10 things you need to know about Winter Beer Dabbler 2018

Dabbler Day is nearly upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited. This year’s event is shaping up to be the best one yet, incoming snowstorm and all. For those who are new to the Winter Beer Dabbler, or just as a quick refresher for everyone before Saturday, here are 10 things that you may … [ Read more]

Minnesota brewers keeping it classy at Winterfest 2018 [PHOTOS]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild‘s annual Winterfest returned to St. Paul’s Union Depot Saturday night for a sophisticated evening of beer drinking. In a new format this year, local restaurants were paired up with a group of Minnesota breweries, and brought one standout dish to complement their partners’ beer. Minnesota BBQ Company carved up some seriously … [ Read more]

Conjuring Up Equality: Witch Hunt provides education and advocacy for women in beer

If you’d told Witch Hunt co-founders Sarah Williams, Rose Picklo, and Barb Gettel a couple years ago that dozens of women would show up at 9am on a Saturday to brew beer and learn about the history of women in beer, they wouldn’t have believed it. Not because the interest wasn’t there, but because, until … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Blue Wolf Brewing Company

Over 20 years ago, a wife bought her husband his first Mr. Beer kit. This is the story of so many Christmases and birthdays and special occasions. But for Mike and Jennifer Campbell, that simple gift sparked a decades-long dream: a dream that is finally coming to fruition in a taproom in Brooklyn Park. Jennifer … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Barrel-Aged Darkness, anniversary parties, and doppelbocks galore

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]

Busting Up the Brotherhood of Beer: Time to confront sexism & harassment in the industry

Last April, the Brewers Association announced that it would no longer publicize medals won by beers with sexist names or labels. From now on, beers like Thong Remover, PD (Panty Dropper), and Pearl Necklace could win in competition, but the win would not be published. The comment threads and forum posts that followed the announcement … [ Read more]

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild 2018 Winterfest brewery and restaurant pairings announced

For 16 years, Winterfest has been filled to the brim with beer lovers, breweries, and brewpubs. In year 17 though organizers are kicking it up a notch, not just showcasing 100 Minnesota craft breweries, but also some of the region’s best restaurants and chefs. In a new format, a local restaurant or chef will be … [ Read more]

Bauhaus’ revamped taproom re-opens with full table service

At last, the new-and-improved Bauhaus taproom is opening once again. This time, with more table space and, most exciting of all, full table service. On Saturday, the brewery is officially re-opening its doors after a complete renovation of both the brewery and taproom. It’s a facelift that communications and marketing manager Maura Hagerty Schwandt says … [ Read more]

Launch of edible six-pack rings offer brewers an eco-friendly alternative

Plastic six-pack holders and have long been a danger to dolphins, sea turtles, and seabirds, which can die from entanglement or ingestion. But the team behind an edible, biodegradable six-pack ring are rolling out an eco-friendly solution to the problem. Everyone knows that plastic waste is a huge problem in the world’s oceans. But in … [ Read more]

Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant up for sale in Sauk Rapids

A year and a half after opening its doors, Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant in Sauk Rapids is up for sale. Owner Roy Dodds announced his decision to sell both the business and property Wednesday morning, citing both health issues and difficulties to succeed in a competitive market as his reasons for selling. In a statement … [ Read more]

U of M paving the way toward better barley, stronger hops

It’s not a question of if, but when an invasive species will threaten Minnesota hop crops. That’s not meant to scare local hop growers or breweries that use them. It’s just something University of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer is trying to prevent with his research. Luckily, he and two other U of M professors have … [ Read more]

Northern Brewer alums opening Arbeiter Brewing in South Minneapolis

Three Northern Brewer veterans and a brewer from Town Hall are working to bring a new brewery to life in South Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood. This fall, Arbeiter Brewing (German for “worker”) will open in the former Harriet Brewing space on Minnehaha Avenue. Though they’re in the earliest stages of building out the 15-barrel brewery and … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Beers with cinnamon, chilies, and ‘everything but the sink’

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]

Lyft-branded beer debuting in Chicago, includes ride discounts

Lyft, the popular rideshare service, is working with Chicago’s Baderbräu Brewing Company to release cans of its own Lyft-branded beer in the Chicago market. “We know through data that nightlife is one of our largest business segments, especially going out on a Friday or Saturday night,” David Katcher, general manager for Lyft in the Midwest, told … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Ashby Brewing Company

Locals in quaint Ashby, Minnesota, population 436, have long congregated at their restaurant, bar, and American Legion hall over pints of beer. With the October opening of Ashby Brewing Company, this small town has something a lot more exciting to sip on than light lager. Justin Flatgard, co-owner and head brewer of the newly open … [ Read more]