Now Open: Roundhouse Brewery’s new Nisswa location

Roundhouse Brewery has been brewing beer in Brainerd since April 2016, but a move last summer saw the railroad-themed brewery chugging down the line to a new Nisswa location that was previously home to Gull Dam Brewing Co. Gull Dam closed at the end of 2018 due to the owners retiring, leaving the Nisswa brewery … [ Read more]

Now Open: Luce Line Brewing in Plymouth

The Luce Line State Trail is a popular spot for bicycling, jogging, or even cross country skiing. While it’s nice to sip some water after an intense time on the trail, you can now grab a beer at the newly opened Luce Line Brewing Co. Luce Line Brewing co-owner and co-founder Kate Coward is intimate … [ Read more]

Now Open: Foremost Brewing Cooperative in Owatonna

Roger Warehime remembers the first time he toured an old, city-owned building in Owatonna, Minnesota, with a painted sign on the brick exterior reading, “Owatonna’s People Press, Owatonna’s Foremost Advertiser.” He and his fellow board members were searching for a location to open a new brewpub. “We kind of picked up on that word,” Warehime … [ Read more]

Now Open: Ineffable Brewing Company in Burnsville

After Nutmeg Brewhouse closed in Burnsville, the space was quickly filled with the smell of hops and malt once again as Ineffable Brewing Co. made its way onto the craft beer scene on October 17, 2020. Husband and wife duo, Richard and Barbara Stein, always had a dream of starting a business together. That dream, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Revel Brewing in Park Rapids

Park Rapids, Minnesota, home of the Headwaters of the Mississippi and a scenic downtown lined with charming shops, has a new attraction: Revel Brewing. Owners and married couple Dylon and Katie Deschene opened the brewery in their hometown on September 12, 2020, after developing a love for craft beer while living in Colorado. While they … [ Read more]

Now Open: Bricksworth Beer Co. in Burnsville

If you share a rectangular, crispy, chewy, thick Detroit-style pizza topped with crisped cheese all around the edges with Bricksworth Beer Co. owner Cooper Johnson, you may have to muscle him away from his favorite corner pieces. Johnson is not really a fan of most pizza. But the brewpub’s chef Angelo Pennacchio, previously the chef-owner … [ Read more]

Now Open: Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro

Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro opened on October 15 • Photo by Karen Heimdahl, Sylvan Brewing Lanesboro is a Minnesota tourism hotspot. Bicyclists and motorcyclists love to ride around the area, there are numerous activities tied to the Root River, and the town known as Minnesota’s Bed and Breakfast capital even boasts two theaters. Sylvan Brewing … [ Read more]

Now Open: South x Southeast Brewery in Pine Island

Grand Rounds Brewpub opened its doors in 2015 in the heart of downtown Rochester, just a short walk away from the Mayo Clinic and among plenty of foot traffic. By all accounts, a great location to be in. In 2019, Grand Rounds’ founder Tessa Leung announced a big move: the brewpub was to move to … [ Read more]

Craft Beer, Represent: The importance of increasing diversity in the brewing industry

The craft brewing community likes to lean on one word as one of its pillars: community. But high profile incidents of racism and industry data released in the past year have demonstrated that the community isn’t always diverse or inclusive. Two recent news stories from Minneapolis have exposed just how far our local beer industry … [ Read more]

Tony Zaccardi: The owner of Palmer’s Bar on selling the ceiling, repping Minneapolis on CNN, and DMing Obama

If Minneapolis were one big high school, Tony Zaccardi would win the vote for class president in a landslide—but he wouldn’t be happy about it. In fact, he’s the most humble, unassuming 43-year-old popular kid you could ever meet.  Before becoming the owner of the iconic Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis’ West Bank in 2018, Zaccardi … [ Read more]

The Beer List: Don’t Call It A Session! Welcome to a new wave of craft light lager

A new wave of craft light lager is proving you don’t have to sacrifice flavor when turning down the ABV. Our editors discuss their favorites. John Garland, Deputy Editor: Of all the terrible buzzwords that became popular during the initial craft beer boom, I think “session” beer had to be my least favorite. It reeked … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 2020

FINNEGANS Keeper Keller Pils John Garland, Deputy Editor I’ve spent nearly all of my beer money this summer at FINNEGANS. The brewery directs all of its profits to fighting food insecurity (and is nearing the milestone of $2 million donated) but is now facing financial difficulty due to the pandemic (they were unable to open … [ Read more]

Now Open: Swing Barrel Brewing Co. in Moorhead

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. For owners and longtime friends Sean Syverson and John Kapla, founding and opening their own brewery was written in the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: From pineapple to lime to guava, fruit is front and center

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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ Read more]

Letter from The Growler’s Founder and Publisher Matt Kenevan

Dear Readers: The Growler Magazine was founded at a momentous point in Minnesota craft beer’s history. While there were a handful of craft breweries in the state that had outlasted the shakeout of the mid-1990s, when the laws changed in 2011 to allow production breweries to sell beer on-site in taprooms, the scene absolutely exploded. … [ Read more]