Brewer Profile: Insight Brewing’s Ilan Klages-Mundt






Most recent college graduates wouldn’t have turned down a job in 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession. Especially not when that job was in the graduate’s field of study. And definitely not when that field of study was music performance and teaching. But that’s precisely what Ilan Klages-Mundt did after graduating from Lawrence […]

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Brewer Profile: Castle Danger Brewing’s Clint MacFarlane






It’s a warm Tuesday in December and the drive on Highway 61 from Duluth to Two Harbors is a quick one. In the half-hour it takes to arrive, the weather changes dramatically—the kind of rapid shift for which Lake Superior is notorious. Today, however, instead of going from beautiful to blustery, the long gray blanket […]

Brewer Profile: Matt Schwandt of Bauhaus Brew Labs






Technically, it’s a quiet week at Bauhaus Brew Labs. New equipment is being installed, which means no beer is being brewed. But there are still new food trucks to vet, floors to scrub, and promo videos to film. A forklift beeps loudly as it inches forward, then back, then forward again. Bright yellow pallets of […]

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Brewer Profile: Deb Loch of Urban Growler Brewing






It’s 9am on a drizzly late August day. At Urban Growler Brewing Company in St. Paul, Deb Loch, head brewer and co-owner, sits at the founder’s table—a round mosaic of woodwork designed to look like the brewery’s logo. Just as she’s getting settled, she suddenly stands up to go check on the coffee situation. None […]

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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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Brewer profile: Kristen England of Bent Brewstillery






Located in a nondescript Roseville warehouse that’s more cinder-block drab than exposed-brick chic, Bent Brewstillery plays by its own rules. The brewery–distillery blends bare-bones warehouse vibes with shiny chrome and dark wood details, calling to mind California taprooms that care more about their product than they do ambiance. The place’s vibe is unassuming yet meticulous, […]

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Brewer Profile: Summit’s Damian McConn






Lass, lad, bugger, bloody. The words pepper Damian McConn’s sentences as frequently as “for sure” and “ya know” flow from the mouths of native Midwesterners. It’s not surprising: Damian grew up in Ireland and lived there until moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, when he was 17. After Scotland came London, and, a few years later, Minnesota. […]

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Brewer Profile: Bent Paddle’s Colin Mullen and Bryon Tonnis






It’s 10am on a Friday and the aroma of brewing coffee is mingling with the sweet, hay-like smell of spent grain. Bryon Tonnis and Colin Mullen, co-founders and co-owners of Bent Paddle Brewing Company, in Duluth, Minnesota, stand by the coffee maker, mugs in hand, ready for a jolt of caffeine to shake off the […]

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Brewer Profile: Dustin Brau of Brau Bros. Brewing Company






Photos by Jim Tate, Southwest Minnesota State University Name: Dustin Brau Hometown: Lucan, Minnesota (population 220) Works at: Brau Brothers Brewing Company Turn-Ons: Beers too unique to fit in a style category Turn-Offs: “I can’t” and “You can’t.” The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Dustin Brau: MooJoos, Sheephead, Urban Growler’s growlers, and stuff from the guys out in Hendricks. G: Favorite beer […]

Allyson Rolph Brews Wisconsin, Lives Minnesota, Wins All Day






Photos by Michelle Sternberg, Sternberg Photography Name: Allyson Rolph Hometown: Charles City, IA (where my family lives), Mankato, MN (where I went to college and “grew up”), and Duluth, MN (where I make my home) Works at: Thirsty Pagan Brewing The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Allyson Rolph: Pickles, tortillas, vegetables, and condiments. […]

Brewer Profile: Niko Tonks of Fair State Brewing Cooperative






Fair State Brewing Cooperative’s head brewer gives us a fair hearing.  Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Niko Tonks Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine Works at: Fair State Brewing Cooperative Turn-Ons: Fermentation. Turn-Offs: Christmas music. Temperatures over 90. Dogma, man. The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Niko Tonks: It’s Christmas [at the time of the interview], […]

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Starting New with Todd Haug of Surly Brewing Company






A lot has changed for Todd Haug and Surly Brewing over the years. Now Haug and Surly are starting new with the Destination Brewery in Minneapolis. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Todd Haug Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Works at: Surly Brewing Co., 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 and 520 Malcolm Ave. […]

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A Town Hall Meeting with Brewer Mike Hoops






In anticipation of Town Hall’s Anniversary Week, we rap with Town Hall Brewery’s Mike Hoops. Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Mike Hoops Hometown: Glencoe, MN Works at: Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 Turn-Ons: Integrity, a daybreak in the woods, and ladies driving motorcycles Turn-Offs: Gutterballs, brewery floors, -20°F The Growler: […]

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Brewer Profile: “Friday Bob” Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Company






This issue’s Brewer Profile uncovers the man behind the beer at Flat Earth Brewing Company. Photos by Kristine Erickson Name: Bob Roepke Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Works at: Flat Earth Brewing Company Turn-Ons: A genuine smile, a conversation over a beer, riding my motorcycle. Turn-Offs: Whiners/complainers, litterers, laziness, oh, and interviews. The Growler: What’s in your […]

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Brewing on the Farm: A Chat with Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company’s Joe Pond






This issue’s Brewer Profile takes a look at a Lakeville brewer with an unusual pedigree. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos courtesy Olvalde Farm and Brewing Name: Joe Pond Hometown: Lakeville, MN Works at: Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company   The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Joe Pond: Homemade mead and applejack, and some two […]

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