Now Open (Or Damn Close): Sleepy Eye Brewing Company in Sleepy Eye

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.  Some may know the town of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota from the tales of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Others take the scenic drive through the forest of trees decorated for the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Releases for the New Year (and the parties to come with it)

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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ 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]

Red Ale Rising: An upstart Irish brewer is betting Americans will soon tire of exotics and embrace classics

One afternoon last fall, Ian Hamilton hoisted a glass of red ale to his bearded lips as he recalled his days at the old Smithwick’s brewery. Hired at age 21, the tall Irishman had spent nearly two decades across two stints working at the manufacturing facility in Kilkenny, Ireland. In 2013, however, Smithwick’s longtime owner, … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Fruity and light-bodied releases brighten up our darkest day

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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ 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]

The Mash-Up: ‘Tis the season for holiday spice, hot cocoa, and giving back

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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ 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]

The Mash-Up: Black IPAs, dark lagers, and boozy barrel-aged stouts

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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ Read more]

Now Open: Outstate Brewing Company in Fergus Falls

There was a time when the term “outstate” carried an offensive connotation around Fergus Falls, Minnesota, with some residents even campaigning to get people to stop using the term. So when co-founders Dan Mohagen and Patrick Lundberg decided to name their brewery Outstate Brewing Company, it created some buzz around town. “When we explain [the … [ Read more]

Drink up Black Friday with these special beer releases

Concerned citizens, fear not: we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to throwing elbows in a department-store-turned-hotbed-of-anarchy during the wee hours of the morning this Black Friday. Sleep in, avoid the consumerism-fueled chaos, and have a beer while you’re at it! This list is just a taste of the beer releases happening across the state this … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: December 2019

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The Mash-Up: Cranberries, chocolate, and boozy seasonal beers for Thanksgiving

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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ 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]

The Mash-Up: Bold stouts and herbed ciders on tap for the holidays

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]