Now Open (Or Damn Close): ONE Fermentary & Taproom in Minneapolis

Since its conception, ONE Fermentary & Taproom has been out to break the mold. Initially, ONE was planning to open a brewery without a brewhouse. Instead, the brewpub would only be outfitted with a variety of fermentation vessels and partner with other breweries to mash, boil, and ship them wort—the sugar water a brewery ferments … [ Read more]

New brewpub, Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery, coming to Maple Plain

Maple Plain will soon be getting its very own brewpub, The Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery. Complete with house-brewed beer, guest taps, a full food menu, and a house cocktail program, the project located at 1500 Howard Avenue is led by wife-husband duo Mary and Todd Murley, with Todd working as the head brewer. For … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Fat Pants Brewing Co. in Eden Prairie

When it comes to food and drink in Eden Prairie, just about every chain and franchise you’ve ever heard is represented. But nestled between Purgatory Creek and the gargantuan Eden Prairie Center mall complex lies something the booming southwest suburb hasn’t seen in a long time. A brewery. Fat Pants Brewing Co. is set to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Forgotten Star Brewing Co. in Fridley

The wait is over. Fridley, Minnesota, you have now officially been baptized into the Twin Cities brewery scene. Located in one of Minnesota’s most historic buildings, in the sprawling Northern Stacks complex off East River Road, Forgotten Star Brewing Co. is an overdue and much-anticipated addition to the craft brewing congregation of the metro. “[The … [ Read more]

Forager Brewery launching new beer brand Humble Forager for distribution

Since opening in 2015, the only way to get your hands on Forager Brewery’s beer has been to visit the Rochester brewpub. But soon the brewery’s beers will be distributed under a new beer brand set to launch in early 2020—Humble Forager Brewery. Humble Forager Brewery will use recipes developed at Forager Brewery to produce … [ Read more]

In largest Great American Beer Festival competition ever, two Minnesota breweries score gold

Out of over 100 categories judged at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Minnesota breweries medaled in four, including two golds. St. Paul’s Barrel Theory Beer Company took a gold medal in the specialty Berliner category for Midwest Exotic, a gose with calamansi, blood orange, tangerine, and peach. “Super cool,” Barrel Theory co-founder Brett … [ Read more]

Now Open: Inver Grove Brewing Company in Inver Grove Heights

A brewpub isn’t just a brewery with a restaurant or restaurant with a brewery. It’s an agent of change, according to Megan Seiler and Glen Bruestle of Inver Grove Brewing Company, which opened on September 21. Bruestle and his wife Kate and Seiler and her husband Don, who own the brewpub with head brewer Taylor … [ Read more]

Lowertown Letdown: Birch’s now the second brewery in the neighborhood up for sale

St. Paul brewpub Birch’s Lowertown has been listed for sale, just over one calendar year after they opened for business in the neighborhood’s Market House Collaborative building. The Growler became aware of Birch’s Lowertown’s intention to sell their brewery via a classified ad listing on ProBrewer, an industry-insider resource. The short ad, credited by name … [ Read more]

First Look: Copper Trail Brewing Company’s new taproom in Alexandria

I f there’s been one constant at Copper Trail Brewing Co. since they opened in 2016, it’s been growth. “Our plan was—start up, get the loan […] and as we get comfortable with our system, we’d add [additional] tanks,” Graf recalls their plan from 2016. But business at Copper Trail took off much quicker than … [ Read more]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ribbon-Worthy: Tasting notes of 48 new drinks at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

The Growler’s review of the new beverages at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair was supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt.  Cotton candy and toasted pumpkin seeds, lavender and passion fruit, Red Bull and White Claw—together at last. There’s no lack of … [ Read more]

When Beer Met Chiles

Jack Pine Brewery’s Vengeance! Jalapeño Cream Ale is no mere novelty. This beer helped the Baxter, Minnesota-based brewery land Brewery of the Year at Grand View Lodge’s Grand Tasting in 2013 and the People’s Choice Award at the St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour in 2014. A bronze medal in the Chile Beer category at the … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

It’s the most Minnesotan time of the year, folks: State Fair time. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from Minnesota’s breweries and cideries. Fair beverages are 12 days of devil-may-care: stuffed with fruits, pickled with veggies, ringed with cotton candy, frozen into slushies, or … [ Read more]

The Taste Test: Hazy IPA

The Growler’s editorial staff partnered with official BJCP judges in a blind tasting to determine the best Hazy IPAs in Minnesota. The results may surprise you.

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]