10 Years in Beer: Lift Bridge’s Dan Schwarz on lessons learned, the future of the brand, and Minnesota’s beer industry

Ten years ago, a group of homebrewers launched Lift Bridge Brewing Company in the historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota, selling their first keg in September 2008. Since then, the company led by Dan Schwarz, Brad Glynn, Trevor Cronk, and Jim Pierson has planted itself firmly in the top 10 largest craft breweries in the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: A week of brewery anniversaries and milestones

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards Nominations 2018

It’s time for you, our dedicated readers of The Growler Magazine, to nominate the best of the best in Minnesota food, drink, and culture for The Growler’s annual Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominations are open through September 7 and are limited to one submission per valid email address. Loading…

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Torg Brewing in Spring Lake Park

For Dave and Debbie Torgersen, brewing was simply supposed to provide a fun activity to do together. Something they could dabble in as Dave approached retirement from the U.S. Army, something they could get more serious about once his 30-year military career was officially finished. “We went overboard very quickly. It became an obsession,” Debbie … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Bring on the Oktoberfests

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 608 Brewing Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Phil Humphrey doesn’t mince words when he talks about his favorite beer styles and what he wants to brew at 608 Brewing Co. “We’re focusing more on the newer, trendier beer styles—you could say the New England IPA for sure,” Phil says of the soon-to-open La Crosse, Wisconsin, brewery. About four years ago, Phil really … [ Read more]

18 brewers and distillers are ‘In Cahoots!’ for collaborative block party on August 5

Camaraderie and competition are back at it for another delicious go-around with the 12th iteration of In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft. Each year, the Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler Magazine bring together craft brewers to create special beers for Red Stag’s free block party, but 2018 is the biggest yet. Seventeen breweries and … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Minnesota State Fair announces this year’s beer line-up

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

You can almost sense its arrival—the faraway hoofbeat of livestock, the clank of carnival rides, the waft of frier grease in the air. Yes, the Minnesota State Fair is upon us once again. You’re going to need a beer. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from … [ Read more]

Back to the Source with Chris Priebe of Millstream Brewing Company

Chris Priebe’s first word as a child: “Hi.” His second: “Beer.” At two years old, he was enjoying small sips of his grandfather’s beer. At 16, he traveled to Germany, thus beginning his love affair with German beer. As an adult, Priebe found himself as an unofficial “taster” for the Dubuque Star Brewery in Dubuque, … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.   Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief ■ Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA The fervor around this Decorah, Iowa-based brewery is a bit staggering. With special releases selling out in an instant and … [ Read more]

Two Twin Ports brewery staples are getting a refresh

Two of the Twin Ports’ oldest breweries and brewpubs are getting a refresh with new faces in the brewhouse, new packaging, and a rebrand. After months of being without a brewer, Thirsty Pagan Brewing’s owner Steve Knauss tapped Kathleen Culhane, the founder and brewer at the now-defunct Sídhe Brewing in St. Paul, to fill the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Brewers get creative with festival one-offs, but IPA still reigns

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Angry Hog Brewery & Taproom in Austin, Minnesota

Angry Hog Brewery & Taproom may be new to residents of Austin, but its location is anything but. The building for a long time was home to Jimmy’s Fish and Seafood and Fine Meats, which sold its products in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. According to Angry Hog’s co-owners and brewers, Joe Bower and Kevin Jones, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: From sours to lagers to a brut IPA, brewers show off their range

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]