Now Open: Beaver Island Brewing

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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): 56 Brewing

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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 (or Damn Close): Late Winter 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: […]