The Mash-Up: Brewers feel the buzz with 4/20-inspired beers

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]

UMN and Urban Growler team up to save the rainforest

Not every beer has the lofty goal of saving the rainforest, but that’s precisely what the University of Minnesota and St. Paul’s Urban Growler Brewing Company aimed to do with two recent beer releases. Their collaboration centers around the rámon nut, a seed that grows in tropical forests in Central America, South America, and the … [ Read more]

UW–Madison Arboretum brews up partnership to turn unlikely fruits into local beer

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum is partnering up with nearby brewery Funk Factory Geuzeria to take advantage of an unexpected, often overlooked fruit—the Osage orange. The pale green, lumpy, softball-sized fruit found scattered across the grounds of the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens appealed to brewery owner Levi Funk, who noticed their citrusy scent on a stroll … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Spiral Brewery in Hastings

“As much as we love craft beer, the beer culture, and brewing, we love our community and wanted to do something that will bring it to where we know it should and can be,” says Nick Fox, co-president of the forthcoming Spiral Brewery in Hastings, set to open April 20. Flashback to 2013, and the … [ Read more]

Surly Darkness Day moving from Brooklyn Center brewery to new venue

Surly has announced that it is moving 2018 Darkness Day from its Brooklyn Center production facility to…Wisconsin? The brewery announced on Friday that this year’s beer release party will take place at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin, (35 miles east of Minneapolis) on Saturday, September 29. “Simply put, we ran out of room at … [ Read more]

To Haze, Or Not to Haze?

New England IPAs are divisive. Some argue the style converts the hop-averse into enthusiastic proponents of hop flavor and aroma. Others point out their trademark haze can cause short shelf life, disguise bad brewing practices, and lead eager but uninformed consumers to value haze over quality. But at this point it’s hard to make the argument … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Beers for breakfast and dessert, plus a “haze-free” hazy IPA

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): Wooden Hill Brewing Company in Edina

For years, while breweries popped up all around the Twin Cities, Edina watched idly by from the sidelines. But brothers James and Sean Ewen, who recently opened Wooden Hill Brewing Company, believed beer lovers in the Twin Cities’ southwestern suburbs wanted a brewery to call their own. And so far, the people of Edina have … [ Read more]

Cigar City swings into the Minnesota beer market this May

A taste of Florida sunshine is making its way to Minnesota, as Cigar City Brewing launches its beers in market this May. Northeast Minneapolis’ J.J Taylor Distributing Company will handle Cigar City’s distribution into Minnesota, the 18th state in the craft brewery’s distribution footprint. “Our recent launch in Chicago has experienced a lot of success … [ Read more]

Beer delivery drivers, warehouse workers strike distributor J.J. Taylor

Delivery drivers for Minnesota’s largest beer distributor aren’t behind the wheel this week—instead they are behind a picket line. Ninety-three members of Teamsters Local 792, who work as delivery drivers and warehouse workers for J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota, went on strike effective at 5am on Monday, April 9. Located in Northeast Minneapolis, J.J. Taylor … [ Read more]

Step back in time with stories from Prohibition for National Beer Day

We have a very important announcement. Today, April 7, is National Beer Day in America. But this is no run-of-the-mill “National _____ Day” (although it also happens to be National No Housework Day, feel free to observe that as you wish), for this day stands in history as a crucial precursor to the full repeal … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Gluten-free anniversary ales, a Moscow Mule beer, and a Minnesota Black & Tan

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]

Sneak peek of Bent Paddle’s new taproom and pilot brewery, opening April 12

Over its five years, Bent Paddle Brewing Company has changed a lot. It has expanded into the city’s largest brewery, producing 16,705 barrels in 2017 and distributing its beer throughout the entire state of Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin and eastern North Dakota. Since it started with five employees in 2013, the staff has … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.

When Emmett Swartout was just a boy, his dad received a Mr. Beer kit as a present. Swartout was so excited to work on the process with his dad, until he realized the end result would be something he wouldn’t be allowed to drink. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and Swartout is not only able … [ Read more]

The Mill: Craft beer at Target Field for the Twins home opener

Though winter apparently will never end, time still moves on. Case in point: the Twins home opener is this Thursday, with a forecasted high of 36 degrees. There’s definite potential to set a record for lowest game day temp, which is currently sitting at 31 degrees in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in … [ Read more]