New craft beer restaurant taking flight at MSP

Craft beer lovers from around the world are about to be treated to some of Minnesota’s finest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Stone Arch, a new Minnesota craft-beer restaurant that will be located in the former Chili’s space in the airport mall, near the entrance to Concourse F, is on pace to open this summer […]

The year ahead: predictions for 2016 Minnesota beer trends

The editorial team at The Growler sat down with Minnesota Business to share our predictions for 2016 beer trends in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. From rural/suburban expansion (we think you’ll see more of it) to collaborations (increased collabs between breweries, distilleries, and wineries), and a renewed focus on local ingredients to a bold prediction for the […]

Now Open: South Fork Brewing Company

Many Minnesotans have never been to Delano; even fewer could place it on a map. But this summer, local beer enthusiasts will get acquainted with the small, 5,500-person town on the South Fork of the Crow River, 40 minutes west of the Twin Cities, as two new breweries will open their doors in the historic […]

Now Open: Big Axe Brewing

Quick, what comes to mind when you hear the words, “Brainerd, Minnesota?” Fishing? Resorts? Golf? If Chris French, owner and head brewer at Big Axe Brewing Company, which is located just north of Brainerd in Nisswa, has anything to say about it, “craft beer” will soon be joining that list. “The area’s really evolving,” said […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lupine Brewing

It’s only fitting that a brewery, whose name relates to wolves, should find a home in the heart of “Big Woods” country in Delano, Minnesota. Lupine Brewing was started by Hanover, Minnesota, resident James Anderle, his childhood neighbor Eric Sergeant, and his current neighbor Mike Dumas. “I spent 25 years in corporate America, in the […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Spilled Grain Brewhouse

On a quiet morning in Annandale, Minnesota, in 1980, eight-year-old Dan Seaberg had no idea that something was about to happen that would lead to the inspiration for the name of a brewery he’d open with three co-owners more than 30 years later. “I was playing outside and I heard this loud crash,” Seaberg said. […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): 56 Brewing

A simple Twitter post from NorthGate Brewing this past summer announcing their plans to expand in a new location was the spark that lit the fire for husband and wife Kale and Kerry Johnson. Kale, a professional engineer and five-year homebrewer, reached out to NorthGate, curious to know what their plans were with the old […]

Now Open: Beaver Island Brewing

UPDATE: Beaver Island Brewing opened the doors to its taproom on February 21st at 4pm. It seems just a short few months ago that Beaver Island Brewing announced they would soon be opening a new brewery in St. Cloud, Minnesota—because in fact it was just a few months ago. What these days seems an improbable […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Late Winter 2015

This edition of Now Open (or Damn Close) features breweries from one end of Minnesota to the other. Voyageur Brewing The Minnesota Northwoods is a place where travelers can satisfy their need for adventure by immersing themselves in wilderness. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior National Forest allow backcountry adventurers the opportunity […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LTS Brewing

They say ignorance is bliss. Before the craft beer renaissance in the US, beer drinkers happily stocked their refrigerators with light lagers because it was all they knew. But craft breweries popping up every day around the country are exposing beer drinkers to the differences between a flavorful craft beer and light macro-lagers. The revelation […]

Bad Weather Brewing Windvane

Bad Weather Brewing Windvane 6% ABV As the seasons transition from one to the next, Bad Weather Brewing is also transitioning from its current home in Minnetonka to the Saintly City. Changes aside, their flagship beer remains consistently balanced and suitable for any time of year and any part of town. The subtle, toasty caramel […]

In The Loop: Red Cow Restaurant and Bar

By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy In just two years, Luke Shimp has grown a simple burger concept into a bona fide powerhouse chain. But how will the newest Red Cow fare in the star-studded North Loop? As the dining identity of the Twin Cities grows ever-more confident, it’s about time we made a […]

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Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex 7.6% ABV The first smell is sweet pineapple, but it’s quickly taken over by earthy, woodsy hops. The color almost matches the can—a cloudy, almost dirty red. A full, thick mouthfeel delivers a kick, and a slight sweetness up the front slowly turns bitter. You continue to feel the bitterness […]

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 […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Voyageur Brewing

The Minnesota Northwoods is a place where travelers can satisfy their need for adventure by immersing themselves in wilderness. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior National Forest allow backcountry adventurers the opportunity to peer back into the history of French voyageurs, who navigated similar labyrinths of rivers and lakes in the late […]