25 Years of Craft Beer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis: Q&A with head brewer Larry Skellenger

Minnesota continued to see a steady rise in its number of craft breweries in 2018, but the state’s oldest brewpub still in operation is celebrating a major milestone. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Minneapolis opened 25 years ago as the second location of the brewpub chain, which began in Denver in 1991 and now … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LocAle Brewing Company in Mankato

Jim and Lauren Parejko want LocAle Brewing Company to be infused with all-things Minnesota—Blue Earth County in particular. The logo for their Mankato brewery features a hop-shaped bison (a nod to nearby Minneopa State Park, where herds of the giant mammals are free to roam 331 acres), and they try to use at least one … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Ursa Minor Brewing in Duluth

Mark and Ben Hugus brewed their first batch of Big Bad John Double IPA five years ago, the day after their father’s funeral. “The first batch was brewed with the whole family,” Ben says. “Mark, myself, uncles, aunts, our sister—everyone was there and had a hand in it.” What they knew then held true as … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): BeerClub Brewing in Mora

Riding motorcycles across the peaks and valleys of the Alps provides an incredible thrill each year for Jon Gorham, Pat Gorham, and Fred Holm. But one of the most exciting moments of their journey waits at the end: savoring stein after stein of German beer at Oktoberfest in Munich. The friends’ love of beer extends … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Torg Brewing in Spring Lake Park

For Dave and Debbie Torgersen, brewing was simply supposed to provide a fun activity to do together. Something they could dabble in as Dave approached retirement from the U.S. Army, something they could get more serious about once his 30-year military career was officially finished. “We went overboard very quickly. It became an obsession,” Debbie … [ Read more]

State of Indianapolis Beer: Race in to try the Circle City’s best breweries

If there’s one thing Indianapolis likes to brag about—besides basketball and the Indy 500—it’s Hoosier hospitality. But the Circle City has created a new point of pride in its vibrant craft beer scene, which has grown exponentially over the last decade. Indianapolis boasts about 50 of the state’s 170 breweries and brewpubs, and visitors can … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lost Sanity Brewing in Madelia

Doug and Caleb Fenske admit that opening a brewery in Madelia, Minnesota—a community of just over 2,200, and half an hour southwest of Mankato—must seem crazy. But the father-son team have gone all in to open Lost Sanity Brewing. “It’s very, very aptly named for us,” says Caleb, 38, who grew up in the town. … [ Read more]

5 Minnesota brewers proving root beer is craft, too

Brewers across the state take pride in crafting drinks that are innovative and refreshing—and that includes root beer. Root beer not only provides a non-alcoholic option at local taprooms, but it also allows brewers to experiment with flavors through handcrafted sodas. “Much like the craft beer scene, it’s been fun to watch and sample and … [ Read more]

Drinking Songs of Yore: The stories behind the music of Beer Choir

Centuries before karaoke bars, drinking beer and singing went hand in hand. In fact, the first drinking songs date back to as far as the 13th or 14th century in the “Carmina Burana,” a collection of love poems and light-hearted, irreverent verses. Since then, drinking songs have become embedded in different cultures around Europe, and … [ Read more]