Brew Local, Export Global: U.S. microbreweries test the waters in international markets

International exports might seem at odds with American craft brewing. We think of U.S. craft brewers as focused on breaking into neighboring states, not neighboring countries. But in 2017, nearly half a million barrels of U.S. craft beer was exported by land or by sea. While it’s routinely positioned as a “local” product in a locavore … [ Read more]

Original brewery of Duluth’s Lincoln Park ‘Craft District’ closes

Duluth’s oldest craft brewery, Lake Superior Brewing Co., has shuttered after a quarter of a century of business. While no official announcement has been made by the company, Lake Superior Brewing Co.’s brewery and taproom in the Lincoln Park neighborhood has been locked since December and its state brewery license expired in August 2019 according … [ Read more]

The Taste Test: What we learned from blind tasting 70 hard seltzers in search of the best

Hard seltzer came upon us suddenly. It materialized out of nowhere at a Fourth of July barbecue. In a cooler on a fishing trip. At the concession stand of a townball park. We don’t recall asking for it, and yet there it appeared in some faint shade of berry or lime, conjured into our hand … [ Read more]

Cornerstone Craft Beer Bar The Happy Gnome to Close December 22

Craft beer institution The Happy Gnome in St. Paul will close Sunday, December 22, according to the company’s Instagram. The Happy Gnome first opened its doors in 2006 and quickly became a landmark for local craft beer fans thanks to its sprawling and well-curated beer selection that eventually encompassed 90 taps. The gastropub was originally … [ Read more]

From a Fire to Portage Brewing Company 2.0: A letter from co-founder Jeff Vondenkamp

I’ll never forget the morning of January 6th, 2019, when we awoke to news that our brewery was destroyed. Through a barrage of missed calls and texts, I managed to get my dad on the phone—all I could hear beneath the sirens and yelling was the faintest, “it’s gone, the brewery is gone.” From the … [ Read more]

New Belgium selling 100% of the company to Kirin-owned Lion Little World Beverages

N ew Belgium Brewing Company, the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S., has reached an agreement to sell 100% of the company to the Kirin-owned Lion Little World Beverages, making the Belgian beer specialists the latest buyout in a series of major brewery acquisitions this year. According to Brewbound, the all-cash transaction will take place … [ Read more]

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]

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