10 Years in Beer: Lift Bridge’s Dan Schwarz on lessons learned, the future of the brand, and Minnesota’s beer industry

Ten years ago, a group of homebrewers launched Lift Bridge Brewing Company in the historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota, selling their first keg in September 2008. Since then, the company led by Dan Schwarz, Brad Glynn, Trevor Cronk, and Jim Pierson has planted itself firmly in the top 10 largest craft breweries in the … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Torg Brewing in Spring Lake Park

For Dave and Debbie Torgersen, brewing was simply supposed to provide a fun activity to do together. Something they could dabble in as Dave approached retirement from the U.S. Army, something they could get more serious about once his 30-year military career was officially finished. “We went overboard very quickly. It became an obsession,” Debbie … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 608 Brewing Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Phil Humphrey doesn’t mince words when he talks about his favorite beer styles and what he wants to brew at 608 Brewing Co. “We’re focusing more on the newer, trendier beer styles—you could say the New England IPA for sure,” Phil says of the soon-to-open La Crosse, Wisconsin, brewery. About four years ago, Phil really … [ Read more]

18 brewers and distillers are ‘In Cahoots!’ for collaborative block party on August 5

Camaraderie and competition are back at it for another delicious go-around with the 12th iteration of In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft. Each year, the Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler Magazine bring together craft brewers to create special beers for Red Stag’s free block party, but 2018 is the biggest yet. Seventeen breweries and … [ Read more]

Two Twin Ports brewery staples are getting a refresh

Two of the Twin Ports’ oldest breweries and brewpubs are getting a refresh with new faces in the brewhouse, new packaging, and a rebrand. After months of being without a brewer, Thirsty Pagan Brewing’s owner Steve Knauss tapped Kathleen Culhane, the founder and brewer at the now-defunct Sídhe Brewing in St. Paul, to fill the … [ Read more]

State of Indianapolis Beer: Race in to try the Circle City’s best breweries

If there’s one thing Indianapolis likes to brag about—besides basketball and the Indy 500—it’s Hoosier hospitality. But the Circle City has created a new point of pride in its vibrant craft beer scene, which has grown exponentially over the last decade. Indianapolis boasts about 50 of the state’s 170 breweries and brewpubs, and visitors can … [ Read more]

Vine Park is now the first majority Hmong-owned brewery

Touyer Moua grew up in the Twin Cities hearing from the elders in the Hmong community about the fermenting traditions they left behind. “Back in our old country, Laos, our elders… they would brew their own rice wine,” Moua began explaining. “From that perspective, there is history as far as making your own alcoholic drink. … [ Read more]

Hunyuck Brew Co. to Hit the Beer Market This August

Hunyuck. A term of endearment from Dave Gronert’s “tough, old Norwegian” grandmother, and the basis for the name of a new beer brand hitting the market this August: Hunyuck Brew Co. “Hunyuck was a term that my grandma used to describe backwoods folks in northern Minnesota that are basically real renaissance men,” says Gronert, co-founder … [ Read more]

Carlos Creek Winery’s owners are starting a Viking-themed brewery in Alexandria

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minnesota, has been a destination for wine lovers in the state since 1999. The winery has grown a lot since opening, adding a new production building in 2015, cider in 2016, and, come summer 2019, craft beer under the brand 22 Northmen Brewing. “Many of us at the winery are as … [ Read more]

J.J. Taylor–MN president Christopher Morton and Teamsters’ Ed Reynoso outline contract agreement to end seven-week strike

The nearly seven-week strike by 93 members of Teamsters Local 792 against distribution company J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota came to an end late Thursday, May 24, 2018. According to a tweet from Teamsters Local 792, the contract between the striking employees and Minnesota’s largest beer distributor was overwhelmingly ratified: “all along it was … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Rustech Brewing in Monticello

It seems these days that the most successful way to revitalize a city’s downtown area is to add a brewery. So when longtime residents and husband and wife duo Bill and Penny Burt approached the city of Monticello last year inquiring why the zoning laws prohibited a brewery in their town, it started the ball rolling … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company in Hutchinson

Looking at a map of Minnesota’s breweries, there’s a significant gap in the Hutchinson area. For 29 miles, there’s not a brewery to be found. For the last four years, Dan Hart and Lane Wanous worked to change that. And on May 23, Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company will finally open its doors in Hutchinson. The taproom … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Invictus Brewing Company in Blaine

Name a Twin Cities sporting venue, and there’s bound to be a taproom within a few blocks. Taprooms are places for fans, regardless of team affiliation, to come together as a community. Despite most major sports facilities sporting at least one nearby taproom, the most highly trafficked venue in Minnesota—Blaine’s National Sports Complex (NSC)—doesn’t even … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s Town House Bar to become soccer bar, The Black Hart of Saint Paul

The Town House Bar, St. Paul’s oldest LGBTQ bar and home to some of the city’s most vibrant drag shows, is getting a new owner, name, and soccer focus: The Black Hart of Saint Paul. Holly Monnett, the longtime owner of The Town House bar, is selling the business to Wes Burdine, a Midway resident … [ Read more]

Fitger’s distributing its beer recipes across Minnesota under ‘Duluth Brewhouse’ brand

After 23 years of serving the Duluth beer community, Fitger’s Brewhouse will be distributing their beers throughout Minnesota. How’s that? In order to work around Minnesota’s liquor laws, which prohibit brewpubs from distributing beer to retailers and caps annual production at 3,500 barrels, Rod Raymond, owner of Fitger’s Brewhouse, is handing over the rights of … [ Read more]