Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to launch food truck

For four years, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub has been bringing people to South Minneapolis for handcrafted beer and well-smoked meats. But with dining space in the 80-person restaurant regularly maxed out, the business has been searching for a way to bring its food (and beer) to more people. Owner Jamie Robinson had been exploring options […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Women have always played a huge part in the creation of beer. In fact, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” says Professor Jeffrey Pilcher in his History of Drink course at the University of Minnesota, “It was a domestic thing and a homemaker’s job.” Women stayed on top of the beer […]

Barley John’s announces Minnesota distribution

Barley John’s, the acclaimed New Brighton brewpub, has announced plans to distribute beer to on- and off-sale Minnesota establishments in the coming months. Their New Richmond, Wisconsin, brewery is up and running, which is how the until-now-brewpub is allowed to distribute beer in Minnesota. Owner John Moore and head brewer, Bob McKenzie (formerly 3rd Street, […]

The Mill: T-Day Beers, Tryptophania, Christmas Markets and more

The Mill is just about set for Thanksgiving. We’re trying out turkey liver mousse recipes (like Tiny Diner’s, above) and we know which three beers we’re bringing on Thursday. Which local suds will grace your holiday tables? Any other T-Day beer events you’re excited about? Let us know what’s on your radar in The Mill by tweeting […]

The Mill: Wheat Week, Breweries for Sale, Fresh Hops and more

The Mill is chilling out. We’ve found the cable knit sweaters in the back of our closets, and we’re strolling down the lane with our pumpkin-spiced coffee like we’re Mr. Autumn Man. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Tweet us @growlermag. Upcoming Events: This week is Wheat Week at Town Hall Brewery. They’re […]

Minnesota’s Brewpubs: Where Fresh Craft Beer Meets its Culinary Match

Where fresh craft beer meets its culinary match By Doug Hoverson  As the United States emerged from Prohibition, lawmakers sought to make sure that the close economic links between brewers and saloons, and the political and moral corruption that sometimes resulted, would not be reproduced in the new era. The three-tier system separated the manufacturer […]

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When Life Gives You a Polar Vortex – Make Eisbock

Even more rare than the weather phenomenon it’s named after – Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub‘s Polar Vortex Eisbock is to be released on Monday, February 10th at 3:00pm (CST). Many believe that this unique style of beer was actually invented by accident in Germany in the 1890’s. According to lore, Reichelbräu Brewery in Kulmbach, Germany left some of […]

Northbound Smokehouse Anniversary Party

When Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub opened in 2012, they did so with the help of funds raised from the sale of 80 Beer for Life Memberships – $1,000 donations to the start up, in exchange for free beer for the life of the individual (or the bar).  To show their thanks on their first anniversary, […]