Where the Wild Beers Are: More Minnesota brewers are investing in mixed-culture programs

Ten years ago, locally made wild and spontaneously fermented ales were rarities. Most examples found in liquor stores and in beer bars were imported Belgian lambics and Flemish red and browns ales. Local brewers were so reluctant to introduce wild yeasts and bacteria in their brewhouse for fear of contaminating their non-sour beers that it … [ Read more]

7 Minnesota breweries take gold, silver, and bronze at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Over 7,000 beers from around the world were judged in over 130 style categories for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship, and seven Minnesota breweries came away with 10 total medals. The U.S. Open Beer Championship was judged blind by judges from England, Canada, and the United States. Unlike other beer competitions, it is the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Gose, Keller Pilsners, and POG juice beers for your weekend enjoyment

With over 175 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 … [ Read more]

Now Open: Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Warroad

Summer Road Warriors, here’s a new destination to put on your map: Minnesota’s northernmost brewery, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Warroad, Minnesota. The original Lake of the Woods Brewing Company got its start in 1898 on the northern shores of Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario. It stayed in operation until 1954 … [ Read more]

You’d Start Drinking Beer Too If You Lived With 18 dudes in a 3-Bedroom House

One Wednesday every month, Paul Colling of Forest Lake, Minnesota, meets his college buddies for beers at a local taproom. Since this tradition began in late 2015, Colling and about a dozen others have visited over 40 Twin Cities breweries. On this particular Wednesday, Colling is in Lowertown St. Paul, where pouring rain and blowing wind … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Oldenburg Brewing Company in Belle Plaine

When the owners of the newly opened Oldenburg Brewing Company calls it a family-oriented brewpub, they don’t just mean that kids are allowed in the taproom. Don and Colt Oldenburg aren’t just co-owners and co-brewers—they are also father and son. Two generations of Oldenburgs have called Belle Plaine home and, during that time, owned many … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 22 Northmen Brewing Co. in Alexandria

June 15, 2019, will mark the grand opening of 22 Northmen Brewing Co., and the realization of a longstanding vision for the owners of the adjacent Carlos Creek Winery. Tami and Kim Bredeson have contemplated building a brewery to complement their winery as far back as 2009. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the hiring of … [ Read more]

4 Midwestern brewing companies outgrow their spaces, expand to new facilities

Four brewing companies in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and eastern North Dakota have outgrown their original spaces and are expanding to new locations—some just in time for the busy summer season, others with plans for completion later this year. In 2018, just one year after opening, Drumconrath Brewing Company in eastern North Dakota upgraded their three-barrel … [ Read more]

Tickets now on sale for Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

The Growler Magazine is proud to announce the launch of a brand new kind of beer festival series, never before seen in Minnesota or the U.S.—Unlabeled: A Blind Tasting Showdown. Similar to other beer festivals, Unlabeled will allow attendees the chance to sample dozens of beers from different breweries. The twist? The tasting is 100 … [ Read more]

Lupulin Brewing Company Acquiring Hydra Beer Company, Opening Second Lupulin Taproom in Sioux Falls, SD

South Dakotans living on the South Dakota/Minnesota border have been able to get Lupulin Brewing Company’s beers at liquor stores and on tap throughout their state since April 2019, when the Big Lake, Minnesota, brewery expanded its brewhouse and partnered with Global Distributing, Inc. Soon, they’ll also be able to post up at Lupulin’s second brewery … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin

Since opening in March, Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin, Minnesota, has quickly become a popular spot for locals to gather and enjoy local beers and unique, homemade food, bringing back a much-appreciated slice of nightlife to the town. Now, after a busy grand-opening event over Memorial Day weekend, their own beer has finally joined … [ Read more]

Lowertown St. Paul brewery announces closure, effective June 1

Nearly two years after opening, Lowertown St. Paul’s 12welve Eyes Brewing has called it quits, shutting its doors for good as of June 1, 2019. 12welve Eyes Brewing’s brewery and taproom was located in the basement of the Historic Pioneer Endicott building off of 4th Street East in downtown St. Paul. Like many of the … [ Read more]

Now Open: Pig Ate My Pizza Kitchen + Brewery in Robbinsdale

Andy Goettsch cut his teeth in Italian fine dining. Each dish he prepared required time-consuming techniques and attention to detail, and any missteps were easy to taste. After 15 years in kitchens, including five as chef de cuisine for Travail, his passion shifted to an equally time-intensive craft: brewing. Now, as head brewer for the … [ Read more]

Letter from the Publisher: On the Origins of the Pride in Brewing Scholarship

Just over a year ago, my company received a troubling message from a brewery in response to an invitation from my Beer Dabbler events director to participate in the Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride 2018. This brewery, hearing that our event was in celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community, told us that they … [ Read more]

Dogfish Head and Boston Beer Company team up in landmark merger

Northeast craft beer giant Boston Beer Company, creators of Sam Adams, and Delaware-based Dogfish Head announced their plans to merge today in a landmark deal for the industry. According to a joint press release, the merger deal is valued at $300 million and the joint company will still qualify as an independent craft brewery under … [ Read more]