Brewer Profile: Keigan Knee of Modist Brewing


Photos by Aaron Davidson The pounding of hammers on sheet metal echoes throughout a cavernous warehouse in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. The place is more or less deserted. A couple guys skateboard across the concrete floor, swiftly crisscrossing the 18,000-square-foot space. A pile of tools fills the corner next to a makeshift kitchen—a microwave balancing […]

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Barley John’s announces Minnesota distribution

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Barley John’s, the acclaimed New Brighton brewpub, has announced plans to distribute beer to on- and off-sale Minnesota establishments in the coming months. Their New Richmond, Wisconsin, brewery is up and running, which is how the until-now-brewpub is allowed to distribute beer in Minnesota. Owner John Moore and head brewer, Bob McKenzie (formerly 3rd Street, […]

A celebration of fermentation at GYST


A California-inspired concept has taken root a block from Eat Street Photos by James Eastman Yeast is a remarkable thing. It’s wild, temperamental, and unpredictable. Under the right circumstances, it creates some of the tastiest edibles on the planet—ones currently being gathered under the same roof in South Minneapolis. Gyst is an Old English word for […]

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The Wide World of Beer with Stephen Beaumont: Drinking in Thoroughly Modern London

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During the latter part of his enormously successful career, the late Michael Jackson, beer writer extraordinaire, employed an assistant named Owen Barstow. Like Michael, Owen was London based and beer fixated, which on one memorable occasion led to he and I enjoying a rollicking discussion about drinking on each of our respective sides of the […]

New Brew: Indeed Let It Roll IPA

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Indeed Brewing is set to release their new autumnal IPA this week. Let It Roll has a hefty dose of rye in the mash and will inhabit the colder months while Let It Ride is hibernating. Let it Roll pours a dark copper hue with intense, lemony citrus on the nose. It’s a medium-to-full-bodied sip […]

2015 International Cold Climate Wine Competition

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The very best in cold climate wine was sipped, spit and judged in St. Paul on Tuesday. The results are in for the 2015 International Cold Climate Wine Competition, and The Growler was there to taste it all. Here’s all you need to know: 2015 Winners and Standouts MN Governor’s Cup (Best MN Wine) and Best […]

First Sip: 11 Wells Dry Wermut


Last week, with the heat index in the 90s, we stopped by the 11 Wells Distillery where it was at least 10 degrees warmer inside. “Yeah, mashing day,” Lee Egbert smiled. “We got some fans, at least.” But then we were handed a glass of 11 Wells’ Dry Wermut—the first liqueur produced by the St. Paul […]

Drink like it’s morning: tea-infused beer gaining popularity

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Move over, coffee stout, there’s a new kind of breakfast brew in town: tea-infused beer. While beer made with tea may not currently line store shelves, Summit Brewing Company’s latest Unchained Series release, Make It So, is another strong example of a growing national trend. An extra special bitter infused with Earl Grey tea, Make […]

New brew: Door County L’Automne Farmhouse Ale

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Back-to-school flyers are stuffing our mailboxes. Leaf-watching trips are being planned. Dew points are dropping. Despite our best efforts to prolong summer, autumn is on its way. The upside: lots of malty, comforting brews will help transition us through the waning warmth. “We wanted to brew something that was fitting for the fall weather without being […]

Better Beer Society University enrolling for fall semester


College. For many, the word is synonymous with crowded parties and cheap kegs. The Better Beer Society University (BBSU), just as its name suggests, is like any other semester of college—except for one, big difference: the beer is a lot better. The BBSU is a 12-week course that offers students the opportunity to learn from local and […]

A bus ride into Minneapolis’ brewing history


Minnesota Historical Society tours offer an in-depth look at the stories behind Minnesota’s beer industry Minneapolis and St. Paul aren’t the oldest cities on the Mississippi River—in fact, they aren’t even the oldest in the Metro. St. Anthony pre-dated Minneapolis before it was absorbed into the larger Mill City. Regardless, at 166 years young there […]

AleSmith Brewing Company launches Minnesota distribution

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Another award-winning national craft brewery has expanded distribution to Minnesota. AleSmith Brewing Company will begin hitting shelves and tap lines in the state “any day now.” Twenty years after launching in a small space in the commercial district of Miramar in San Diego, California, AleSmith CEO—and Minnesota native—Peter Zien is bringing his beer back home. “Minnesota is my home state […]

From Itasca to the Gulf: Fulton and NOLA collaborate on ‘Messipi’

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Ol’ Man River. The Big Muddy. The Gathering of Water. The Joiner of Breweries. The Mississippi River cuts a meandering line down the center of the United States, connecting not only northern Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, but also Minneapolis’ Fulton Brewing with New Orleans’ NOLA Brewing. So it only makes sense that […]

Homebrew recipes and a history lesson for IPA Day


There’s no denying it—hops are king in the American craft beer market. According to the Brewers Association, IPA sales were up 42 percent year-to-date as of mid-June, and between the 2014 harvest and 2015 planting seasons, hop acreage in the Pacific Northwest increased by 16 percent. It’s no surprise then that the style has been given […]

Matt McGinn wants to give you a Blackeye

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Matt McGinn is fighting for tap lines at Minnesota bars and restaurants. It’s not surprising considering the hundreds of craft breweries vying for the same coveted real estate. What is surprising is that his company’s tap handles aren’t dispensing pints of craft beer. Instead, they’re pouring handcrafted cold brew coffee on […]

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