Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list

The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary […]

Schell’s is on a mission to use more local barley

August Schell Brewing Company will release a new helles in early April made entirely from locally grown barley. It’s the result of an encounter between brewmaster Jace Marti and two University of Minnesota researchers about three years ago. “By chance, one of the lead researchers of the University of Minnesota [Dr. Jochum J. Wiersma, a […]

First Look: Schell’s new Star Keller Brewing Company

For the past few years, August Schell Brewing Company’s Noble Star series has helped put mixed-culture beers on the map in Minnesota and beyond. The Berliner weiss-style beers are aged in restored cypress fermentation tanks Schell’s purchased in 1936 and many are aged with fruit, including the newest beer in the series, Harmony of Spheres, which was aged on […]

8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded

The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any […]

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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 […]

What We’re Drinking: February 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Lion Bridge Brewing The Disaster at Meux, John Garland, Senior Editor As an alumnus of the University of Iowa, I find myself driving along Interstate 380 […]

Half Acre Beer Company announces early 2017 entry into Wisconsin

Chicago’s growing Half Acre Beer Company is entering the Wisconsin market, hitting 32 of the state’s 72 total counties in early 2017. Half Acre’s four year-round beers and varied seasonals will be available mostly along the eastern and southern portions of the state and hitting cities including Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. The range spreads […]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer […]

Fair trial: Our favorite new State Fair libations

Drinking at the Minnesota State Fair is all about balance. You don’t want anything too thick or heavy, nor anything too dry. You’re looking for something crisp and tart, light and refreshing. Something to pep you up. Something to help you slink amidst 100,000 of your closest statesmen. Something to help wash away whatever cheese and […]

Two Minnesota breweries take home medals from 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Breweries from Maui to Munich submitted nearly 5,000 beers representing over 90 styles for the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship, an annual competition open to breweries from around the world. Judges from the U.S., England, and Canada conducted the final round of judging at the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub in Oxford, Ohio. Two Minnesota breweries took […]

What We’re Drinking: Early June edition

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. After a rainy start, Memorial Day weekend ended with a warm, sunny beer-drinking kind of day—and The Growler team took […]

A letter from Beer Camp: Jace Marti of Schell’s on leading Midwest collab brew

For participating breweries, Beer Camp may not be a week of s’mores and campfires, but the memories made—and lessons learned—will last well beyond their days spent brewing at Sierra Nevada. This year’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixes up the format from previous years. Before, 12 beers from 12 different brewers were featured. This year, Beer […]

Schell’s completes purchase of Grain Belt sign; will release Lock & Dam Lager in April

August Schell Brewing Company announced this morning they’ve completed the purchase of the historic Grain Belt sign on Nicollet Island. Plans call to add the sign to the National Register of Historic Places and have it fully restored and relit by the summer of 2017 (the sign was last lit in 1975.) Schell’s is partnering […]

Minnesota breweries take home hardware from 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Two Minnesota breweries took home awards at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held recently in Oxford, Ohio, at which nearly 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles went up against one another in blind taste tests scored by judges from the U.S., Canada, and England. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing Company won (another) gold medal […]

In Cahoots! Returns for Year Two

10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in […]