The West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine

How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same […]

Brewer Profile: Brennan Greene of Birch’s on the Lake

It’s the first beautiful day of spring in Minnesota—a cloudless, 70-degree afternoon in early May on Long Lake. The only thing separating today from those perfect summer days that pass by too quickly in July is the slight chill of the breeze. The patio tables at Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub are dotted […]

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What We’re Drinking: Early April 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. Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch’s On The Lake – John Garland, Senior Editor  I’m pretty sure that half of my high […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): September 2015

Spotlighting four Minnesota breweries getting close to opening their doors 10K Brewing Brother and sister Jesse and Ashley Hauf are about to open the first brewery in Anoka, Minnesota, but the siblings aren’t the only ones contributing to the family affair that is 10K Brewing. [Read more…] OMNI Brewing Company “Omni” means “all” or “of […]

Now Open: Birch’s on the Lake

There is no dining experience more Midwestern than a supperclub—except perhaps a supperclub with a brewery. This September, Birch’s Restaurant of Long Lake, Minnesota, will reopen in a new lakeside location as Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub. Moving from its former, smaller downtown location to the 12,000-square-foot space allowed Birch’s founder Burt Joseph […]