Brewing in the Time of COVID: To ensure their survival, Minnesota breweries have had to get creative

In the time since March 16, when it was announced that Minnesota’s bars and restaurants would only be allowing takeout service, breweries across the state have been in a constant state of flux. Though some breweries saw the storm approaching and started ramping down production in the weeks leading up to the state’s lockdown, the … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: The Artimus “Pils,” a Brewing TV 10th Anniversary Recipe

Ten years ago, when we all had faster metabolisms and fewer kids, the three of us worked together at Northern Brewer and started a web series titled Brewing TV. Because the internet is forever, you can still find those episodes.  The topic was brewing, both home- and pro-. Chip’s friend Art (Abstract Artimus) recorded our … [ Read more]

UPDATED: 56 Brewing owner resigns after allegations of racial harassment against Black employee corroborated by eyewitness

[Updated: 1:12pm, July 2, 2020]: Kale Johnson, one of the co-owners of 56 Brewing, resigned as CEO on July 2, 2020, in the face of corroborated reports of racial harassment against a Black employee. In a statement on the company’s Facebook page, Johnson says that he is “resigning as CEO effective immediately,” adding “it is … [ Read more]

Ramsey Louder, the first black man to co-own a brewery in Minneapolis, resigns from company

Head brewer and co-owner Ramsey Louder announced his resignation from ONE Fermentary & Taproom on June 26, saying in a statement on his Facebook page, “I’ve realized that my vision and values differ from those of ownership of ONE.” Louder is the first Black man to co-own a brewery in Minneapolis, and the second in … [ Read more]

Fire at Ursa Minor Brewing temporarily closes taproom and patio

Ursa Minor Brewing announced the temporary closure of its patio and taproom following a fire that destroyed an outdoor storage area. The fire broke out around 1:30am on July 26—the cause of the fire is currently unknown. The fire consumed the wood-framed storage area on the exterior of the brick building, and destroyed a forklift, … [ Read more]

The Herkimer closing after 20 years of brewing at Lyn-Lake

One of Minneapolis’ longest-standing brewpubs, The Herkimer, is closing permanently at the end of June, according to an announcement on the company’s social media platforms. Founded in 1999, The Herkimer was a neighborhood staple known for serving house-brewed, traditional German lagers and English ales, even as their home neighborhood of Lyn-Lake changed rapidly around them. … [ Read more]

Minnesota Breweries and Distilleries Cautious, Optimistic about June 1 Reopening Plans

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’ plans for the phased reopening of bars, restaurants, and places of “public accommodation” announced on May 20 is being met with mixed feelings by the state’s brewery and distillery owners. Starting on June 1, the state will enter into Phase 2 of its four-phase approach which aims to contain the spread … [ Read more]

Bill introduced to temporarily expand on-site sales for Minnesota’s craft breweries and microdistilleries

After a major public push last week led by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, a bill has been introduced that would temporarily allow breweries and distilleries some retail flexibility. HF 4640, authored by Rep. Liz Olson and Rep. Sydney Jordan, would allow breweries whose taprooms have been closed by executive order to sell six- and … [ Read more]

The Power of Kveik Compels You: Twin Cities breweries have deployed a Norwegian super-yeast in several new releases

John Garland, Deputy Editor: I’ll admit, even though we’ve already run a story on this yeast, I’m not 100% sold on why it’s so special. Brian, give me the elevator pitch. *terrible Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with kveik? Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-In-Chief: Kveik is an old family of yeast that had quietly been used in … [ Read more]

The Belgian Waffle: From hallowed import to sidelined style to mega-brewery powerhouse—It’s been a wild ride for Belgian beer in the American 21st century

In the barrel room at Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium, these words are painted on a barrel head that’s been tacked to a column: “Le temps ne respecte pas ce qui se fait sans lui.” Time does not respect that which is done without it. The beer at Cantillon, the world-class lambic brewery, is aged … [ Read more]

History Glass: Yoerg Brewing Co. is on a mission to bring the wealth of Old World beer to Minnesota through an impressive import tap list

American craft beer wasn’t built on neighborhood taprooms and locally distributed six-packs. At least, not originally. For many of the early brewers in the craft beer movement, the drive to make craft beer was inspired by experiences with beer in the Old World. Whether it was from a motorcycle tour of ancient monastery breweries in … [ Read more]

651 Tyga Bite: How one American light lager is building a bridge between craft beer and Minnesota’s Hmong community

Rice wine. It sounds simple, but it’s more than just another alcoholic beverage. It’s a bridge to Hmong history. “Drinking is very prevalent in Hmong culture when it comes to celebrations,” See Xiong, a Minneapolis-based Hmong journalist and marketing specialist, says. “It’s prominent in Hmong wedding traditions. It’s a way of welcoming guests and showing … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: April 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. Keepsake Wild Medium Cider Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief Considering some of the mass-marketed ciders out there, you might shudder at the idea of a “sweet cider,” but Keepsake’s Wild … [ Read more]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild pushing temporary changes to liquor laws for struggling breweries, bars, and restaurants

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) is pushing for temporary amendments to the state’s alcohol sales laws in order to help breweries, bars, and restaurants weather the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The multi-pronged legislative proposal asks state lawmakers to modify rules regulating what establishments can sell alcohol and in what types of packaging alcohol can be … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Beer-to-Go from taprooms and a new charitable beer series from Utepils to help industry folks in need

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]

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