Will You Brew My Beer?

The once maligned practice of contract brewing is on the rise—and no one seems to care. Aswift-moving forklift pulls pallet after pallet of canned beer from a large cooler and loads them methodically into a trailer truck destined for a distributor. The beer was brewed with the best ingredients to meet detailed specifications of ABV, … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Mat Waddell of Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Walking around the large barrel cellar at Wild Mind Artisan Ales with brewer Mat Waddell, it’s clear to see he’s having a hell of a lot of fun. The room is filled with equipment for experimentation: hundreds of oak barrels, six large foeders, a custom-built coolship, and a blending tank. Mat pinballs around the room, … [ Read more]

Thrill of the Hunt: Digging deeper into the world of Minnesota’s die-hard treasure hunters

“I’ve been at it for a long time. I missed two hunts because of more important matters (births), but I’ve had the fever since 1990… Who in his right mind would do a quick scout of the hunting grounds while on the way to the delivery room? Even with water broken, she obliged.” – Steve … [ Read more]

Farm to Glass: Craft maltsters add more local flavor to beer

Our long national obsession with hops is coming to a close. We’ve explored every Columbus, we’ve been showered in every Cascade, we’ve mash hopped, boil hopped, and dry hopped, and blasted our palates with bitterness. Now, trends are focusing more on beer’s opposite number. It feels as if malt is the new hops. Brewers are … [ Read more]

Brewing a Better Industry: Rahr’s new tech center is putting beer ingredients to the test

It’s early morning in the small brewhouse. A brewer doughs in a unique blend of malts for a variation on an American pale ale. Bright sunlight shines through a full wall of windows and into the brewery, cutting through a column of steam and illuminating the state-of-the-art stainless steel brew system. Outside, the morning glow … [ Read more]

Minnesota Homebrewer Spotlight, Part 3: Lori Ertl

The annual Homebrew Con is coming to Minneapolis. It is the largest gathering of homebrewers in the world. As such, from June 15-17 thousands of homebrewers from around the country—and the world—will call the Twin Cities their home away from home. In celebration, we have been featuring local homebrewers that call Minnesota home year-round. For … [ Read more]

Minnesota Homebrewer Spotlight, Part 2: Steve Fletty

When Homebrew Con 2017 rolls into Minneapolis next week, beer will not be the only home-fermented beverage taking the spotlight. For years now, Minnesota has been well-known (and highly awarded) for its amazing meads and amateur meadmakers. Often referred to as “honey wine,” mead is a strong, fermented beverage—usually between 10–17% ABV—made from a solution … [ Read more]

Minnesota Homebrewer Spotlight, Part 1: ‘Bad Ass’ Bryon Adams

As the Twin Cities gear up to host Homebrew Con 2017, the mother of all homebrew parties, at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 15–17, The Growler is spotlighting three local homebrewers that we think are pretty bad ass. And in the case of our first profile, we mean it literally. Meet “Bad Ass” Bryon Adams of Brooklyn Park. … [ Read more]

Minnesota: The State of Homebrewing

The eyes of the homebrewing universe will be on the Twin Cities in mid-June, and many of its citizens will pour into our hometown to celebrate their community and culture. Homebrew Con, the world’s largest annual gathering of homebrewers, will host its official conference events at Minneapolis Convention Center from June 15–17. Other beer-focused activities … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Dave Hoops of Hoops Brewing

There are many reasons we consider master brewer Dave Hoops a Trailblazer in the world of beer here in Minnesota. His resume runs deep: educated at Siebel Institute of Technology; 16-plus years leading the brew crew at the iconic Fitger’s Brewhouse; founding member the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild; and regular beer judge at the annual … [ Read more]

Sacred Sounds: How One Restoration Expert is Preserving the World’s Pipe Organs

Photos by Aaron Davidson Pipe organs are the most complex instruments in the world. Born of wood, metal, fabric, wire, glue, and finish, they contain many moving parts, some as sensitive and fragile as eggshells. They can include massive pipes three stories tall that weigh more than a ton, all the way down to small … [ Read more]

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Straight from the Source: Wild Brunette

If there is one beer that embodies the spirit and flavor of brewing in Minnesota, it is the Wild Brunette. Barley John’s signature beer, this brown ale recipe has been a house favorite since the small brewpub opened 13 years ago in New Brighton. Head Brewer Brian Lonberg says the large percentage of Minnesota-grown wild … [ Read more]