The West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine

How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same […]

Schram to release IPA fermented in concrete tank

As craft beer continues its unprecedented growth, “firsts” are becoming increasingly hard to come by. This Friday, however, Waconia’s Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery will become the first modern brewery in Minnesota to release a beer aged in a concrete fermenter. A few years ago, Aaron Schram was on a trip to California and visited a […]

Get your bocce on at Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery is bringing bocce back to its yard this summer, and sign-ups are now open for interested teams. This is Schram’s fourth bocce season, and due to growing popularity, they have expanded game times and days to be able to accommodate more teams. Last year’s teams have already begun to sign up, […]

From Vine To Wine at Schram Vineyards

It’s grape harvesting time in the upper Midwest. Vines of marquette, frontenac, and other cold climate  grape varieties are hitting target sugar levels and their fruit is being hauled into wineries by the truckload. The Growler wanted to get up close and personal with the wine harvest this year. Aaron Schram (above) of Schram Vineyards invited the crew […]

Bashes, bacon, and beer: Weekend highlights Sept. 12–13

Summer’s over, huh? Apparently this weekend didn’t get the memo. This Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12–13, are more packed with beer, food, and culture events than your Facebook feed is with back-to-school photos. See below for a rundown of some of our favorites. Saturday, September 12 Lift Bridge Pickin’ and Grinnin’ & 7th Anniversary Party | […]

Straight from the Source: Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Behind the shopping center and suburban sub-development in Waconia, Minnesota, Airport Road changes from asphalt to gravel and offers a reminder of how steeped in agriculture Carver County was even a generation ago. Amidst the farmland is a patch of land on the north shore of Reitz Lake. The southern-facing slope is ideal for growing […]

Now Open: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery

Now Open (or Damn Close) profiles Waconia’s next big thing: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery. Commuting out of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul on a weeknight is a grueling odyssey of weaving through construction bottlenecks, lane closures, accidents, and full-on gridlock. But as you get further away from downtown towards Waconia, the traffic eases—as does […]