Castle Danger Brewery planning large-scale expansion






Spring is right around the corner, and Castle Danger Brewery is springing into action with plans for a new packaging facility adjacent to their existing Two Harbors brewery. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the expansion will double Castle Danger’s production capacity within the coming years. The new facility will house the brewery’s brite tanks, […]

Star Keller Brewing Company will open to the public in March






Almost four years ago I made the trek down to August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota, for the launch of their Goosetown Gose. We sampled the new beer, then enjoyed a few more samples in the tasting room before Jace Marti, the sixth generation brewmaster at Schell’s, offered a special tour of the state’s […]

Brewery offers “paw-ternity” leave to employees with new dogs






Being a new puppy parent can be ruff, as you try to juggle work while buying food, training the pooch, taking time for walks, and a lot of other doggie duties. And that’s why BrewDog—a Scottish brewery with a Columbus, Ohio, location scheduled to open later this year—now offers a full week of paid leave for […]

32 craft breweries urge Senate to vote against Pruitt nomination to lead EPA






On Wednesday, 32 breweries sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking members to vote against Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The breweries are all part of the National Resource Defense Council’s Brewers for Clean Water campaign. Water is the primary ingredient in beer, and the NRDC’s campaign seeks to maintain […]

Bill introduced to effectively expand growler sales to all Minnesota breweries






Bring in a growler to Third Street Brewhouse’s taproom for a refill, and you’ll come away empty-bottled. In August 2016, the Cold Spring, Minnesota–based brewery ceased filling growlers after it crossed the annual production limit of 20,000 barrels imposed by state law. They joined a growing list of breweries that cannot sell growlers at their locations, including Summit Brewing, August Schell […]

Boozy cold press coffee to hit shelves this May






The market is chock full of coffee beers, coffee liqueurs, coffee-flavored energy drinks, caffeinated mixed drinks, and even a beer/coffee hybrid, but Bad Larry’s Cold Hard Coffee, due out in May, is something new altogether. Clocking in at 6% ABV with a 180mg dose of caffeine (the average cup of coffee carries about 100mg), Bad Larry’s […]

Bell’s Brewery names Laura Bell as CEO






When Laura Bell was just two months old, her father founded Bell’s Brewery. And now, over 30 years later, she has been named CEO of the Comstock, Michigan–based company. Growing up she helped around the brewery doing odd jobs and worked Eccentric Café’s kitchen during high school. Laura officially started working at the brewery full-time in […]

The Growler Giveaway – Win a Kegerator from Beer Meister and The Growler






Sign up for The Draft Line, The Growler’s weekly email newsletter, by February 27, 2017, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a Single Tower Value-Line Kegerator (model BM101), courtesy of Beer Meister, 3795 Pinto Dr, Medina, MN 55447. For nearly 50 years, Beer Meister has provided exceptional home brewing, winemaking, and dispensing products. This prize has […]

Surly offers MN United defender Justin Davis one-case per game contract






Paging all Twin Cities breweries…@DouginDavis is looking to sellout ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/QDyhXzlGf9 — Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) January 28, 2017 In a video tweeted by Minnesota United FC last week, defender Justin Davis proclaimed his readiness to “sell out” to a local brewery willing to sponsor his potentially fine-inducing post-game celebration—a “Lambeau Leap” that ends with […]

The Smithsonian hires first craft beer historian






America has a rich history—and that includes beer and brewing. And to take a look through the (pint) glass, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently appointed Theresa McCulla as the “Smithsonian’s first beer scholar.” McCulla will oversee its American Brewing History Initiative, which is a three-year project to “collect, document, and preserve the history […]

Insight Brewing releases first sour, buys-in on solar






A trio of new developments from Insight Brewing: 1) They’ve released their first-ever sour beer, Funken City, a dry, barrel-aged saison. It features some mild Brett funk in a svelte and grapefruit-pithy body, with a twinge of acid near the finish. Funken City will be in stores next week, with a mere 35 kegs floating out to select […]

New Belgium adds four states to complete nationwide distribution






By the end of April, New Belgium beer will be available in all 50 states. The Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery announced today they’re expanding distribution into Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Oklahoma. After opening a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2016, New Belgium now has the brewing capacity to lock in the national footprint. Oklahoma […]

Sierra Nevada recalling beer in 36 states






On Sunday, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company issued a voluntary recall of eight of its beers in 36 states due to a packaging flaw that could cause a small piece of glass to break off the bottles and fall into the beer. The recall includes beer packaged at Sierra Nevada’s  Mills River, North Carolina, brewery. “While we […]

Fair State planning ‘Big Bottle Drop’ of sours for Jan. 28






Fair State Brewing Cooperative is planning a “Big Bottle Drop”on January 28 of two new mixed culture sours and a re-release of one fan favorite. One of the new releases is U-Pick, a 5.5% ABV barrel-fermented sour beer made with 280 pounds of raspberries picked by Fair State’s member-owners, workers, and friends in August 2016. […]

Bent Paddle releases first beer in Valve Jockey Brewer’s Series






Head brewers aren’t the only ones crafting beers these days. More and more Minnesota breweries are giving members of their brewing staffs the chance to flex their creative muscles and create their own beers—Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Company is the latest to join trend. Earlier this January, Bent Paddle announced the launch of the Valve Jockey Brewer’s Series. […]