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]

Birch’s Lowertown brings its small-batch, artisan ethos to Market House Collaborative

Birch’s Lowertown opened for business in the Market House Collaborative building in St. Paul on Tuesday, September 11, bringing its small-batch, handcrafted brewing ethos to a thriving brewery neighborhood. This is the second Birch’s brewpub for co-owners Burt Joseph and Brennan Greene, and they join Market House tenants Octo Fishbar, Peterson Craftsman Meats, Almanac Fish, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Gravity Storm Brewery Cooperative in Austin, Minnesota

Jimmy Buffett fans know that his music has a certain vibe, one that evokes escaping to an island to relax. With Gravity Storm Brewery Cooperative, former teacher Brian Davis has created an escape of his own, leaving behind a career in education to open a brewery in downtown Austin, Minnesota, just across the street from … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth

Mark and Ben Hugus brewed their first batch of Big Bad John Double IPA five years ago, the day after their father’s funeral. “The first batch was brewed with the whole family,” Ben says. “Mark, myself, uncles, aunts, our sister—everyone was there and had a hand in it.” What they knew then held true as … [ Read more]

Vote for the 2018 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards

The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards are back! This August, we collected nominations from you, our readers, and tallied the results. Now, with the final list of nominees set, we need you to cast your vote to decide the best of the best in Minnesota’s drink, food, and culture scenes. The voting period ends on … [ Read more]

Bad Habit Brewing moving to St. Joseph’s old city hall

St. Joseph’s Bad Habit Brewing has some big changes in store for 2019. The brewery, which has called its downtown location home since opening in 2015, is moving its operation around the corner to the old city hall. “We’re looking at moving just for the sheer fact that we’re running out of room here,” says founder … [ Read more]

Minnesota breweries haul in 12 medals at 2018 Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s largest beer festival with 800 breweries pouring 4,000 beers, came to a close Saturday, but not before 11 Minnesota breweries were awarded with 12 medals in the 2018 GABF competition, four of which were gold. Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Company won gold in the classic Saison category for its … [ Read more]

Boom Island Brewing Company eyeing west suburbs for new location

After almost eight years calling the Hawthorne/Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis home, Boom Island Brewing Company on Saturday, September 8, announced it would be seeking a new location. The decision came after four people were shot just steps from the brewery on Friday, September 7. One of the shooting victims died. The company launched a … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): BeerClub Brewing in Mora

Riding motorcycles across the peaks and valleys of the Alps provides an incredible thrill each year for Jon Gorham, Pat Gorham, and Fred Holm. But one of the most exciting moments of their journey waits at the end: savoring stein after stein of German beer at Oktoberfest in Munich. The friends’ love of beer extends … [ Read more]

Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke! Hoist a stein at all the 2018 Oktoberfest events across Minnesota

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria celebrated his marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen with the most boisterous party Munich had ever known, inviting everyone in the city to partake in the festivities. The party finally wrapped up five (!) days later with a final horse race. Thus began the annual … [ Read more]

Thirsty Pagan Brewing moving to Superior’s Soo Line Railway Station

Superior, Wisconsin’s Thirsty Pagan Brewing has announced plans to move from its current space at 1623 Broadway Street to the Historic Soo Line Railway Station, a 110-year-old building also in Superior that has hosted a wide array of businesses since its construction in 1908. To date, the Soo Line Railway Station, located one block from … [ Read more]

Tallgrass Brewing Co. indefinitely suspends operations, lays off employees

Kansas’ largest brewery announced Friday, August 24, the suspension of its production brewery, effective August 25. According to an article published August 24 by Brewbound, Tallgrass Brewing Company, based out of Manhattan, Kansas, and the makers of such popular brands as 8-Bit and Buffalo Sweat, has suspended operations indefinitely and laid off approximately 20 employees. … [ Read more]

Tasting Notes: All 27 new drinks at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 makes the biggest lineup of new craft beverages ever at the Minnesota State Fair. We sampled 27 new drinks—a wild array of beers, ciders, and wine cocktails made with fruits, vegetables, vanilla, sugar, spice, and everything Minnesota nice. Here are our tasting notes (listed alphabetically within each group). You can also find our Complete … [ Read more]