PRESS RELEASE: Tin Whiskers to Release Lecky Scottish Ale at Taproom

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PRESS RELEASE: 01/29/2015 Tin Whiskers Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of the Lecky Scottish Ale available today, January 29, 2015, exclusively at their taproom. What’s with the name? Lecky is a Scottish slang for electricity, which keeps the consistency of the electrical engineer beer themes but adds a little European flavor to the mix. […]

Brewing Beyond Borders: Barley John’s New Brewery Takes Shape

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With “craft beer” becoming a household phrase, it’s not just start-ups enjoying the increased awareness. Summit recently upgraded their facilities, Surly opened their regarded destination brewery, and Lift Bridge continues to expand. Joining in that club of veterans taking their beers to a new level is Barley John’s—albeit in a different fashion. With capacity maximized […]

Can Do: 612Brew Powers Up Its New Canning Line

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Having just turned two years old, 612Brew is celebrating more than just an anniversary. On Feb. 16 the brewery is rolling out a new lineup of canned beer, extending the brewery’s influence well beyond the walls of their popular taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. “It took us a while to roll out the cans because we spent our […]

5 Minnesota Comedians to Watch in 2015

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The Twin Cities are known for attracting the best stand-up comedy talent in the country. Every week, clubs from all over the area bring in top-notch headliners, who constantly mention Minnesota as one of their favorite places to perform. But most nights, comedy fans leave the club saying things like, “The headliner was good, but […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Bauhaus to debut new winter seasonal Über Düber Bock

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PRESS RELEASE: To kick off the New Year with a bang, Bauhaus Brew Labs announces the release of their second winter seasonal, the strangely awesome Über Düber. Loosely based on traditional German bock beer—but hopped up and super funky—it is a 7% malty, smooth ale with some unconventional oceanic hop additions for an incredibly unique, hoppy experience. […]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival Survival Guide 2015

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The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2015 is fast approaching. We hope to see you there this Saturday (3:30pm to 7:30pm (gates at 3pm)) at the Minnesota State Fairground’s Mighty Midway & the newly added heated Warner Coliseum. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you can still do so here. But you better act quick. This event […]

Dangerous Man Launching Barrel Aging Program, Releasing 4 New Beers

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Photos by Aaron Davidson “There’s something about barrels that is just so romantic,” doted Dangerous Man’s ‘creative director and list maker’ Sarah Bonvallet as she reminisced about the excitement her partner Rob Miller and the rest of the Dangerous Man brewers exuded about the next chapter for one of NE Minneapolis’ favorite breweries. “I feel like [a barrel […]

A U of M Design Class Crafted Tap Handles for Three Minnesota Breweries

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Photos by Warren Bruland If you were at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club on December 16, 2014, you got a firsthand look at an exciting collaboration between some of Minnesota’s best craft brewers and designers. If you weren’t, don’t worry: You can see the fruits of the collaboration at Excelsior Brewing Company and Fair State […]

The Mill: Winter Dabbler, Fat Bikes, Foreign Beer and more…

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The Mill has shaken the holiday hangover and gotten back to work. New beers, new breweries, lots on the docket for 2015. What’s on your radar in the Mill? What are you most looking forward to in beer for 2015? Let us know @growlermag. Winter Dabbler: The 2015 Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival is almost here. One […]

Winterfest Two-day Passes on Sale Now, Single Day Tickets on Sale Friday

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  Two-day ticket packs for Winterfest 2015, the Minnesota Brewers’ Guild’s annual winter celebration on Minnesota beer at St. Paul’s Union Depot, went on sale today at 12 p.m. Each pack is $135, plus a $12 service fee for online transactions, and includes admission for a single individual on both Winterfest days – February 27 and […]

Du Nord Opens Twin Cities’ First Cocktail Room Jan. 9

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While many of the major legal issues for beer fell flat in the 2014 legislative session, Minnesota’s craft distillers celebrated a change to the law allowing micro-distilleries to sell craft cocktails at a distillery “cocktail room,” similar to a brewery taproom. On January 9, 2015, Du Nord Craft Spirits will open the doors to the first licensed cocktail room in the Twin […]

The Year in Beer 2014

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Minnesota has seen significant growth in craft beer over the past 12 months, and all signs point to an equally impressive 2015. [Scroll down for our “Year in Beer” Timeline] By our count Minnesota currently has more than 75 breweries and brewpubs in operation. We now have more breweries in the state than we have […]

Drink This Now! Schell’s Dawn of Aurora

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While the latest beer in Schell’s Noble Star Collection sat aging in a cypress tank, Schell’s Brewery released three beers, announced their plans to expand the sour program by building a brand new brewing facility, and purchased the iconic Grain Belt sign in Minneapolis preserving the legacy of the historic brand brewed in New Ulm. So much was happening […]

First Look of Badger Hill Brewing’s New Brewery

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Before photos by Brian Kaufenberg After photos by Aaron Davidson When we last visited Badger Hill’s new space in Shakopee, Minn., the trees lining the front of the building were just beginning to bud and the grass was shaking off its winter dormancy with a flush of green. The turn of the seasons stood as a perfect parallel for Badger […]

Books & Beers: ‘Inappropriate Behavior: Stories’

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Inappropriate Behavior is a free fall into the depths of debt, violence, and dishonesty with no rock bottom in sight. In one of the short stories from Murray Farish’s debut collection Inappropriate Behavior: Stories, a woman named Ms. Willet wants to get away from her wreck of a husband, Buck, and keep her occasional lover, […]