The Mash-Up: Peanut butter beers, Scotch ales, and more for April 24 – 30

With so many breweries, both local and national, 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 listing 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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Portage Brewing Company

Surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest, the small town of Walker, Minnesota, is a port to Walker Bay on the western edge of Leech Lake, and is a thoroughfare for bicycles, canoes, kayaks, motorized boats, and all kinds of nature lovers. Most buildings in downtown slope toward the lake: the local economy literally rising from … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Fruit beers, anniversary ales, & more

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. That’s why to help keep you up-to-date with what’s hitting shelves and tap lines, The Growler is introducing our weekly rundown of new beers, The Mash-Up. Visit growlermag.com every Friday or sign up for a weekly email to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Tanzenwald Brewing

While the owners and staff at Tanzenwald Brewing Company met through serendipitous paths, for the past five years every step to opening their brewery has been the result of methodical planning. Fate nearly brought Jenaveve Bell Pittman and Steve Pittman together at several points in their lives. Both are natives of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): HeadFlyer Brewing

Owning a brewery feels natural to Amy and Neil Miller, majority owners at the latest Northeast Minneapolis brewery, HeadFlyer. Amy grew up in an entrepreneurial family and was inspired by the connections small businesses can make with their local communities. As Amy and Neil began dating and later got married, she continued to dream of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roma Restaurant & Brewery

Roma Restaurant & Brewery is owned by two brothers who grew up in a foodie household. Making things from scratch is what they know, and that love of working with their hands and creating led them into the culinary world and, now, into beer as well. Brent Pilrain and his brother Brian, one year older, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Island City Brewing Company in Winona

The culture of Winona, Minnesota, is largely shaped by the town’s location along the Mississippi River. Surrounded by water and the picturesque bluffs of the river valley, the city embodies its natural surroundings. So too does its new brewery opening March 17, Island City Brewing Company, situated adjacent to Levee Park, a man-made protection that … [ Read more]

Now Open: BlackStack Brewing

For the Johnson family of St. Paul, it’s always been about the beer. In the 1990s, Scott Johnson owned All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company that helped bring European classics like La Trappe, Tripel Karmeliet, and Pauwel Kwak to Minnesota. Johnson eventually got out of that business, but he’s always loved beer. It’s a passion … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Swinging Bridge Brewing Company

“It’s a really special town here,” says Dustin Dodge, founder of Swinging Bridge Brewing Company in River Falls, Wisconsin. “It has that small town feel but you’re really close to everything,” he explains. Dodge is a native of Spooner, Wisconsin, and after serving in the military he moved to River Falls to attend University of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Darn Close): Revelation Ale Works

For Ryan Evenson, owning a brewery in Hallock, Minnesota, started with $100 and a dream. “We had a revelation,” says the Thief River Falls native, noting the significance of the light bulb in the Revelation Ale Works logo. Ryan, who is opening Revelation Ale Works with his wife Lindsey, his brother Josh, and sister-in-law Ashley, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Utepils Brewing Company

Utepils Brewing is making a statement at their getaway location in Minneapolis’ @Glenwood development in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. The brewery will open with the state’s sixth-largest brewhouse on February 18. Aiming high was always the plan. Founder Dan Justesen has been part of the Minnesota beer scene for the better part of this millennium, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Cuyuna Brewing Company

Nick Huisinga is a busy man. During the week, he produces vaccines for Willmar Poultry Company. On the weekends, he drives two and a half hours north to put the finishing touches on the soon-to-open Cuyuna Brewing Company in Crosby. Huisinga owns the brewery with his wife and father-in-law. He’ll serve as head brewer and his … [ Read more]

Half Acre Beer Company announces early 2017 entry into Wisconsin

Chicago’s growing Half Acre Beer Company is entering the Wisconsin market, hitting 32 of the state’s 72 total counties in early 2017. Half Acre’s four year-round beers and varied seasonals will be available mostly along the eastern and southern portions of the state and hitting cities including Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. The range spreads … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Copper Trail Brewing Company

The story behind Copper Trail Brewing, like so many others, is one of beer and friendship. Co-owners Dave Gibbons and Adam Graf were longtime friends and Alexandria natives. Both went to NDSU and when they returned to their hometown later in life, they ended up working for the same company. Already knowing that they work … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing

Brewery taprooms have become one of most significant cultural developments in the Twin Cities in recent years, but most lack in one clear area: food. Food trucks get the job done, but they rarely take dining to the next level. That’s where Jorge Guzman separates Surly from the pack. Guzman spent years as lead chef … [ Read more]