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Enter to Win Tickets to On Tap @ Mystic Craft Beer Festival

On Tap @ Mystic Logo

The Growler is a proud sponsor of On Tap @ Mystic, a brand new craft beer festival happening on August 9th from 2–6pm at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Party outside all afternoon with live music, food trucks, and craft beers from 30 local, regional, and national brewers! Admission includes a t-­shirt, coupon book, beer samples, […]

ON THE ROAD: 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 4 Days [with daily updates]

Mike Munson

From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson will traverse the Mississippi River Valley and then follow Highway 61 up the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different breweries and taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders will explore the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for […]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Summit Owner Mark Stutrud recipe planning with Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo, owners of Bang Brewing Co. // Photo by Chip Walton, Summit Brewing Co.

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and […]

Duluth Experience’s last Craft Beer Roundtable focuses on Women in Beer

Duluth Experience Craft-Beer-Roundtable

Since beer’s inception around 800 BCE, women were brewing. In fact until beer’s commercialization, brewing was rarely practiced by men. “Men took over the brewing process when it went commercial and there was money to be made,” explained Professor Jeffrey Pilcher in The Growler‘s Coming Full Circe: Women in Beer by Ryan Tuenge. When beer brewing left […]

PRESS RELEASE: New Belgium and 3 Floyds Unearth an Old Polish Craft to Create Grätzer


This smoky collaboration is the latest offering in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series Ft. Collins, Colo., – June 17, 2014 – 3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Ind. with a big reputation, and New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., have partnered to create Grätzer. This bold-flavored ale brings back to life the […]

GermanFest 2014 VIP Ticket Giveaway


The first-ever GermanFest will be held in St. Paul at the Historic Schmidt Brewery on West 7th Street on Saturday, June 21 from 10am–10pm and Sunday, June 22 from 10am–7pm. Celebrate German culture with authentic food, quality beers and traditional Music. Enter below for your chance to win four (4) tickets to Friday, June 20 VIP […]

Press Release: Mayor Hodges Declares June 12, 2014 “612Brew Day” in City of Minneapolis


Come and enjoy a pint with us on June 12. Or, as we and the City of Minneapolis like to call it, SIX ONE TWO BREW DAY! MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 9, 2014 – We all look forward to our birthday or anniversary or special holidays. They are earmarked in our planners, circled on our calendars and […]

Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha American ‘Emperial’ Stout


Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha American ‘Emperial’ Stout ABV: 9.3% IBU: 57 Well of course we should highlight our next-door neighbor’s beer. Dark Fatha pours a clear dark brown—almost black with a rich tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate, some coffee bitterness, toasty notes, and biscuity goodness. There’s a good amount of carbonation and the finish is dry. […]

Mankato Brewery Haymaker American IPA


Mankato Brewery Haymaker American IPA ABV: 6.5% IBU: 92 This American IPA pours a nice amber color with a slight bubbly head. Aromas of little pine trees growing in an earthy forest, subtle hops and a little caramel sweetness. The taste is quite similar to the aroma—piney, citrusy, a little bitter, and good biscuit maltiness. Nice […]

Boom Island Silvius Belgian Pale Ale


Boom Island Silvius Belgian Pale Ale ABV: 5.5% This Belgian pale ale pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Mmmm, summer—this beer was made to be consumed a lot on a gorgeous sunny summer day. The aroma is fresh baked biscuit dipped in sweet, citrusy marmalade with little hints of toffee. Tastes […]

Big Wood Brewery Morning Wood Coffee Stout

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Big Wood Brewery Morning Wood Coffee Stout ABV: 5.5% IBU: 35 This award-winning coffee stout is a true eye opener. Pours a dark rich chocolate coffee brown with a creamy head. Strong aromas of fresh roasted coffee beans and malt. Drinks like a good cup o’ joe—full, rich, and flavorful until the last drop, leaving […]

Brouwerij Martens NV Martens Witte


Brouwerij Martens NV Martens Witte ABV: 4.8% Martens Witte pours out a hazy yellowish color. It has a decent sized and frothy-textured head that sticks around a while. The carbonation is fairly light. Both the aroma and flavor are dominated by the addition of coriander and orange peels. It is slightly sweet and there is […]

Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock

Hubertus Bock

Hacker-Pschorr Hubertus Bock ABV: 6.8% We had the great honor of hosting brewmaster Dr. Martin Zuber during our grand opening. He sampled many beers, but the biggest crowd pleaser was Hubertus Bock. This golden yellow beer had a nice frothy head that seems you could bounce around on. Aromas of sweet malt, a little bit […]

Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale


Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale ABV: 4.5% IBUs: 20 Loose Leaf pours out a fairly light straw color with a thin white head. The aroma is bright and piney with a bit of funkiness. It is very light bodied and crisp. The flavor is a little herbal and somewhat lemony. Don’t let the IBU’s fool […]

BOMBrewery Triporteur From Heaven


BOMBrewery Triporteur From Heaven ABV: 6.2% IBUs: 35 Triporteur From Heaven (brewed at Brouwerij Anders) is made by the first brewery in Belgium to bake its own malt to infuse spice flavors including coriander and sea salt into the base ingredients. It pours a bright golden color and has a large, fluffy white head with large […]