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Trailblazers 2016: Dave Hoops of Hoops Brewing

There are many reasons we consider master brewer Dave Hoops a Trailblazer in the world of beer here in Minnesota. His resume runs deep: educated at Siebel Institute of Technology; 16-plus years leading the brew crew at the iconic Fitger’s Brewhouse; founding member the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild; and regular beer judge at the annual … [ Read more]

Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops

My Trip to North Carolina, A State That Gets It By Dave Hoops My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. I admit I love North Carolina. It’s awesome: with its incredible natural beauty, great people, amazing beaches, not to mention the localism-bordering-on-fanaticism regarding craft beer. My sister-in-law Mary lives … [ Read more]

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Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops

by Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse The Growler is pleased to introduce a new column by Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse. Each issue, Dave will share his thoughts of a brewer. This edition includes Dave’s highlights from his trip to the Great American Beer Festival. For those of you unaware of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hoops Brewing

It’s been over one-and-a-half years in the works, and is the culmination of a highly-successful career in the craft beer industry, but master brewer Dave Hoops is set to open the eponymous Hoops Brewing brewery and beer hall, in Duluth’s Canal Park, in late June. It’s the first foray into brewery ownership for Hoops, a six-time Great … [ Read more]

Hoops Brewing to open in Duluth in 2017

Master Brewer Dave Hoops, formerly of Fitger’s Brewhouse, is opening a brewery and beer hall in Duluth’s Canal Park in spring of 2017. The project, a culmination of years of experience and planning, will be called Hoops Brewing, and will occupy the former Timber Lodge Steakhouse space in The Suites Hotel building at 325 Lake … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Scotch, bourbon, and brandy barrel-aged beers lead the way

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly … [ Read more]

Remembering Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren

On October 6, Minnesota’s beer scene lost a legend. Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren, a decades-long veteran of the local beer industry who worked for Capitol Beverage and Original Gravity, died unexpectedly at the age of 52. Hanszee built countless friendships throughout his years of selling beer in Twin Cities and beyond. A mentor to many, a … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Earth Rider Brewing

When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider Brewing this fall, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966. Given its unique name, location, and the assemblage of elite local brewing talent under its roof, Earth Rider is a concept that couldn’t … [ Read more]

How to drink in the woods: Pro tips to elevate your beverage experience in the backcountry

We’re approaching that glorious time of year when we shed what’s left of our winter layers and head north in search of fresh air and open spaces. What’s an adventure trip without some delicious drinks to enjoy after those long, summer days? We talked to some Duluth-based experts who shared their recommendations on the best … [ Read more]

The 10 Best Minnesota Camping Beers

Editor’s note: A version of this story originally appeared in the Star Tribune’s “THE BIG LIST: CAMPING” on March 31, 2017. The key to any successful camping trip is preparation. You should understand what you’re in for and equip yourself accordingly. Tent? Obviously. Sleeping bag? Check. Knife? Sharp AF. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ … [ Read more]

Fitger’s co-founder announces plans to open new brewery in Superior, Wis.

Tim Nelson, one of the co-founders of Fitger’s Brewhouse and brewery consulting firm Bev-Craft, announced plans today to open Earth Rider Brewing Company in Superior, Wisconsin. The brewery will be located near the High Bridge at 1617 N. 3rd Street (the former home of Leamon Mercantile Co.), with plans to service the Twin Ports, and the … [ Read more]

Now Open: Moose Lake Brewing Company

Paul Christensen and Shawn Wigg met like many people do in the brewing industry—through mutual friends who also loved beer. At the time in 2014, craft breweries were exploding in the Twin Cities, but Wigg and Christensen noticed craft beer hadn’t reached their part of the state. Soon, they started homebrewing in their garages and … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

The State of Sours: An update on Minnesota’s funkiest beers

Minnesota brewers are becoming fixated on mixed-fermentation [Editor’s Note: This post will continue to be updated with more news on sours made by Minnesota’s breweries] A whole new segment of Minnesota beer has turned sour. Or maybe not sour—that makes it sound like a mistake. These beers are intentionally tart and astringent, funky and wild. “Sour beer” is … [ Read more]

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Bev-Craft aims to help startup breweries hit the ground running

Tim Nelson’s finger has been on the pulse of the craft beer scene on the North Shore since he co-founded Fitger’s Brewhouse back in 1995. In the 20 years that followed, he seized opportunities to bring craft beer to more people through opening other bars and restaurants. Even now, after selling his stake in those … [ Read more]