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]

BlackStack brings in a familiar face to head new mixed-culture beer program

BlackStack Brewing, which opened in 2017 in Midway, is starting up its own mixed culture program, with an established sour brewer at the helm: Mat Waddell, the former head brewer and co-owner of Wild Mind Artisan Ales. After selling his interest in Wild Mind and announcing his departure from the company at the start of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Schram Haus Brewery in Chaska

After a 60-year hiatus, Chaska will once again have a brewery when Schram Haus Brewery opens May 3. Located on a bluff overlooking the city’s historic downtown area, Schram Haus’ modern take on a German beer hall will also pay homage to the city’s rich brewing history, dating back to the mid-1800s. If the name … [ Read more]

First Look: Bad Habit Brewing expands into new taproom

Oh man, what if this doesn’t turn out? What if people don’t come back?” Those were the questions running through Aaron Rieland’s mind in October 2015 as he prepared to open the doors to Bad Habit Brewing in St. Joseph. Now, after three and a half years of unexpected growth and success, he and his … [ Read more]

Update: Omnibus Liquor Bill passed in senate without Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild-supported amendments

Updated on April 4, 2019 at 2:00pm: The Omnibus Liquor Bill was passed by the Minnesota State Senate without two amendments supported by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MCBG). The Growler Cap Bill (S.F. 1737) was offered for debate by Sen. Housley, who altered the amendment by dropping the cap for breweries to sell growlers … [ Read more]

Craft beer growth slows to 4%, record number of craft brewery closings in 2018

The Brewers Association released its 2018 growth figures for craft beer on April 2 and it contained some stark statistics for the industry. Not only did craft beer volume growth fall for the third year straight, slowing to 4% in 2018—down from 5% in 2017 and 6% in 2016—but the industry saw a record number … [ Read more]

‘ONE’ of a kind brewpub coming to the North Loop

Two names familiar to Minnesota’s beer industry are behind a new brewery project in the North Loop of Minneapolis—ONE Fermentary & Taproom. Ramsey Louder, formerly a brewer at Dangerous Man Brewing Company and most recently a cellarman at New Holland Brewing in Michigan, and Joseph Alton, the former editor-in-chief of The Growler Magazine, are starting … [ Read more]

Three Minnesota breweries among the top 50 in the U.S.

Three Minnesota breweries are on the Brewers Association’s annual lists of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the U.S. and the 50 top overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Summit Brewing Company, August Schell Brewing Company, and Surly Brewing Company came in at 24th, 25th, and 34th, respectively, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena

After two years of planning, Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena, Minnesota, will finally enjoy its grand opening on Friday, March 15. Housed in a vintage hardware store on the corner of Jefferson Street and Aldrich Avenue in historic downtown Wadena, about three hours northwest of the Twin Cities, Drastic Measures Brewing is owned by Brett … [ Read more]

Falling Knife has no handle, but it does have a brewhouse

There’s a new brewery taking over the former NorthGate Brewing space off of Highway 280 and Broadway in Minneapolis—Falling Knife Brewing Company. After a potential sale of NorthGate to Tod Fyten fell through, Falling Knife founders Andy Rutledge, Dan Herman, and Tom Berg toured the 7,400-square-foot brewery, which still has NorthGate’s 20-barrel brewing system installed, … [ Read more]

The Brewer’s Dilemma: Are hard seltzer and NA a trend or the future of the industry?

Ask any market researcher in 2015 to define the future of craft beer and the answer would have been “more beer.” Craft brewing was soaring, with brewery numbers overtaking the pre-Prohibition era and a veritable flood of SKUs hitting liquor store shelves. Ask that same economist about the future of beer in 2019 and the … [ Read more]

Now Open: Under Pressure Brewing Company in Golden Valley

One of Minnesota’s most lauded and detail-driven homebrewers is finally seeing her brewery dreams come to fruition with the opening of Under Pressure Brewing Company in Golden Valley. Lori Ertl, alongside her co-owners and co-brewers John Keenan and Tyler Marchiniak, decided to pursue large-scale brewing because of the way it blends passion, production, and people. “There … [ Read more]

Rise of the Super Yeast: Will an ancient Norwegian yeast revolutionize American craft beer?

I n early 2017, Lance Shaner received a package in Chicago postmarked from Norway. With great anticipation, he delicately opened the box, revealing contents that had the potential to shape the trajectory of modern craft brewing. The product wasn’t a new one, though. It was ancient. To Shaner’s relief, the contents had survived their journey. … [ Read more]