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]

The Mash-Up: In Cahoots! collabs and Minnesota State Fair specialty 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]

What We’re Drinking: August 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. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief J. Rieger & Co Kansas City Whiskey This whiskey’s got something for everybody: it’s a blend of straight bourbon whiskey, light corn whiskey, and straight … [ Read more]

Barley, Water, and Heat: The careful craft behind estate barley malt at Vertical Malt

Most grains being farmed in the Midwest are destined, directly or not, for dinner plates across the world. Adam Wagner’s grains, however, fill pint glasses across Minnesota and North Dakota through his craft malting company, Vertical Malt. Located in Crookston, a small college/ag town on the eastern edge of the Red River Valley, Wagner works … [ Read more]

When Beer Met Chiles

Jack Pine Brewery’s Vengeance! Jalapeño Cream Ale is no mere novelty. This beer helped the Baxter, Minnesota-based brewery land Brewery of the Year at Grand View Lodge’s Grand Tasting in 2013 and the People’s Choice Award at the St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour in 2014. A bronze medal in the Chile Beer category at the … [ Read more]

Now Open: White Bear Meadery in White Bear Lake

From our professional football team to cultural lore, Vikings play a leading role in Minnesota. But Josh and Dana Eckton believed it wasn’t easy enough to find the seafaring Scandinavians’ drink of choice—mead. To help change this, the Ecktons opened White Bear Meadery on June 29 in Gem Lake, Minnesota, with the goal of helping … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

It’s the most Minnesotan time of the year, folks: State Fair time. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from Minnesota’s breweries and cideries. Fair beverages are 12 days of devil-may-care: stuffed with fruits, pickled with veggies, ringed with cotton candy, frozen into slushies, or … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Fruited Beers and All Pints North special 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 Taste Test: Hazy IPA

The Growler’s editorial staff partnered with official BJCP judges in a blind tasting to determine the best Hazy IPAs in Minnesota. The results may surprise you.

The Mash-Up: Anniversaries, Parties, Picnics and Festivals to Fill Your Summer Weekends

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]

Collab Beers: When Two is Better than One

Few events get a beer geek’s heart aflutter more than two (or more) of their favorite breweries collaborating on a beer. Often, this means some hazy IPA or sugar-saturated imperial stout will bring the bearded masses to industrial parks early on Saturday mornings, but not always. Highly-acclaimed breweries like Jester King, Side Project, and Oxbow … [ Read more]

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!