The Mash-Up: Peanut butter beers, Scotch ales, and more for April 24 – 30

With so many breweries, both local and national, 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 listing of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ Read more]

First Look: 56 Brewing’s new taproom and brewery to open May 5

Photos by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Just blocks away from their original California Street production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis, 56 Brewing is putting the finishing touches on their new 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom before their May 5 grand opening celebration. The new facility is a major upgrade for the Community Supported Brewery, which operated a five-barrel brewing … [ Read more]

New brewpub, Union 32 Craft House, coming to Eagan this summer

Four dads, who met at their children’s school, are partnering to open a new brewpub in Eagan this June. Union 32 Craft House is taking over the former BlueStone Steak & Seafood restaurant building, located at Highway 55 and Dodd Road. “Union 32 is a play off of Minnesota being the 32rd state to join the Union,” says co-founder Dan Redpath, … [ Read more]

Founders Brewing to open second taproom in Detroit

For 20 years, Founders Brewing Company has been rooted in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But now, the brewery plans to extend beyond its roots by opening a second taproom in the Motor City. The new 14,000-square-foot facility will feature a fully operational brewery and taproom located in the lower Cass Corridor neighborhood in Midtown Detroit, just north of … [ Read more]

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. paddles into western Wisconsin

Bent Paddle Brewing‘s beer is eastward bound, as the brewery’s distribution footprint extends further into Wisconsin. The Duluth brewery has partnered with not one, but two distributions—Dean Distributing of Green Bay, Wisconsin, as well as Beechwood Sales & Service out of New Berlin. The new territory includes the northeastern counties of Ashland, Iron, Oneida, Vilas, Forest, … [ Read more]

Hops and pot: The definitive guide to how they’re related

Hops are a resinous, green flower, and from what Snoop Dogg taught me, so too is that sticky icky icky. But the similarities between hops and weed go well beyond how they look and feel. Not only did scientists confirm in 2012 that the two plants are genetically related, belonging to Cannabinaceae family, now further research is helping us understand … [ Read more]

Surly Brewing’s Rising North Pale Ale the official beer of Minnesota United FC

So long United Crushers. Hello Rising North. The beer brewed by Surly Brewing to kick off Minnesota United FC‘s inaugural MLS season was revamped as Rising North Pale Ale and named the official beer of the soccer team on Wednesday, April 19. United Crushers Pale Ale debuted at the first pre-match party at Surly Brewing and was made available at … [ Read more]

Back Channel Brewing Collective will be making waves this summer in Spring Park

Back Channel Brewing Collective, a new brewery located in Spring Park on Lake Minnetonka, announced their plans today to open in summer 2017. The former Family & Cosmetic Gentle Dentistry building is being transformed into the new lakeside brewery destination. According to a press release, the brewery will be the first on the upper lake and … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Tanzenwald Brewing

While the owners and staff at Tanzenwald Brewing Company met through serendipitous paths, for the past five years every step to opening their brewery has been the result of methodical planning. Fate nearly brought Jenaveve Bell Pittman and Steve Pittman together at several points in their lives. Both are natives of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): HeadFlyer Brewing

Owning a brewery feels natural to Amy and Neil Miller, majority owners at the latest Northeast Minneapolis brewery, HeadFlyer. Amy grew up in an entrepreneurial family and was inspired by the connections small businesses can make with their local communities. As Amy and Neil began dating and later got married, she continued to dream of … [ Read more]

Lakes & Legends pouring All Are Welcome Beer for ACLU tonight

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company is holding a special release party this evening, April 6th from 6-10pm, for their All Are Welcome Beer. 100% of tips and 25% of profits from the beer will benefit the ACLU. It’s a collaboration with All Are Welcome Here, the creative collective promoting diversity and inclusivity in Minnesota and … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s only existing pre-Civil War lager house renamed Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

What’s in a name? A lot, especially when a pre-Civil War limestone lager house, formerly known as the Stone Saloon, will get a new life this fall as Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery. Owner Tom Schroeder initially the named up-and-coming business Stone Saloon, but renamed it Waldmann Brewery after discovering an artifact that pointed to Anthony … [ Read more]

Mighty Axe Hops releases second edition of Minnesota Hops Grower’s Guide

Does spring have you dreaming of growing hops? Those lupulin-filled daydreams may be more attainable than you might think. Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota’s largest commercial hop grower, has made the second edition of their Minnesota Hops Grower’s Guide available to download for free. In April 2015, Mighty Axe released their first edition, which included recommendations for those interested … [ Read more]

How a gas tax for aircraft set the stage for the craft beer revolution

If you have ever stopped to read the tax disclaimer stickers on a gas station pump, you’d know that a sizeable percentage of the price you pay for gas—$0.28 per gallon in Minnesota—goes towards covering something called “excise taxes.” If you are wondering what gasoline and excise taxes have to do with the enjoyment of … [ Read more]

Founders KBS hitting shelves & taps this week

One of the most sought-after barrel-aged beers in the world is hitting store shelves and draft lines this week. Founders KBS is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in oak bourbon barrels in caves that were at one time gypsum mines beneath Grand Rapids, Michigan. The beer was the first Founders ever … [ Read more]