A Town Hall Meeting with Brewer Mike Hoops


In our latest Brewer Profile, we rap at 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: What’s in [...]

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Bob and Pete DeLange’s Waconia Brewing


When Bob and Pete DeLange open the doors of Waconia Brewing Company this October they, like their brother Kevin, will officially hold the title of “brewery owner.” Perhaps partially spurred by a little sibling rivalry with Kevin, the co-founder of Colorado’s award-winning Dry Dock Brewing, Pete and Bob are bringing brewing back to a town [...]

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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Brewer Profile: Brett Bakko of Rush River Brewing


This issue’s Brewer Profile finds Rush River Brewing Company’s Brett Bakko in motion. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Kristine Erickson Name: Brett Bakko Hometown: Saint Paul, MN Works at: Rush River Brewing Company Turn-Ons: Crutches and scars (my wife just had hip surgery) Turn-Offs: Not using your blinker when turning or changing lanes The Growler: [...]

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Brewer Profile: Indeed Brewing Company’s Josh Bischoff


This issue’s Brewer Profile finds Josh falling into success. By Brian Kaufenberg Photo by Scott Cohen  The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Josh Bischoff: Lots of Indeed, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Summit EPA, Alaskan Smoked Porter, New Belgium Accumulation and La Folie, Bent Paddle (all three flavors), Green Flash Palate Wrecker, New Glarus Serendipity, [...]

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Talking Shop with Melissa Rainville of Fitger’s Brewhouse


This issue’s Brewer Profile finds Melissa Rainville of Fitger’s Brewhouse hard at work.  By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Maxwell McGruder of Dapperman Studios Name: Melissa Rainville Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Works at: Fitger’s Brewhouse Turn-Ons: Integrity, authenticity, and beards with a smattering of grey in them. Turn-Offs: Self-importance, ostentatiousness, folks that don’t use dental floss. The [...]

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A Heart to Heart with Lift Bridge Brewing’s Matt Hall


By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Aaron Davidson Name:  Matt Hall Hometown: Saint Paul Works at: Lift Bridge Turn-Ons: Aloha, and having a beer on the bedroom deck with my wife. Turn-Offs: Those small wooden spoons you get with single serve ice cream cups. The Growler: First off, did Lift Bridge ever get the planter that [...]

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Out on the Water with Ben Storbeck


This issue’s Brewer Profile follows Ben Storbeck of Ely’s Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant. Ely’s Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant is the northernmost brewery in the state of Minnesota and with beer as nice as the scenery, it is certainly worth the trek. Brewing small batches of beer, Head Brewer Ben Storbeck is able to play with [...]

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Ken Thiemann of Borealis Fermentery: A Musical (Beer) Genius

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In this issue of The Growler, we Brewer Profile Ken Thiemann of Borealis Fermentery. By Brian Kaufenberg Name: Ken Thiemann, Brewer/Owner Hometown: Livonia, Michigan Works at: Borealis Fermentery Turn-Ons: Well-played music. Honest, intelligent, nice people. Turn-Offs: Not-well-played music. Unfriendly, dumb people. Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Ken Thiemann: Bell’s Oberon. G: If you [...]

Brewer Profile: Kevin Welch of Boom Island

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A Brewer Profile of Boom Island’s Kevin Welch By Joe Alton Name: Kevin Welch Hometown: Joiner, Arkansas Works at: Boom Island Brewing Company 2207 North 2nd St, Mpls, MN 55411 (612) 227-9635 Turn-ons: Being Multi-lingual; Being Active Turn-offs: Arrogance; Double-standards Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Kevin Welch: Rodenbach Grand Cru and a traditional [...]

Rob Miller of Dangerous Man Brewing Co. Proves He’s Not So Scary

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In this Brewer Profile, The Growler chats with Rob Miller of Dangerous Man Brewing Company. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Aaron Davidson Name: Rob Miller Works at: Dangerous Man Brewing Co. Turn-ons: Citra hops, milk stouts, hip-hop, jam bands, family and friends Turn-offs: Negativity, judgmental people The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Rob [...]

Brewer Profile: Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.

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By Joe Alton Name: Jace Marti Hometown: New Ulm, MN Works At: August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN Turn-Ons: Sour beers Turn-Offs: Beer snobbery Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Jace Marti: Some Chimney Sweep, a few Bocks, half a Lagunitas Sucks 6 pack, and a Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge. And some left over [...]

Mike Lundell of Summit Brewing Company: An “I Do Drink Beer” Type


A Brewer Profile of Summit Brewing Company’s Mike Lundell By Joe Alton Name: Mike Lundell Hometown: Cannon Falls, MN Works at: Summit Brewing Company, Saint Paul, MN Turn-ons: Smiling, mischievous eyes and a sense of adventure Turn-offs: ‘I don’t drink beer’ types and video gamer haters.   Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Mike Lundell: Some various Unchained [...]

Beer Chemistry and History 101 with Gerri at Summit


Gerri Kustelski takes a break from the quality assurance department to teach us about beer. by Becky Lang Gerri Kustelski a chemist at the Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, where she heads up quality assurance for their analytical lab. Photo by Carey Matthews. More than 50 years ago, Gerri Kustelski found the beer industry [...]