Now Open: Roundhouse Brewery’s new Nisswa location

Roundhouse Brewery has been brewing beer in Brainerd since April 2016, but a move last summer saw the railroad-themed brewery chugging down the line to a new Nisswa location that was previously home to Gull Dam Brewing Co. Gull Dam closed at the end of 2018 due to the owners retiring, leaving the Nisswa brewery … [ Read more]

Now Open: Luce Line Brewing in Plymouth

The Luce Line State Trail is a popular spot for bicycling, jogging, or even cross country skiing. While it’s nice to sip some water after an intense time on the trail, you can now grab a beer at the newly opened Luce Line Brewing Co. Luce Line Brewing co-owner and co-founder Kate Coward is intimate … [ Read more]

Now Open: Foremost Brewing Cooperative in Owatonna

Roger Warehime remembers the first time he toured an old, city-owned building in Owatonna, Minnesota, with a painted sign on the brick exterior reading, “Owatonna’s People Press, Owatonna’s Foremost Advertiser.” He and his fellow board members were searching for a location to open a new brewpub. “We kind of picked up on that word,” Warehime … [ Read more]

Now Open: Ineffable Brewing Company in Burnsville

After Nutmeg Brewhouse closed in Burnsville, the space was quickly filled with the smell of hops and malt once again as Ineffable Brewing Co. made its way onto the craft beer scene on October 17, 2020. Husband and wife duo, Richard and Barbara Stein, always had a dream of starting a business together. That dream, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Revel Brewing in Park Rapids

Park Rapids, Minnesota, home of the Headwaters of the Mississippi and a scenic downtown lined with charming shops, has a new attraction: Revel Brewing. Owners and married couple Dylon and Katie Deschene opened the brewery in their hometown on September 12, 2020, after developing a love for craft beer while living in Colorado. While they … [ Read more]

Now Open: Bricksworth Beer Co. in Burnsville

If you share a rectangular, crispy, chewy, thick Detroit-style pizza topped with crisped cheese all around the edges with Bricksworth Beer Co. owner Cooper Johnson, you may have to muscle him away from his favorite corner pieces. Johnson is not really a fan of most pizza. But the brewpub’s chef Angelo Pennacchio, previously the chef-owner … [ Read more]

Now Open: Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro

Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro opened on October 15 • Photo by Karen Heimdahl, Sylvan Brewing Lanesboro is a Minnesota tourism hotspot. Bicyclists and motorcyclists love to ride around the area, there are numerous activities tied to the Root River, and the town known as Minnesota’s Bed and Breakfast capital even boasts two theaters. Sylvan Brewing … [ Read more]

Now Open: South x Southeast Brewery in Pine Island

Grand Rounds Brewpub opened its doors in 2015 in the heart of downtown Rochester, just a short walk away from the Mayo Clinic and among plenty of foot traffic. By all accounts, a great location to be in. In 2019, Grand Rounds’ founder Tessa Leung announced a big move: the brewpub was to move to … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 2020

FINNEGANS Keeper Keller Pils John Garland, Deputy Editor I’ve spent nearly all of my beer money this summer at FINNEGANS. The brewery directs all of its profits to fighting food insecurity (and is nearing the milestone of $2 million donated) but is now facing financial difficulty due to the pandemic (they were unable to open … [ Read more]

Letter from The Growler’s Founder and Publisher Matt Kenevan

Dear Readers: The Growler Magazine was founded at a momentous point in Minnesota craft beer’s history. While there were a handful of craft breweries in the state that had outlasted the shakeout of the mid-1990s, when the laws changed in 2011 to allow production breweries to sell beer on-site in taprooms, the scene absolutely exploded. … [ Read more]

The Mash Up is back—and so are the new beer releases

With over 185 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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ Read more]

From garage, to bowling alley, to brewery taproom: Lazy Loon Brewing in Glencoe’s path to opening (and surviving)

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Jonathan Lueck’s persistence combined with his passion for crafting—creating beer and woodworking—can be found at Lazy Loon Brewing Company. Lueck’s day … [ Read more]

Now Open: Rendezvous Brewery in Hackensack

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Rendezvous Brewery just opened in what can only be described as a quintessential lake town. The town of Hackensack has about … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS nearing $2 million donation milestone, but brewery finances are at a critical point

Since its inception in 2000, FINNEGANS’ mission statement has been to raise awareness of and combat food insecurity in communities across the Midwest. The company has truly put their money where their mouth is—donating 100 percent of its profits to charity since 2011 in order to line food shelves with locally grown produce. By September … [ Read more]

ONE Fermentary & Taproom Closes Indefinitely

ONE Fermentary & Taproom closed indefinitely Monday following the resignations of its head brewer Ramsey Louder, BIPOC staff, co-founder Joseph Alton, and taproom manager Kel Perlick. The brewery is facing mounting criticism that its majority owner Sally Schmidt did not do enough to adhere to its mission of being a brewery welcoming diversity and fostering … [ Read more]