Now Open (Or Damn Close): Oldenburg Brewing Company in Belle Plaine

When the owners of the newly opened Oldenburg Brewing Company calls it a family-oriented brewpub, they don’t just mean that kids are allowed in the taproom. Don and Colt Oldenburg aren’t just co-owners and co-brewers—they are also father and son. Two generations of Oldenburgs have called Belle Plaine home and, during that time, owned many … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Father’s Day, Anniversary Celebrations, and Festivals bring all the new beer

With over 175 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): 22 Northmen Brewing Co. in Alexandria

June 15, 2019, will mark the grand opening of 22 Northmen Brewing Co., and the realization of a longstanding vision for the owners of the adjacent Carlos Creek Winery. Tami and Kim Bredeson have contemplated building a brewery to complement their winery as far back as 2009. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the hiring of … [ Read more]

9 Things I Learned on a Yearlong, 120-Brewery Odyssey Across Minnesota

Liz Foster is a craft beer enthusiast and the events and communications manager at Urban Growler Brewing Company. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. What are you doing this weekend? Do you want to road trip to a brewery with me?” This is the exact phrase I said 80+ times … [ Read more]

4 Midwestern brewing companies outgrow their spaces, expand to new facilities

Four brewing companies in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and eastern North Dakota have outgrown their original spaces and are expanding to new locations—some just in time for the busy summer season, others with plans for completion later this year. In 2018, just one year after opening, Drumconrath Brewing Company in eastern North Dakota upgraded their three-barrel … [ Read more]

Tickets now on sale for Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

The Growler Magazine is proud to announce the launch of a brand new kind of beer festival series, never before seen in Minnesota or the U.S.—Unlabeled: A Blind Tasting Showdown. Similar to other beer festivals, Unlabeled will allow attendees the chance to sample dozens of beers from different breweries. The twist? The tasting is 100 … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Summer releases get tropical with hibiscus, mango, and passion fruit beers

With over 175 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]

Lupulin Brewing Company Acquiring Hydra Beer Company, Opening Second Lupulin Taproom in Sioux Falls, SD

South Dakotans living on the South Dakota/Minnesota border have been able to get Lupulin Brewing Company’s beers at liquor stores and on tap throughout their state since April 2019, when the Big Lake, Minnesota, brewery expanded its brewhouse and partnered with Global Distributing, Inc. Soon, they’ll also be able to post up at Lupulin’s second brewery … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin

Since opening in March, Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin, Minnesota, has quickly become a popular spot for locals to gather and enjoy local beers and unique, homemade food, bringing back a much-appreciated slice of nightlife to the town. Now, after a busy grand-opening event over Memorial Day weekend, their own beer has finally joined … [ Read more]

BYO Bartender: What’s the allure behind self-pour taprooms?

Consider the self-pour taproom an antidote to “Give me the usual.” The concept—inviting customers to belly right up to the taps and serve themselves ounce by ounce—is driven by endless exploration and beer rotation. It’s the Snapchat of drinking experiences. And while Minnesota’s earliest iteration of the self-pour taproom, Community Keg House, fell flat in … [ Read more]

Lowertown St. Paul brewery announces closure, effective June 1

Nearly two years after opening, Lowertown St. Paul’s 12welve Eyes Brewing has called it quits, shutting its doors for good as of June 1, 2019. 12welve Eyes Brewing’s brewery and taproom was located in the basement of the Historic Pioneer Endicott building off of 4th Street East in downtown St. Paul. Like many of the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Juicy IPAs and salty goses signal the arrival of summer

With over 175 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]

Bringing Berliner Back: Jace Marti gives the traditional German beer a second life at The Starkeller

A battering ram of carbon dioxide punches me in the face and leaves me coughing for air. It’s been trapped inside its wooden tank prison for a little over two years now, the byproduct of a long, slow Berliner weisse fermentation, and it’s not wasting any time getting the hell out. “Yeah, it’s no joke,” … [ Read more]

Spontaneous Reaction: The Méthode Traditionnelle Society aims to define and brand ‘American lambic’

Belgium has long been regarded as being home to the world’s greatest spontaneously fermented beer: lambic. Fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria falling from musty wooden rafters, blowing in from hay fields, or floating in from the Zenne River, lambic is inextricably tied to the geography of Belgium, so much so that the term “lambic” … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Collaborative releases and the creation of a ‘brewed spirit’

With over 170 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]