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]

Now Open: Alexandria’s Ida Graves Distillery launches honey-based vodka and organic gin

Brock Berglund and Anna Wilson’s 77 acres outside Alexandria, Minnesota, are beautiful, bordering on idyllic. The land is enrolled in the Minnesota DNR’s Conservation Reserve Program, in which private land is set aside to encourage wildlife habitation. It’s full of native grasses and pollinator plants. The DNR even installed a berm to create a wetland … [ Read more]

Day-Of Guide: Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

Our Day-Of Guide has all the info you need to make sure your blind-tasting experience at Unlabeled No. 1 is a blast!

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]

The Mash-Up: Gose, Keller Pilsners, and POG juice beers for your weekend enjoyment

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]

Ask a Beer Judge: Kristen England of the BJCP shares his tips for Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

Known from the blogs to the beirgartens as one of Minnesota’s most colorful, knowledgable, and outspoken brewers, Dr. Kristen England seemed like the perfect resource to tap for a primer on blind tasting before The Growler’s Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA. Prior to his work as the head brewer and COO of Bent Brewstillery in … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: From pineapple to peaches to yuzu, it’s a tropical Fourth of July 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]

The Most Important Beers in Minnesota History: A 12-pack of taste and influence

Since the beginning of commercial brewing here in 1849, Minnesota has produced all types of beers. Many were ordinary and some were renowned, but a small few have become true icons. These were brands that left a mark on the industry, the culture, and even the landscape of beer. Assembling a list of the most … [ Read more]

Bob Was There: From Town Hall to BlackStack, Bob DuVernois’ career spans Minnesota’s craft beer history

Ask any old-school brewer how their fire was lit and the answer will almost always be, “I started homebrewing…” This holds true for Bob DuVernois, head brewer at BlackStack Brewing. His spark came in 1979 when he tasted a dark beer made by a friend’s father. Not a fan of the macro lagers that monopolized the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Peppers, pineapples, peaches—it’s no picnic, it’s this week’s new beers

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: Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Warroad

Summer Road Warriors, here’s a new destination to put on your map: Minnesota’s northernmost brewery, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Warroad, Minnesota. The original Lake of the Woods Brewing Company got its start in 1898 on the northern shores of Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario. It stayed in operation until 1954 … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Mushroom and CBD beers hit Minnesota taps this week

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]

You’d Start Drinking Beer Too If You Lived With 18 dudes in a 3-Bedroom House

One Wednesday every month, Paul Colling of Forest Lake, Minnesota, meets his college buddies for beers at a local taproom. Since this tradition began in late 2015, Colling and about a dozen others have visited over 40 Twin Cities breweries. On this particular Wednesday, Colling is in Lowertown St. Paul, where pouring rain and blowing wind … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Oldenburg Brewing Company in Belle Plaine

When the owners of the newly opened Oldenburg Brewing Company calls it a family-oriented brewpub, they don’t just mean that kids are allowed in the taproom. Don and Colt Oldenburg aren’t just co-owners and co-brewers—they are also father and son. Two generations of Oldenburgs have called Belle Plaine home and, during that time, owned many … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Father’s Day, Anniversary Celebrations, and Festivals bring all the new beer

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]