The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 26 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Much was learned at The Growler and Northern Brewer’s first blind tasting of a formidable field of 53 Minnesota-made American IPAs. Our first blind tasting earlier this year gave us a snapshot of the state of brewing in Minnesota through the lens of a ubiquitous style. We sampled IPAs that fell short of expectations and […]

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Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn’t stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, all to the sound of the clinking of steins and shouts of “Prost!” Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest […]

Third Street Brewhouse introduces a new Oktoberfest

Even though it’s only August, Third Street Brewhouse is ready for Oktoberfest. The Cold Spring, Minnesota brewery has crafted its latest seasonal beer, Oktoberfest Session Marzen, done in the traditional style of the deep amber, full-bodied Austrian and German märzen. With an ABV at 4.6%, it was about “balancing the maltiness,” according to Karl Schmitz, Third […]

Sierra Nevada collaborates with Mahrs Bräu for 2016 Oktoberfest

Germans know their beer—especially when it comes to the Oktoberfest style. So it made sense last year when Sierra Nevada announced it would collaborate with a different German brewer each year on a special Oktoberfest beer to explore the history and the various interpretations of the style. For 2016, Sierra Nevada is working alongside Mahrs Bräu, a family-owned […]

Your guide to Oktoberfest 2015

When Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese in 1810, he probably had no idea he was starting what would become the world’s biggest annual beer festival. Oktoberfest is a German tradition that has—not surprisingly—established solid roots here in Minnesota. Today, it’s not hard to find […]

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Sierra Nevada releases its own Oktoberfest game

Move over Mario! Sierra Nevada created an interactive game to celebrate the release of its new German-American collaboration Oktoberfest beer. According to Sierra Nevada’s website, the brewery is on a mission to explore the roots of Germany’s festival styles of beer. This year’s Oktoberfest collaboration beer was brewed in partnership with Brauhaus Riegele in Augsburg, Germany, located 30 minutes […]

Homebrew Recipe: Märzenbier

If you’ll indulge me in a bit of autobiography: Oktoberfest (the lager style, not the party) was one of the reasons I started brewing. Its clarity in the glass and the bright purity of its flavor seemed so alchemical to a brewer of 5-gallon batches of ale. The tubby red-cheeked Maß-guzzlers on the label (Paulaner, […]

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The Mill: Boarfest, a Beer Pipeline, and more

The Mill is gaining momentum into the fourth quarter. The Great American Beer Fest is back in Denver this weekend, new breweries and taprooms are opening at a record pace, and fresh hops and Oktoberfests are filling our weekends. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday, October 2nd, stop […]

The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: We’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One […]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2014

It’s just about Oktoberfest time, so break out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for these local events. Any other Oktoberfest events we should add to the list? Tweet us @growlermag. Friday, September 19 The new Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers in Uptown will be tapping a firkin with Lift Bridge at 6pm. $10 gets you a […]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

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 […]

Weekend Events Preview 9/13-9/15

Oktoberfest celebrations, ye olde giant turkey legs and family fun at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, grand opening specials at Hudson’s newest gastropub, and a 5k run make this weekend one to remember. Get out and enjoy the last few days of summer and welcome in the fall in grand fashion. Friday, September 13: Stone Tap […]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2013

Grab your favorite stein, Oktoberfest is upon us! By Joseph Alton Oktoberfest began as a wedding feast for Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The royalty invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the new Princess on the now famous fields Theresienwiese—”Therese’s fields” outside […]

Lift Bridge Brewing Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

The typical gift for the 5th anniversary is wood, but at Lift Bridge’s 5th Anniversary party on September 7 hops might be more appropriate. In conjunction with Hippity Hops Farm, Lift Bridge is celebrating the occasion with this year’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ event. This anniversary is a major milestone for Lift Bridge which began in […]

Autu(mn) Craft Beer Releases from Out-of-State Breweries

Autumn is just around the corner and to celebrate the change in seasons, craft brewers across the country are about to release their Fall-time seasonal beers. We’ve put together a list featuring just a few special beers that Minnesotans will be able to find on tap or at their local liquor stores this Fall, including […]