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Now Open: Karst Brewing Co.

When Eric Luoma and his wife Sandra Seha-Luoma heard about a building for sale in Fountain, Minnesota, halfway between Rochester and Decorah, Iowa, the couple thought the sleepy town would be a good place to finally retire. However, with Eric’s love … [Read More...]

Wisconsin breweries and wineries on guard after proposal to ban direct sales revealed

As the negotiations over the Wisconsin state budget continues this week, a memo obtained by a conservative group has the Badger State's microbreweries and wineries mobilizing to head off a proposal that would end direct retail sales and … [Read More...]

South Minneapolis getting new neighborhood watering hole in Venn Brewing Company

Connie and Kyle Sisco have signed a lease, and construction has begun on Venn Brewing Company, a brewery and taproom in South Minneapolis that they hope to open around the holidays. The concept for Venn has been kicked around for a couple of … [Read More...]

Bug Hunters: Bootleg Biology is collecting and cataloging the world’s wild yeast

Mitch Ermatinger wanted a truly unique brewery. He wanted Speciation Artisan Ales to showcase what he knows best—spontaneous sour beers and wild farmhouse ales. So he turned to Bootleg Biology to make his mixed-culture fermentations stand out from … [Read More...]

What We’re Drinking: July 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Steel Toe Brewing Sommer Vice Hefe-Weizen … [Read More...]

Brewer Profile: Caleb Levar of Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery

I turn on my recorder and loft up what I think is a softball question: “What led you to go the brewmaster route?” Caleb Levar and his business partner Levi Loesch exchange a look. In pure Minnesota Nice fashion, they both immediately look away and … [Read More...]

Culture of Excellence: For the betterment of beer, every brewery must invest in the science of quality assurance

Riley Seitz grew up right along with Minnesota’s craft beer industry. In 1989, her dad took a job at a fledgling Summit Brewing, then located on University Avenue, where she’d drink 1919 Root Beer and get rides up and down the ramp of the keg cooler. … [Read More...]

Brewing a Better Industry: Rahr’s new tech center is putting beer ingredients to the test

It’s early morning in the small brewhouse. A brewer doughs in a unique blend of malts for a variation on an American pale ale. Bright sunlight shines through a full wall of windows and into the brewery, cutting through a column of steam and … [Read More...]

The Mash-Up: 50 Lady Gaga inspired beers, new breweries, and more

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 … [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, … [Read More...]

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