About Brian Kaufenberg

Brian Kaufenberg is the managing editor, writer, and photographer at The Growler Magazine. His column "Now Open (Or Damn Close) keeps you up to date on the newest breweries in Minnesota.

Rummage 2017: Your guide to the two-day pop-up craft market

Minnesota is a land of makers. In the Twin Cities and all across the state, small, independent businesses are making handcrafted goods that serve as an alternative to mass-produced products. This weekend Minnesotans can have the chance to visit 70 of these craft shops all in one place: the West End Market at the Minnesota … [ Read more]

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Grrrowler of the Month: Oreo

Each month we feature one up-for-adoption pooch from a local animal rescue. This month’s Grrrowler of the Month is presented by Secondhand Hounds. Name: Oreo Age: DOB Approx. 4/27/12 Gender: Female Breed: Pointer mix Weight: 65 lbs Dog friendly: Selective, does best with smaller dogs! Cat friendly: No Kid friendly: 16+ House trained: Yes Crate trained: Yes … [ Read more]

Miraculum and more—Pryes releasing four new beers for opening weekend

Pryes Brewing has been synonymous with Miraculum IPA, the company’s sole beer brand in their first three years of operation. But this Saturday, they are opening the creative floodgates with four brand new beers that will be on draft at its brand new production brewery and taproom, located across the Mississippi River from Boom Island in Minneapolis. Starting at 11am on June 17, patrons will … [ Read more]

Finnegans and Badger Hill team up in new brewing partnership

Finnegans, the nonprofit beer company currently building its Finnegans House brewery and social entrepreneurship incubator in Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced it will be partnering with Badger Hill Brewing Company in a unique business arrangement known as an alternating proprietorship. While both companies remain separate entities, the partnership allows the breweries to share each other’s infrastructure and will help … [ Read more]

Apple blossoms mean Minnesota’s cider season is here

Apple orchards are beginning to bloom and that can only mean one thing: cider season is here. Starting Friday, May 5, Number 12 Cider House’s taproom, located at Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo, will be open for business on the weekends. Started by four couples, one of which owns Deer Lake Orchard, Number 12 is the maker … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Austin Jevne of Forager Brewery

Forager Brewery is tucked into an unremarkable industrial corner of Rochester’s Kutzky Park neighborhood, flanked by featureless commercial buildings, a gas station, and train tracks. Nevertheless, the brewpub’s parking lot is at capacity and an overflow of cars is parked on the street, defying the dozens of clearly visible “No Parking” signs.  In the back … [ Read more]

Hayes’ Public House embarks on third expansion in three years

Pugs Hayes has a brewing problem. That is, he can’t brew enough beer to keep up with consumer demand for Hayes’ Public House‘s Irish- and British-style beers. In early March, Hayes announced that for the third time in three and a half years, the brewery would be expanding its operations. “Currently we are brewing on a … [ Read more]

Read’s Landing Brewing changes hands, not the beer

In Read’s Landing, an unincorporated river town at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Chippewa, life is in constant flux. But since 2011, one business has remained a constant presence in town—Read’s Landing Brewing Company. Located inside a historic brick building overlooking the river, the small brewpub was opened by Bob Nihart, an Apple Valley resident whose … [ Read more]

Craft beer gets ‘small’: Breaking down the Brewers Association’s 2016 growth report

The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual craft beer statistics report Tuesday morning, outlining the latest data on craft beer production and its overall market share in the beer category. One of the takeaways? Craft beer is growing steadily, but getting “smaller.” Let’s dig into the data to uncover what this means. The U.S. saw … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Andy Ruhland of Bad Weather Brewing

It’s 9:30am and I’m sipping my first cup of coffee of the morning as I pull up to Bad Weather Brewing on West 7th Street in St. Paul. Inside, standing behind the half wall separating the taproom from the brewery, Andy Ruhland is also sipping from a coffee mug, but it’s apparent that this is … [ Read more]

Fulton to release new Hopstar Session IPA at Gran Fondo 2017

Riders and spectators of Fulton Brewing’s annual Gran Fondo will be tipping back a brand new beer in celebration. The Northeast Minneapolis brewery is introducing an all new summer seasonal, Hopstar Session IPA, on Friday, May 5 as part of the Gran Fondo 2017 festivities. Hopstar is the beer Fulton has been “testing not-so-secretly in the taproom for the past … [ Read more]

Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list

The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: Minnesota United FC’s memorable 2017 home opener was a snowy affair

Photos by Dan Murphy Minnesota United FC may have dropped their home opener 6-1 to fellow expansion team Atlanta United FC at TCF Bank Stadium this past Sunday, but the game was a memorable one for the Loons’ supporters. With temperatures in the low-20s, 35,000 fans filled the lower bowl of the stadium. With a light snow covering … [ Read more]

Lupulin Brewing expands, starts canning

Hundreds of bright green cans clink together as a vibrating stainless steel table funnels them down into a single file line, before the rollercoaster conveyor belt corkscrews them into a canning machine. After a quick rinse, five thin plastic straws plunge into a row of empty cans and purge them with carbon dioxide before the … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Dicky Lopez of NorthGate Brewing

It’s a sleepy Tuesday afternoon at NorthGate Brewing. The taproom is closed and chairs are stacked upside down on the tables. NorthGate’s head brewer Dicky Lopez strolls in from the brewhouse floor and shakes hands with a strong grip. He’s sporting a heavy buffalo red flannel over his burly frame, a wild black beard, and … [ Read more]