Brewer profile: Kristen England of Bent Brewstillery

Located in a nondescript Roseville warehouse that’s more cinder-block drab than exposed-brick chic, Bent Brewstillery plays by its own rules. The brewery–distillery blends bare-bones warehouse vibes with shiny chrome and dark wood details, calling to mind California taprooms that care more about their product than they do ambiance. The place’s vibe is unassuming yet meticulous, […]

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Potato peels to Irish moonshine—Anchor Fish & Chips and Bent Brewstillery team up

Quick, name three things you can make out of a potato. Unless you live in Ireland and have a penchant for high-octane booze, your list probably didn’t include poitín, but Bent Brewstillery and The Anchor Fish & Chips are out to change that. “I’m a big fan of collaborations with people outside of the industry […]

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 […]

How Local Artists Create Craft Beer’s Identity One Label at a Time

Craft beer is typically lauded mostly for what’s inside the can. But for many drinkers—especially those new to craft—love at first glance starts with the label. That’s where label artists come into play. Creative, artful labels are key to getting beer into buyers’ hands and making one brewery stand out over another on store shelves. […]

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Can Do: Lagersmith Business Booming With Addition of Canning Line

Photos by Aaron Davidson Lagersmith founder Nate Smith is finally realizing everything his company can be. In two years of mobile bottling, Smith never had enough business to reach full-time status. Since adding a canning line last December, however, his business is booming and he’s hiring additional employees to keep up with demand. Each day, Smith […]

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA 4.7% ABV, 47 IBU Moar is mysteriously labeled as “Historical India Pale Ale.” What does that mean? In this case, a Scottish-style, medium-bodied, session pale ale that’s a change of pace from other IPAs. Initial flavors of spice and malt lead into bright fruits and a dry, bitter finish. […]

Bent Brewstillery releasing Ol’ Guerrero Barrel Aged Chilean Double Stout

Bent Brewstillery’s El Guerrero Chilean Double Stout is growing “older, wiser” after a restful stint in oak barrels. The newly reborn Ol’ Guerrero Barrel Aged Chilean Double Stout will be released on April 10 in the Bent Brewstillery taproom from 2:30–11pm (no cover). According to the Bent Brewstillery website, the barrel aging process “balances the complexity […]

Bent Brewstillery Celebrates One Year in Business with Release of Cans

It was just over a year ago that Pour Decisions shuttered their taproom and an ominous online statement notified the Minnesota beer community that the Roseville brewery was closing their doors in a merger. Eight months later the chrysalis emerged as Bent Brewstillery, the state’s first brewery/distillery combination. The merger may have taken many by […]

The Mill: Stout Weeks and Mexican Honey

The Mill is fumbling through February. Warmish days and bone cold nights, Valentines on the horizon, and spring sampler 12-packs teasing us with their cruel early timing. What are you drinking in The Mill? Let us know @growlermag. Upcoming Events Dark beer fans rejoice: It’s Stout Week at Stanley’s NE. Drink some Abyss and Oak-Aged […]

Bent Brewstillery Maroon and Bold

Bent Brewstillery Maroon and Bold 9.1% ABV The color is a rich maroon/bronze with a cream-tinted head. A dank, piney, and earthy hop scent turns to a vanilla/marshmallow aroma the longer it sits. It has a smooth and bitter mouthfeel that slowly sucks the moisture from your tongue. Dried apricots are the dominant fruit, while […]

The Mill: Santa Crawl, I AM ST PAUL!, and more

The Mill is ready for a long winter’s nap. Imperial stouts, braised meats, gingersnap cookies—truly the most wonderful time of the year. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Let us know @growlermag. Upcoming Events: TUESDAY 9: Easy & Oskey are mixing up cocktails at the Guthrie this evening from 6–7:30pm. The fete will take […]

The Mill: Commander Release, Green Flash Expands, Stir Crazy and More

The Mill is being whitewashed—how do you like them apples? We’re going to shut our windows and hang on to autumn as long as possible with all the great craft cider this state is making, before trudging out to drink 10% ABV barrel-aged stouts for the next four months. What’s on your radar this week […]

The Mill: Stouts, Trademarks, World Records and More

The Mill is bracing for the cold. We’ve seen the videos of snow in Calgary and hear that same front is headed our way. So, looks like it’s time to hunker down with some great stouts and terrible movies. Upcoming Events: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is hosting Brews And Canoes at Aria tomorrow. […]

The Mill: State Fair, Third Bird and other Big Deals

The Mill is ready to get together. And we’ll bring you complete coverage on Thursday’s coming chaos in St. Paul. In the meantime, tell us who is the best in local beer: submit your nominations for Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal 2014. Yesterday’s News: Bent Brewstillery will re-open their taproom this Thursday, August 21st beginning at 2pm. Check out […]

Bent Brewstillery’s Barrel-Aged Series

Bent Brewstillery is announcing their Barrel-Aged Series. The distillery and brewery out of Roseville, Minnesota, which recently merged with Pour Decisions Brewing is now starting the process of aging their newest batch of barrel-aged beer. Related Post: Bent Brewstillery Merges with Pour Decisions Brewing 620 gallons of Dark Fatha, their American Emperial Stout, is currently aging […]