh hops to our harvest tables, but what wines are best suited to fall drinking? In our discussion of comfort foods, my thoughts began to wander back to Foreign Legion and [...]

Homegrown Humor: The Hilarious and Melodious World of Wits

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There is nothing really quite like this radio show. Wits is part comedy radio, part variety show, and each installment provides new surprises. Since 2010, the Minnesota Public Radio show has been one of the most unique, entertaining and diverse shows on radio, hosting some of the very best comedians, actors, and musicians from all over [...]