Now Open (Or Damn Close): Klockow Brewing

The Klockow surname may not have been Andy and Tasha first choice for naming their brewery, but given the support and help provided by their family, it’s a good fit. With the construction phase behind them, Klockow Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s first microbrewery, is set to open on October 28. When Andy and Tasha … [ Read more]

GABF Bump: What winning a Great American Beer Festival medal means for breweries

Very soon, the three-year-old Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud will hang its Great American Beer Festival (GABF) bronze medal behind the bar in its taproom. “‘Holy shit!’ Then ‘thank you,’” were the first thoughts that popped into Beaver Island co-owner Nick Barth’s mind when they won the award. “It was so affirming to … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Hullabaloo, Festival of Oak, and Fresh Hop Fest bring the beer

With well over 100 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 weekly … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Earth Rider Brewing

When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider Brewing this fall, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966. Given its unique name, location, and the assemblage of elite local brewing talent under its roof, Earth Rider is a concept that couldn’t … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Surly Wet, more Oktoberfests, and fall seasonals back on tap

With well over 100 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 weekly … [ Read more]

Birch’s on the Lake joins St. Paul’s Market House Collaborative

Birch’s on the Lake, the supper club-brewery combo nestled alongside Long Lake, is the latest business to join Tim McKee’s Market House Collaborative in Lowertown. The former Heartland space is set to house a collection of food businesses under one roof—Octo Fishbar, The Salty Tart bakery, Peterson Craftsman Meats butcher shop, the Almanac Fish Market—and now, … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: October 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Great Lakes Brewing Company Turntable Pilsner – Maddie Greene, Social Media Coordinator This time of year always brings memories from my childhood. When you grow up in small … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Back Channel Brewing

When a brewery has nearly 4,000 Facebook likes prior to ever opening its doors to the public, it catches your attention. With taprooms on the eastern and southern shores of Lake Minnetonka, a feverous group of locals have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Back Channel Brewing, which held its soft opening on September 22–24 … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Chapel Brewing

Chapel Brewing’s theme can be described as one of transformation. Built in 1880 as a village hall and jail, the historic building in Dundas, Minnesota, was bought by J.P. Hummel in 1882 and converted into a church. “That’s why we think Chapel is a pretty apt summary of that history,” says head brewer and co-owner Andrew … [ Read more]

Now Open: Shakopee Brewhall in downtown Shakopee

In the fall of 2010, Ryan Lindquist and Damon Schuler toured Lift Bridge Brewing with their wives. During their tour, the pair looked around and thought, “We should totally do this.” Though neither of them had brewed a batch of beer in his life, the pair decided to dive head first into what would become … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Shakopee Brewhall debuts, plus ABR and other big beer events bring fresh flavors

With well over 100 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 weekly … [ Read more]

Drekker Brewing to open ‘destination brewery and taproom’ next summer

Drekker Brewing, the Fargo-based craft brewery, announced Wednesday that it is building a new destination brewery and taproom. The historic building, located at 1632 First Avenue North in Fargo, was once a locomotive repair facility before becoming a storage space from the ‘70s onward. Now, Drekker is renovating the historic building, located just a few … [ Read more]

Now Open: 14 Lakes Brewery in Crosslake

Almost two years of preparations were wrapping up Sunday, September 3 when the staff at 14 Lakes Brewery in Crosslake, Minnesota, planned a quiet soft opening. Within an hour, however, their taproom was crowded. “Our two o’clock soft opening turned into a three o’clock grand opening and the whole parking lot was filled,” head brewer … [ Read more]

O’zapft is: Tapping into all the Oktoberfest events this fall in Minnesota

The official Oktoberfest may kick off next weekend in Munich, Germany, for its 184th year, but here in the Midwest we’re getting a jumpstart on the festivities. Starting Friday, September 8 and running through mid-October, breweries, restaurants, and event organizers are inviting you to dust off your lederhosen and dirndls, order up some brats mit kraut, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Fall Fests and New Brews in Lake Country

With well over 100 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 weekly … [ Read more]