Bad Weather Brewing moving to St. Paul, building brewery on West Seventh Street


The forecast looks bright for Bad Weather Brewing as they finalize plans for their brewery in a 12,000 sq ft warehouse along St. Paul’s West 7th Street. Founders Zac Carpenter and Joe Giambruno recently signed a lease for their future brewery space, a former tire repair shop midway between the Xcel Energy Center and the […]

Minnesota Hops on the Map

Minnesota Hops on the Map

By Adam Overland Minnesota is changing. The change was subtle at first, and many years from now it will be hard to say or remember exactly when it began. But history books love to mark time with dates, and so when the textbook is written about the history of hops in Minnesota, February 22, 2014 […]

Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival: Q&A with co-founder Juno Choi

Northern Lights Chop Liver

The Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival is coming at the end of March, and soon tickets may be as rare as the beer. The Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival is right around the corner — just in time for spring. On March 29th this unique beer festival will features truly rare beers from 30 national breweries and 10 […]

Bigger and Better: Minnesota Breweries Build for the Future


All around the state, Minnesota’s breweries are expanding brewing capacity and putting ambitious distribution plans in place. By Jeremy Zoss Photos by Joe Alton Four months after opening its small North Minneapolis brewery, Boom Island Brewing’s founder Kevin Welch knew that he would need to expand. Welch and his family—who are also his business partners—planned […]

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Now Open: Gun Flint Tavern

Gun Flint Tavern Featured Image

UPDATE: One year after being featured in Now Open (Or Damn Close), the Gun Flint Tavern has cleared all the hurdles to opening their own brewpub. Friday, December 5, the Gun Flint Tavern will be celebrating with the official Grand Opening party at the pub. Stop in for a congratulatory pint and welcome the newest […]

Minnesota Takes Home Some Hardware at The Great American Beer Fest

Great american Beer Fest 2013

The 2013 Great American Beer Fest comes to a close this afternoon. The competition portion of the event wrapped up this afternoon and four Minnesota breweries were awarded medals for various styles in this year’s competition. Stay tuned for The Growler’s Complete Recap of The 2013 GABF. Minnesota’s 2013 Great American Beer Festival Medal Winners: […]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

Lift Bridge Pickin' and Grinnin' / Photo by Jeff Wegge

Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of […]

Craft Beer at the MN State Fair 2013


By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   View The Growler‘s Guide to Craft Beer at the State Fair 2014 The Minnesota State Fair is upon us. And Minnesota beer enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. What a difference six years make. It wasn’t until 2007 that The State Fair “ditch[ed] the long tradition of wimpy 3.2-percent-alcohol beer […]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2013 Tickets on sale now!

BD WC 2013

  Its getting to be that time of year again. Minnesotans are packing the pantries and stocking the cellars for The Great State Hibernation. Rest comfortably, Dabblers. There will be time (and reason) to shake off the cobwebs come January. The Beer Dabbler, this magazine’s parent company, is gearing up to host its Fourth Annual […]

Schell’s Chimney Sweep Debut


On Tuesday, November 14 Mayslack’s Bar in Northeast Minneapolis was host to the release of Schell’s Brewing Company‘s newest beer: Chimney Sweep Black Lager.  Brewmaster Jace Marti explained that the inspiration for the new beer comes from the time he recently spent in Germany, specifically Upper Franconia, as he combines three different styles of lager popular to […]

Minnesota Beer Politics: A Primer


3 hot issues that will be debated in the year ahead By Drew Kerr Omar Ansari has spent his share of time navigating the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol in an attempt to convince lawmakers that breweries should be allowed to share their products directly with the masses. This year, with a battery of […]

Finnegans: Mission BeerPossible


Meet Jacquie Berglund, the entrepreneur whose ability to feed the hungry with beer is … kinda sobering. By Becky Lang You’ve probably been noticing Finnegans beer a lot lately. If you haven’t sampled it at your go-to liquor store, you’ve probably seen their ads looming high on downtown Minneapolis buildings, shooting out catchy lines like, […]

Pork Belly and Great Lakes Elliot Ness at the Bachelor Farmer


Food Meets Beer visits the Bachelor Farmer Written by James Norton Only open since August 2011, The Bachelor Farmer is a culinary wunderkind with a silk-lined pedigree. Founded by Eric and Andrew Dayton, sons of the state’s governor, the North Loop restaurant has been busy since the doors opened. When we arrived to talk beer […]