The Mash-Up: Berliner weisse and Brasa 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: Union 32 Craft House






Dan Redpath once sold jet fuel for a living. But, just a month before his 50th birthday, he made a serious career change. “Now I sell a different kind of fuel!” he laughs. After 13 years of homebrewing and building a passion for craft beer, he is now the proud managing partner of Eagan’s newest … [ Read more]

New species of cold-tolerant yeast could yield better lager






Yeast—it ferments our beer, leavens our bread, and is found virtually everywhere on earth. But despite the many thousands of yeast strains catalogued in collections around the world, it’s estimated that we’ve only identified perhaps as little as 10 percent of what exists in nature. Thanks to a group of researchers at the University of Manchester, … [ Read more]

Meet the man who helped make Sunday Sales the law of the land






Despite not working in the beverage industry, Andrew Schmitt has had a hand in changing it for every citizen in the state. As a result of his efforts, Minnesotans will experience a brand new phenomenon this weekend—buying alcohol on a Sunday. Schmitt (or “Schmitty” as he’s often affectionately referred to in the industry) was there, sitting in … [ Read more]

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company coming to Hudson, Wisc., this fall






At the time Justin Terbeest and his wife, Melissa, started their brewery endeavor, the City of Hudson had an ordinance on the books prohibiting breweries in the downtown zoning districts. But just this past May, the city changed its ordinances, clearing the way for the couple to build their brewery, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, in … [ Read more]

Researchers’ carbon capture system could cut emissions and costs for small breweries






Carbon capture technology developed for power plants may just help craft breweries reuse carbon dioxide from their fermentation processes and slash their costs, thanks to the work from group of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Department of Energy’s Lab-Corps Pilot Program. Carbon dioxide is an essential component used in the beer industry, but it’s also a byproduct of … [ Read more]

Now Open: Alloy Brewing in Coon Rapids






When two or more of the right metallic elements are combined into one, the alloy can be greater in strength or more resistant to corrosion. Coon Rapids’ new brewery, Alloy Brewing, is built on the premise of collaboration that creates a whole greater than the sum of its parts—from brewing, to the taproom, to the team … [ Read more]

Now Open: Karst Brewing Co.






When Eric Luoma and his wife Sandra Seha-Luoma heard about a building for sale in Fountain, Minnesota, halfway between Rochester and Decorah, Iowa, the couple thought the sleepy town would be a good place to finally retire. However, with Eric’s love of science and people and Sandra’s knack for hosting, the Luomas couldn’t resist the … [ Read more]

Wisconsin breweries and wineries on guard after proposal to ban direct sales revealed






As the negotiations over the Wisconsin state budget continues this week, a memo obtained by a conservative group has the Badger State’s microbreweries and wineries mobilizing to head off a proposal that would end direct retail sales and self-distribution for the beverage producers. According to report by the Associated Press, the memo, which was obtained by the Wisconsin … [ Read more]

South Minneapolis getting new neighborhood watering hole in Venn Brewing Company






Connie and Kyle Sisco have signed a lease, and construction has begun on Venn Brewing Company, a brewery and taproom in South Minneapolis that they hope to open around the holidays. The concept for Venn has been kicked around for a couple of years, with different partners and places considered over time, but the newest … [ Read more]

Bug Hunters: Bootleg Biology is collecting and cataloging the world’s wild yeast






Mitch Ermatinger wanted a truly unique brewery. He wanted Speciation Artisan Ales to showcase what he knows best—spontaneous sour beers and wild farmhouse ales. So he turned to Bootleg Biology to make his mixed-culture fermentations stand out from the pack. “Funk Weapon #2 is in all of my beer, as well as some yeast that … [ Read more]

Culture of Excellence: For the betterment of beer, every brewery must invest in the science of quality assurance






Riley Seitz grew up right along with Minnesota’s craft beer industry. In 1989, her dad took a job at a fledgling Summit Brewing, then located on University Avenue, where she’d drink 1919 Root Beer and get rides up and down the ramp of the keg cooler. But the highlight for Seitz was heading down to … [ Read more]

Brewing a Better Industry: Rahr’s new tech center is putting beer ingredients to the test






It’s early morning in the small brewhouse. A brewer doughs in a unique blend of malts for a variation on an American pale ale. Bright sunlight shines through a full wall of windows and into the brewery, cutting through a column of steam and illuminating the state-of-the-art stainless steel brew system. Outside, the morning glow … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: 50 Lady Gaga inspired beers, new breweries, and more






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): Hoops Brewing






It’s been over one-and-a-half years in the works, and is the culmination of a highly-successful career in the craft beer industry, but master brewer Dave Hoops is set to open the eponymous Hoops Brewing brewery and beer hall, in Duluth’s Canal Park, in late June. It’s the first foray into brewery ownership for Hoops, a six-time Great … [ Read more]