The Mash-Up: Spring-minded releases for warmer days ahead

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]

Now Open: Pantown Brewing Company in St. Cloud

St. Cloud’s newest brewery aims to bring the city one step closer to becoming a destination for craft beer. Pantown Brewing Company is named after the neighborhood on the northwest end of St. Cloud, which was originally made up of 45 homes built by Samuel Pandolfo to house the employees of the Pan Motor Company, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Breweries shake things up with experimental variants

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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bus Stop Burgers & Brewhouse

It’s easy to get excited when walking into Bus Stop Burgers & Brewhouse. Located in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis, on the ground floor of the Wells Fargo Building and firmly in the shadow of U.S. Bank Stadium, Bus Stop provides a welcome addition to a patch of downtown Minneapolis thirsty for quality food … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Winter warmers and tropical flavors to offset frigid temps

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]

Now Open: Under Pressure Brewing Company in Golden Valley

One of Minnesota’s most lauded and detail-driven homebrewers is finally seeing her brewery dreams come to fruition with the opening of Under Pressure Brewing Company in Golden Valley. Lori Ertl, alongside her co-owners and co-brewers John Keenan and Tyler Marchiniak, decided to pursue large-scale brewing because of the way it blends passion, production, and people. “There … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: The Great Cheap Beer Debate – February 2019

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. Here at the Growler, we believe there’s a time and place for every drink. Wine, liquor, N/A options, hard seltzer—even macro beers. Sure, we don’t talk about it … [ Read more]

The Great Debate: Are Taprooms Killing Drinking Culture?

Can taprooms and bars coexist and both thrive? Do taprooms provide more options for drinkers or encourage more homogeneity? Is there a correlation between the growth of taprooms and the death of craft beer bars like The Muddy Pig and Ward 6? In order to get some answers, we went out drinking with two of … [ Read more]

Dave Hoops: Master Brewer, Realist, and Risk-Taker

With his wavy, tousled hair, generous salt-and-pepper beard, and preferred outfit of jeans and a flannel shirt, Dave Hoops fits the archetypical portrait of a brewer better than that of a businessman. Yet his 25-plus years of experience in the industry have afforded him a wealth of expertise in the business of making beer. He’ll … [ Read more]

Will You Brew My Beer?

The once maligned practice of contract brewing is on the rise—and no one seems to care. Aswift-moving forklift pulls pallet after pallet of canned beer from a large cooler and loads them methodically into a trailer truck destined for a distributor. The beer was brewed with the best ingredients to meet detailed specifications of ABV, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Bagel beer, Winterfest whales, and more

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]

Rise of the Super Yeast: Will an ancient Norwegian yeast revolutionize American craft beer?

I n early 2017, Lance Shaner received a package in Chicago postmarked from Norway. With great anticipation, he delicately opened the box, revealing contents that had the potential to shape the trajectory of modern craft brewing. The product wasn’t a new one, though. It was ancient. To Shaner’s relief, the contents had survived their journey. … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Beer for Winter Carnival Treasure Hunters Debuts

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]

Government shutdown leaves brewers, distillers, and cidermakers in limbo

Adam Fredericksen, the owner of Thesis Beer Project, is in a tough spot. He has paperwork to file to get his new brewery up and running in Rochester, Minnesota, but because of the partial federal government shutdown, no one is around to process it. The federal agency in charge of licensing breweries, wineries, and distilleries, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Breweries Double Down on Double IPA

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]