Now Open (Or Damn Close): 3rd Act Craft Brewery in Woodbury

Thanksgiving week 2018 was a historic one for the town of Woodbury, Minnesota. This eastern suburb of St. Paul that nearly 70,000 people call home is finally home to its first brewery. 3rd Act Craft Brewery, the brainchild of Woodbury resident and longtime homebrewer Steve Long and his wife Deb Long, quietly opened its doors … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Stacked Deck Brewing Company in St. Paul

For the founders of Stacked Deck Brewing Company, opening the taproom doors in downtown St. Paul has been a long time coming. Andy Erickson, Brad Randall, Scott Wege, and Ryan Keihn secured the space three years ago, began brewing 12 years ago, and have been in love with St. Paul their whole lives. All of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Uncommon Loon Brewing Company in Chisago City

When he retired from his engineering career two years ago, Uncommon Loon Brewing Company co-founder Brad Klatt wore a shirt to his party that read, “Of course I have a retirement plan—I’ll be brewing beer.” The homebrewer of 23 years admits he had the shirt there as a joke, but his lifelong friend Mark “Corky” … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Half Pint Brewing Company in Waseca

It doesn’t take long when leaving downtown Waseca to find yourself among farm fields and woodland. But drive just far enough on the dirt road that turns from County Road 10 into 150th Street and you’ll come across a farm unlike any others in the area. A small hopyard stands adjacent to a house atop … [ Read more]

Gull Dam Brewing closing at end of 2018, retiring owners to sell the business

Although 2018 is winding down, the end of the year has come with a flurry of Minnesota brewery news, including a number of openings, a closing in November, and a slate of planned December openings. But it appears we’ll see at least one more Minnesota brewery closing its doors before the calendar turns over to 2019, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Overflowing Imperial Stouts for Black Friday

With over 150 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 email. … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Yoerg Brewing Co. Saloon in St. Paul

Anthony Yoerg started Minnesota’s first commercial brewery in 1849 at a spot near what is now the parking ramp for the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. (A few later accounts place the founding in 1848.) While he was soon surpassed in volume by other brewers, demand was still strong enough to encourage Yoerg Brewing Co. to … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s oldest brewpub, Great Waters Brewing Company, to close November 18

St. Paul’s oldest brewpub, Great Waters Brewing Company, will pour its last pint on November 18. The brewpub, which opened in 1997, issued a public announcement on its Facebook page on Saturday afternoon that it would be closing its doors for good. Great Waters’ location in downtown St. Paul at the corner of St. Peter … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing to open second brewery and taproom in Milwaukee

Indeed Brewing is expanding its operations in Wisconsin by building a second brewery and taproom in Milwaukee. The new 10-barrel brewery will be located at 530 South Second Street in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, which co-owner Tom Whisenand says reminds him distinctly of their home hood of Northeast Minneapolis. Whisenand says that, while the project … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): The Nordic Brewing Company in Monticello

A new adventure with every beer and every visit: such is the quest of Monticello, Minnesota’s newest brewery, The Nordic Brewing Company. Nordic opened less than a year after fellow Monticello brewery Rustech Brewing and is guided by its owners’ passion for beer, community, and fantasy—something owners/founders Zach Barthel, Matt Belz, and Laura Belz hopes resonates with … [ Read more]

25 Years of Craft Beer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis: Q&A with head brewer Larry Skellenger

Minnesota continued to see a steady rise in its number of craft breweries in 2018, but the state’s oldest brewpub still in operation is celebrating a major milestone. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Minneapolis opened 25 years ago as the second location of the brewpub chain, which began in Denver in 1991 and now … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LocAle Brewing Company in Mankato

Jim and Lauren Parejko want LocAle Brewing Company to be infused with all-things Minnesota—Blue Earth County in particular. The logo for their Mankato brewery features a hop-shaped bison (a nod to nearby Minneopa State Park, where herds of the giant mammals are free to roam 331 acres), and they try to use at least one … [ Read more]

Har Mar Superstar is opening a bar in Moorhead with fellow musicians

Plenty of people dream of opening a bar with their closest friends. Even more people dream of being successful full-time musicians. Few people actually make either dream become reality. Even fewer do both. Welcome to the story of Eric Odness (bassist for Primitive Weapons), Rob Pope (bassist for Spoon), and Frank Bevan (former frontman for … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): La Doña Cervecería

Minnesota craft beer with a Latin influence.” This is the main point that Sergio Manancero arrives at as we discuss the genesis of La Doña Cervecería, the latest taproom to open its doors in Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood. The fusion of Manancero’s heritage and Minnesota’s craft beer scene extends beyond the beer filling the glasses at … [ Read more]

Fair State hires Jerrod Johnson as Director of Brewing Operations

Jerrod Johnson, the former co–head brewer at Surly Brewing Company, has been named the Director of Brewing Operations at Fair State Brewing Cooperative. Co-founder Niko Tonks will remain head brewer, continuing to focus on recipe development in the original Minneapolis brewery, while Johnson will manage operations at the production facility in St. Paul, helping to … [ Read more]