Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant up for sale in Sauk Rapids

A year and a half after opening its doors, Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant in Sauk Rapids is up for sale. Owner Roy Dodds announced his decision to sell both the business and property Wednesday morning, citing both health issues and difficulties to succeed in a competitive market as his reasons for selling. In a statement … [ Read more]

U of M paving the way toward better barley, stronger hops

It’s not a question of if, but when an invasive species will threaten Minnesota hop crops. That’s not meant to scare local hop growers or breweries that use them. It’s just something University of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer is trying to prevent with his research. Luckily, he and two other U of M professors have … [ Read more]

Northern Brewer alums opening Arbeiter Brewing in South Minneapolis

Three Northern Brewer veterans and a brewer from Town Hall are working to bring a new brewery to life in South Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood. This fall, Arbeiter Brewing (German for “worker”) will open in the former Harriet Brewing space on Minnehaha Avenue. Though they’re in the earliest stages of building out the 15-barrel brewery and … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Beers with cinnamon, chilies, and ‘everything but the sink’

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]

Lyft-branded beer debuting in Chicago, includes ride discounts

Lyft, the popular rideshare service, is working with Chicago’s Baderbräu Brewing Company to release cans of its own Lyft-branded beer in the Chicago market. “We know through data that nightlife is one of our largest business segments, especially going out on a Friday or Saturday night,” David Katcher, general manager for Lyft in the Midwest, told … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Ashby Brewing Company

Locals in quaint Ashby, Minnesota, population 436, have long congregated at their restaurant, bar, and American Legion hall over pints of beer. With the October opening of Ashby Brewing Company, this small town has something a lot more exciting to sip on than light lager. Justin Flatgard, co-owner and head brewer of the newly open … [ Read more]

When Grain Belt went dark: Minnesota beer in the year 1996

This Saturday, Minnesotans will gather along the shores of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis near Nicollet Island to celebrate the relighting of the Grain Belt sign. Erected in the 1940s and moved to its current location in 1950, the iconic sign has been dark since 1996. Take a step back in time with us as … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill

The history of Minnesota’s Iron Range is filled with rapid expansions and contractions—the booms and busts—of a mining industry that transformed Minnesota’s Arrowhead region from an inhospitable wilderness to the country’s largest producing region of iron ore. Erik and Jessica Leitz, who will open BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill in downtown Hibbing at the turn … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Beers for the winter solstice, plus the return of some favorites

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]

Now Open: Venn Brewing Company in South Minneapolis

When I walk in the door at Venn Brewing Company, I’m greeted by smiling faces at the end of an extensive wood bar. It’s a sunny December day and the beautiful black walnut bar is shimmering in a wash of the natural light reflecting in from the snow outside, giving the whole space a certain … [ Read more]

New ownership taking the helm at Minneapolis’ NorthGate Brewing UPDATED

By Brian Kaufenberg and Joseph Alton Updated December 16, 2017 at 1:20pm: This story has been updated with information from NorthGate and Tod Fyten.  After nearly five years of operation, NorthGate Brewing’s Adam Sjogren, Todd Slininger, and Tuck Carruthers are selling the brewery they founded. According to multiple sources close to NorthGate, the brewery quietly … [ 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]

F-Town Brewing co-founder eyes St. Paul fire house for new brewery and restaurant

A new brewery and restaurant is in the early stages of planning after the St. Paul City Council granted Travis Temke tentative developer status over the old fire house Station 10, located at 754 Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. The area is otherwise known as the West Seventh neighborhood. Those who follow Minnesota’s brewing industry may … [ Read more]

U.S. hits record-breaking 6,000 breweries in operation

Another year has come and gone, but not without craft beer industry hitting a record-shattering number. The Brewers Association published its end of the year report, announcing that America has passed 6,000 total breweries, with 98 percent of them being small and independent craft brewers. Though the exact total has yet to be revealed, it’s … [ Read more]

State of Chicago Beer: A good time to be thirsty in the Windy City

If you’re heading to Chicago, come parched. As of this writing, there are just under 200 breweries in the greater Chicagoland area. Like many American cities, the Chicago craft beer scene is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Eight Chicago-area breweries took home a total of 10 medals at the most recent Great American Beer Festival, … [ Read more]

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