Now Open: Beaver Island Brewing

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UPDATE: Beaver Island Brewing opened the doors to its taproom on February 21st at 4pm. It seems just a short few months ago that Beaver Island Brewing announced they would soon be opening a new brewery in St. Cloud, Minnesota—because in fact it was just a few months ago. What these days seems an improbable […]

Winterfest 2015 and Beyond: What’s On Tap at the Minnesota Brewers Guild

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From a new executive director to a new format for the perennially popular Winterfest, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild has big plans for 2015. Winterfest, the 14th annual celebration of all things Minnesota beer, has a different look and feel in 2015. The long-running festival returns to Union Depot where last year the Minnesota Craft […]

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Great Lakes Refreshes Their Brand with New Artwork

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The beer times, they are a-changing. Great Lakes Brewing Company has sailed under the same logo since their 1988 inception, but even a brewery founded on consistency and timelessness needs an occasional tweak to best reach an expanding base. With new packaging set for a Memorial Day release, it is the first time their logo […]

ENKI’s Brewery Expansion Has Roots in Minnesota Agriculture

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  ENKI Brewing’s mission to “Make the World a Friendlier Place” has been a successful one thus far. The Victoria, MN, brewery has begun expansion after one and a half years in operation, doubling the square footage in their former creamery building and tripling the production capacity. One thing that sets ENKI apart from other brewery […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): 56 Brewing

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A simple Twitter post from NorthGate Brewing this past summer announcing their plans to expand in a new location was the spark that lit the fire for husband and wife Kale and Kerry Johnson. Kale, a professional engineer and five-year homebrewer, reached out to NorthGate, curious to know what their plans were with the old […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Late Winter 2015

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This edition of Now Open (or Damn Close) features breweries from one end of Minnesota to the other. Voyageur Brewing The Minnesota Northwoods is a place where travelers can satisfy their need for adventure by immersing themselves in wilderness. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior National Forest allow backcountry adventurers the opportunity […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LTS Brewing

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They say ignorance is bliss. Before the craft beer renaissance in the US, beer drinkers happily stocked their refrigerators with light lagers because it was all they knew. But craft breweries popping up every day around the country are exposing beer drinkers to the differences between a flavorful craft beer and light macro-lagers. The revelation […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Voyageur Brewing

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The Minnesota Northwoods is a place where travelers can satisfy their need for adventure by immersing themselves in wilderness. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior National Forest allow backcountry adventurers the opportunity to peer back into the history of French voyageurs, who navigated similar labyrinths of rivers and lakes in the late […]

Spit Take: Budweiser’s Craft-Bashing Ad Was Perfect

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Editor’s Note: John Garland is a contributing editor for The Growler Magazine. The views expressed are his own. It’s only fitting that this disastrous NFL season (Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, concussions, deflate-gate) would end on the most bone-headed play call in Super Bowl history. But craft beer drinkers across America were already enraged, choking on their […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Take 16 Brewing

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Is Luverne big enough for Take 16 Brewing? Its owners sure hope so. In the small farming town of Luverne, Minnesota, a group of friends got together everyday for coffee at a local hangout to talk about life, work, and the community, until in July 2012 the conversation turned to beer. “Why doesn’t Luverne have […]