The Great Debate: Dogs Shouldn’t Be Allowed In Taprooms

Illustration by Will Dinski There are few expressions of joy so pure as your dog greeting you at home after a long day at the office. Those wide, expectant eyes, a furious wag in their tail, with a lick and slobber so ebullient and unrestrained. What monster would send that back to its kennel and … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: Craft Breweries Must Band Together Or Die

Illustration by Will Dinski There are now over 8,000 breweries in America. This renaissance of beer brewing has created jobs, revitalized real estate, and developed its own subculture. But with the market growing ever-more concentrated, thousands of quasi-profitable small businesses are nervously wondering which way the wind is blowing. Multinational companies have made a point … [ Read more]

Brewing Change Collaborative: Changing the faces in brewing one beer at a time

When Ramsey Louder pours a beer at ONE Fermentary and Taproom, he may also break the ice and ask you if you consider yourself a person of color. Louder, ONE’s head brewer and the first black man to co-own a brewery in Minneapolis, makes it a daily personal goal to seek out other people of … [ Read more]

We blind tasted 31 NA beers and found 7 we actually enjoyed

Dry January has begun its devolution into Wet February. It’s the month bookended by the imbibing holidays of Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, featuring the drinking-one-way-or-the-other Valentine’s Day smack in the middle. But as a quick postscript on January, we wonder, where did your Sober Curiosity take you? For us, it was the warming embrace … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: February 2020

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.

The Mash-Up: Happy accidents and a rare Eisbock poking to keep January interesting

With over 185 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 … [ Read more]

Brew Local, Export Global: U.S. microbreweries test the waters in international markets

International exports might seem at odds with American craft brewing. We think of U.S. craft brewers as focused on breaking into neighboring states, not neighboring countries. But in 2017, nearly half a million barrels of U.S. craft beer was exported by land or by sea. While it’s routinely positioned as a “local” product in a locavore … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: A glut of new beers from Winterfest, Finnegans Dark Week, and St. Paul Winter Carnival

With over 185 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 … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Thunder Brothers Brewery in Isanti

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Thunder Brothers Brewery is located in the back of a mixed-use building off Highway 65 in Isanti, Minnesota. It sits … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): PawPrint Brewery in Chatfield

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. One can figure out quite easily from the name of his brewery that James Kenison might be a fan of … [ Read more]

Now Open (And Brewing): Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery in Maple Plain

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery is now open, and brewing, in Maple Plain. Just about 20 minutes down 394 and highway 12 … [ Read more]

Original brewery of Duluth’s Lincoln Park ‘Craft District’ closes

Duluth’s oldest craft brewery, Lake Superior Brewing Co., has shuttered after a quarter of a century of business. While no official announcement has been made by the company, Lake Superior Brewing Co.’s brewery and taproom in the Lincoln Park neighborhood has been locked since December and its state brewery license expired in August 2019 according … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Winter warmers to fight the cold, and tropical beers to flee it

With over 185 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 … [ Read more]

Now Open: Thousand Lakes Brewing Co. in Parkers Prairie

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Opening any brewery can take years and years of effort and seemingly endless preparation. For brothers-in-law Matt Harren and Kevin … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Low-ABV and NA releases for the New Year

With over 185 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 … [ Read more]