Now Open (Or Damn Close): Klockow Brewing

The Klockow surname may not have been Andy and Tasha first choice for naming their brewery, but given the support and help provided by their family, it’s a good fit. With the construction phase behind them, Klockow Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s first microbrewery, is set to open on October 28. When Andy and Tasha … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Big releases for Town Hall’s 20th anniversary, Waconia’s 3rd, and Giesenbräu’s opening day

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]

Remembering Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren

On October 6, Minnesota’s beer scene lost a legend. Hans “Hanszee” Lofgren, a decades-long veteran of the local beer industry who worked for Capitol Beverage and Original Gravity, died unexpectedly at the age of 52. Hanszee built countless friendships throughout his years of selling beer in Twin Cities and beyond. A mentor to many, a … [ Read more]

GABF Bump: What winning a Great American Beer Festival medal means for breweries

Very soon, the three-year-old Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud will hang its Great American Beer Festival (GABF) bronze medal behind the bar in its taproom. “‘Holy shit!’ Then ‘thank you,’” were the first thoughts that popped into Beaver Island co-owner Nick Barth’s mind when they won the award. “It was so affirming to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Giesenbräu Bier Co.

Erin “Mutha Franklin” Hutton fell in love with biergartens while studying in Bavaria. He also fell in love there with a girl from New Prague named Anna Giesen. This is where Giesenbräu Bier Co.’s story begins. Hutton’s interest in dialects brought him to Germany, where he studied “Niederbayerisch” (Lower Bavarian). However, as graduate school drew to a close, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Hullabaloo, Festival of Oak, and Fresh Hop Fest bring the beer

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]

New owners take the helm at Lake Superior Brewing

Duluth’s oldest craft brewery, Lake Superior Brewing, officially has new owners. Lars Kuehnow and Lisa Blade are taking over Lake Superior Brewing (LSB), as former owners Don and Jo Hoag, John Judd III, Karen Olesen, and Dale Kleinschmidt step aside from owning the brewing business. “We look forward to watching the next phase for LSB,” says … [ Read more]

The Mill: Great American Beer Festival wraps up, Minnesota takes home six medals

The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) wrapped up in Denver over the weekend, after expanding to 800 breweries and drawing a whopping 60,000 beer loving attendees. In total, the 2017 GABF competition received 7,923 entries from 2,217 breweries, and awarded 293 medals in 98 beer categories. Five Minnesota breweries took home six GABF medals. In the … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Earth Rider Brewing

When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider Brewing this fall, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966. Given its unique name, location, and the assemblage of elite local brewing talent under its roof, Earth Rider is a concept that couldn’t … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Surly Wet, more Oktoberfests, and fall seasonals back on tap

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]

Birch’s on the Lake joins St. Paul’s Market House Collaborative

Birch’s on the Lake, the supper club-brewery combo nestled alongside Long Lake, is the latest business to join Tim McKee’s Market House Collaborative in Lowertown. The former Heartland space is set to house a collection of food businesses under one roof—Octo Fishbar, The Salty Tart bakery, Peterson Craftsman Meats butcher shop, the Almanac Fish Market—and now, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Fresh hop beers roll out, plus debuts from Waldmann and Back Channel

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 (Or Damn Close): Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

The longest gap between beers in Minnesota brewing history (154 years) is ending this fall. After eight years of planning and tens of thousands of hours of research, legal work and build out, the only known remaining example of a pre–Civil War lager beer saloon is being reincarnated as Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery. Having successfully … [ Read more]

Buzzed Beer: How brewers fuse beer with coffee, plus seven java brews to try

Cortado. Americano. Iced caramel latte, sugar-free, no whip. The options are endless—almost amusingly so—for ordering a cup of morning joe these days. As for coffee-infused beers, the options are just as plentiful, with most breweries serving up at least one French-press-meets-fermenter concoction. Whether adding grounds, dumping cold press into the fermenter, or adding brewed coffee … [ Read more]

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What We’re Drinking: October 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. Great Lakes Brewing Company Turntable Pilsner – Maddie Greene, Social Media Coordinator This time of year always brings memories from my childhood. When you grow up in small … [ Read more]