About Brian Kaufenberg

Brian Kaufenberg is the editor-in-chief of The Growler Magazine.

St. Paul’s oldest brewpub, Great Waters Brewing Company, to close November 18

St. Paul’s oldest brewpub, Great Waters Brewing Company, will pour its last pint on November 18. The brewpub, which opened in 1997, issued a public announcement on its Facebook page on Saturday afternoon that it would be closing its doors for good. Great Waters’ location in downtown St. Paul at the corner of St. Peter … [ Read more]

First Look: Number 12 Cider’s North Loop taproom is open for business

Cider is flowing in the North Loop as Number 12 Cider’s new cidery and taproom opened last week. The taproom, located at 614 5th St. N. in Minneapolis, adds to the craft credentials of the neighborhood, which already boasts Inbound BrewCo, Modist Brewing, and Fulton Brewing’s taprooms within walking distance of each other. Number 12 … [ Read more]

25 Years in Beer: A Q&A with New Glarus Brewing Company President Deb Carey

W hen Deb Carey told her husband Dan that she wanted to start a brewery and wanted to hire him as the brewer, he brushed off the idea as little more than a pipe dream. While Dan, a Diploma Master Brewer who was working as a brewing supervisor for Anheuser-Busch in Colorado, liked the idea … [ Read more]

Birch’s Lowertown brings its small-batch, artisan ethos to Market House Collaborative

Birch’s Lowertown opened for business in the Market House Collaborative building in St. Paul on Tuesday, September 11, bringing its small-batch, handcrafted brewing ethos to a thriving brewery neighborhood. This is the second Birch’s brewpub for co-owners Burt Joseph and Brennan Greene, and they join Market House tenants Octo Fishbar, Peterson Craftsman Meats, Almanac Fish, … [ Read more]

Going all in with Nick Huisinga of Cuyuna Brewing Company

Nick Huisinga takes off on a trail barely wider than the tire of his fat bike, kicking up tufts of rust-colored dust into the air as he banks through root-ridden turns. The serpentine single-track trail winds through dense woods in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area outside of Crosby, Minnesota. Exposed boulders and trees jutting … [ Read more]

Minnesota breweries haul in 12 medals at 2018 Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s largest beer festival with 800 breweries pouring 4,000 beers, came to a close Saturday, but not before 11 Minnesota breweries were awarded with 12 medals in the 2018 GABF competition, four of which were gold. Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Company won gold in the classic Saison category for its … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 6: Cider in The North

You’re reading Chapter 6 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Minnesota’s cider scene is young and, like a knobby-kneed teenager, still trying to find its legs. The cidermaking industry in Minnesota is just over six years old and has yielded ciders running the gamut from Old … [ Read more]

10 Years in Beer: Lift Bridge’s Dan Schwarz on lessons learned, the future of the brand, and Minnesota’s beer industry

Ten years ago, a group of homebrewers launched Lift Bridge Brewing Company in the historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota, selling their first keg in September 2008. Since then, the company led by Dan Schwarz, Brad Glynn, Trevor Cronk, and Jim Pierson has planted itself firmly in the top 10 largest craft breweries in the … [ Read more]

Two Twin Ports brewery staples are getting a refresh

Two of the Twin Ports’ oldest breweries and brewpubs are getting a refresh with new faces in the brewhouse, new packaging, and a rebrand. After months of being without a brewer, Thirsty Pagan Brewing’s owner Steve Knauss tapped Kathleen Culhane, the founder and brewer at the now-defunct Sídhe Brewing in St. Paul, to fill the … [ Read more]

Soil Farmers: How A Renewed Focus On The Land Is Building More Resilient Farms

Peter Allen wants to bury a fence. Tucked within the rolling landscape of the driftless region, on a farm outside of Viola, Wisconsin, a barbed wire fence runs along the spine of a ridge separating a strip of pasture from the valley below. The noticeable three-foot drop between the fence and the field is the … [ Read more]

First Look: Pearl & the Thief brings Southern comfort to Stillwater

Executive chef Justin Sutherland and general manager Joseph Pirri of St. Paul’s Handsome Hog are opening their new Southern-inspired restaurant, Pearl & the Thief, in downtown Stillwater on Tuesday, May 29. Between the comfort food dishes and its striking design, Pearl & the Thief progresses the food and drink scene in the historic river town. … [ Read more]

Still in Stillwater: Lift Bridge secures site for new production brewery and taproom

After nearly a decade of brewing, Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Company has outgrown it’s home. But it didn’t have to travel far to find a site to build an expanded production brewery and taproom. Today the company announced that it has purchased a five-and-a-half-acre property, located less than a quarter-mile north of the current location, … [ Read more]

Back on the Beat: ‘Super Troopers 2’ director Jay Chandrasekhar talks crowdsourcing, cult status, and chugging

Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit, and Farva are back in action and find themselves smack dab in the middle of an international border dispute between the U.S. and Canada. When the town of St. Georges Du Laurent, Quebec, becomes a part of America due to a surveying error, the Super Troopers are called in to set … [ Read more]

Beer delivery drivers, warehouse workers strike distributor J.J. Taylor

Delivery drivers for Minnesota’s largest beer distributor aren’t behind the wheel this week—instead they are behind a picket line. Ninety-three members of Teamsters Local 792, who work as delivery drivers and warehouse workers for J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota, went on strike effective at 5am on Monday, April 9. Located in Northeast Minneapolis, J.J. Taylor … [ Read more]

Palmer’s Bar selling to longtime Grumpy’s NE bartender Tony Zaccardi

Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside is an institution. Opened in 1906, the bar was owned by Minneapolis Brewing Company as a tied house, and it’s rumored that during Prohibition it operated as a speakeasy with a tunnel connecting Palmer’s to the 5 Corners Saloon (what is now known as the Nomad). In the 1930s, there … [ Read more]