UPDATED: 56 Brewing owner resigns after allegations of racial harassment against Black employee corroborated by eyewitness

[Updated: 1:12pm, July 2, 2020]: Kale Johnson, one of the co-owners of 56 Brewing, resigned as CEO on July 2, 2020, in the face of corroborated reports of racial harassment against a Black employee. In a statement on the company’s Facebook page, Johnson says that he is “resigning as CEO effective immediately,” adding “it is … [ Read more]

The Herkimer closing after 20 years of brewing at Lyn-Lake

One of Minneapolis’ longest-standing brewpubs, The Herkimer, is closing permanently at the end of June, according to an announcement on the company’s social media platforms. Founded in 1999, The Herkimer was a neighborhood staple known for serving house-brewed, traditional German lagers and English ales, even as their home neighborhood of Lyn-Lake changed rapidly around them. … [ Read more]

Minnesota Breweries and Distilleries Cautious, Optimistic about June 1 Reopening Plans

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’ plans for the phased reopening of bars, restaurants, and places of “public accommodation” announced on May 20 is being met with mixed feelings by the state’s brewery and distillery owners. Starting on June 1, the state will enter into Phase 2 of its four-phase approach which aims to contain the spread … [ Read more]

Bill introduced to temporarily expand on-site sales for Minnesota’s craft breweries and microdistilleries

After a major public push last week led by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, a bill has been introduced that would temporarily allow breweries and distilleries some retail flexibility. HF 4640, authored by Rep. Liz Olson and Rep. Sydney Jordan, would allow breweries whose taprooms have been closed by executive order to sell six- and … [ Read more]

The Power of Kveik Compels You: Twin Cities breweries have deployed a Norwegian super-yeast in several new releases

John Garland, Deputy Editor: I’ll admit, even though we’ve already run a story on this yeast, I’m not 100% sold on why it’s so special. Brian, give me the elevator pitch. *terrible Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with kveik? Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-In-Chief: Kveik is an old family of yeast that had quietly been used in … [ Read more]

The Belgian Waffle: From hallowed import to sidelined style to mega-brewery powerhouse—It’s been a wild ride for Belgian beer in the American 21st century

In the barrel room at Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium, these words are painted on a barrel head that’s been tacked to a column: “Le temps ne respecte pas ce qui se fait sans lui.” Time does not respect that which is done without it. The beer at Cantillon, the world-class lambic brewery, is aged … [ Read more]

History Glass: Yoerg Brewing Co. is on a mission to bring the wealth of Old World beer to Minnesota through an impressive import tap list

American craft beer wasn’t built on neighborhood taprooms and locally distributed six-packs. At least, not originally. For many of the early brewers in the craft beer movement, the drive to make craft beer was inspired by experiences with beer in the Old World. Whether it was from a motorcycle tour of ancient monastery breweries in … [ Read more]

651 Tyga Bite: How one American light lager is building a bridge between craft beer and Minnesota’s Hmong community

Rice wine. It sounds simple, but it’s more than just another alcoholic beverage. It’s a bridge to Hmong history. “Drinking is very prevalent in Hmong culture when it comes to celebrations,” See Xiong, a Minneapolis-based Hmong journalist and marketing specialist, says. “It’s prominent in Hmong wedding traditions. It’s a way of welcoming guests and showing … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: April 2020

  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. Keepsake Wild Medium Cider Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief Considering some of the mass-marketed ciders out there, you might shudder at the idea of a “sweet cider,” but Keepsake’s Wild … [ Read more]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild pushing temporary changes to liquor laws for struggling breweries, bars, and restaurants

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG) is pushing for temporary amendments to the state’s alcohol sales laws in order to help breweries, bars, and restaurants weather the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The multi-pronged legislative proposal asks state lawmakers to modify rules regulating what establishments can sell alcohol and in what types of packaging alcohol can be … [ Read more]

Coronavirus Update: A Message from Matt Kenevan, owner and founder of Gray Duck Media and The Growler Magazine

  To all the supporters of Gray Duck Media and The Growler Magazine: Today I made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations of Gray Duck Media, the parent company of The Growler Magazine, effective Monday, March 23. This decision certainly wasn’t easy to make and wasn’t made with myself in mind. It was made … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s largest hop farm Mighty Axe Hops up for sale

Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota’s largest hop farm and processor, is up for sale as the result of a storm that devastated the hop farm’s 2019 crop. Late in the evening on Labor Day in 2019, roughly halfway through their harvest season, Mighty Axe’s hopyard in Foley, Minnesota, was hit by 55-mph straight-line winds that snapped … [ Read more]

Opinion: Let Minnesota breweries sell taproom customers what they really want: 6-packs & 4-packs

Chris Kolve is co-founder of Wabasha Brewing Company in St. Paul. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. There has been a lot of talk about the “growler cap” in Minnesota recently and while it’s good for everyone to know about the regulations that affect them, I think it’s important to have … [ Read more]

Surly Darkness Day on indefinite hiatus, brewery cites state distribution laws in decision

Surly Brewing Co. CEO Omar Ansari announced today on social media and an email newsletter that his brewery will be putting their annual Darkness Day festivities on hold indefinitely. Pulling no punches, the state’s third-largest brewery placed the blame for their festival’s hiatus squarely at the feet of local lawmakers. The craft beer industry is … [ Read more]

Modist Brewing rolling out D&D-inspired beer with original characters, adventure campaign

If you’re a rogue who enjoys visiting the village public house for a stein of ale (and, of course, pickpocketing a fool or two), Modist Brewing’s latest beer release will have you grinning. On Sunday, February 16, the North Loop brewery is debuting what might be the world’s first-ever Dungeons & Dragons-inspired beer—a sessionable hazy … [ Read more]

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