Was Ist Oktoberfest? A brief history of Germany’s biggest festival and the beer that defines it

Munich’s Oktoberfest is the biggest and best-known of Germany’s many Volksfeste. These “people’s festivals” feature beer and wine tents plus live entertainment, parades, and carnival midways and rides. Tied to the agrarian rhythms of planting and harvest, or sometimes in commemoration of seasonal markets or liturgical events, Volksfeste are held in spring, summer or autumn … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Festbiers, Yam Beer, State Fair Beers Pouring in a Taproom Near You

With over 175 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 … [ 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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Fergus Brewing Co. in Fergus Falls

Mounted on the northernmost wall of the brewing space, Saint Arnold of Metz presides over the final preparations at the nearly-opened Fergus Brewing Co. “He’s the patron saint of brewers,” shares head brewer Andy Beck. “He watches over me when I brew. He got a lot of people to drink beer instead of the contaminated … [ Read more]

Now Open: Forbidden Barrel Brewing in Worthington, Minn.

When Worthington, Minnesota, was settled in 1872 by professor and Prohibitionist Ransom Humiston and A.P. Miller, it was meant to be a town free of alcohol. But then, as the town residents tell the tale, Civil War veterans moved to town with a thirst for beer. Next thing you know, Humiston is destroying a keg … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Off-the-Wall Beer Releases for the Three-Day Weekend

With over 175 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 … [ Read more]

Out Picking: Harvesting with Urban Forage Winery and Cider House’s Jeff Zeitler

Jeff Zeitler is tireless. The co-owner of Urban Forage Winery & Cider House has a vision—to create high-quality small-batch hard ciders, meads, and wine from local, crowd-sourced fruit, flowers, and honey—and he uses his trailblazing attitude to carry it out.   “We make stuff that is real [free of artificial chemicals and preservatives] and it’s … [ Read more]

Now Open: Boom Island Brewing’s new taproom in Minnetonka

A change of scenery can often work wonders to rekindle the embers of personal creativity. Visual artists change studios, musicians and writers hole up in cabins or other remote spaces, but for brewers, whose tools are industrial in size, it’s not so easy. If the size of the smile on Boom Island head brewer and … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: The Great Minnesota Get-Together inspires some funky releases

With over 175 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 … [ 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]

The Mash-Up: Tropical, berry, and fruit-laden beers for summer festivals

With over 175 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 … [ Read more]

Now Open: Trout City Brewing in Preston, Minn.

A giant trout statue welcomes you to Preston, Minnesota. Downtown, a bicycle rack shaped like the fish jumps out of the sidewalk. The city has dubbed itself “Minnesota’s Trout Capital,” so it’s only natural that its new brewery, opening August 15 next to the National Trout Center, would name itself accordingly—Trout City Brewing—and prominently feature … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Thesis Beer Project in Rochester

The central thesis of Thesis Beer Project is to make good beer and do good. Located in Rochester’s uptown neighborhood a stone’s throw away from Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys campus, Thesis Beer Project will be the city’s sixth brewery when co-owners Allyson Palmer and Adam Fredericksen open its doors on August 13. The building is immediately … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Hops are front and center in this week’s releases

With over 175 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 … [ Read more]

Opinion: Why Craft Beer Is Dying

Simon Nielsen is the head brewer at Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, Wisconsin. He has worked in the craft beer industry for six years. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.  As I write this, I am sitting at the counter of a coffee shop in my hometown of Appleton, … [ Read more]