How Minnesota’s breweries fare under new tax rules

Summit Brewing president Mark Stutrud is excited about the new “Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.” “The tax reform is inclusive and beneficial to all brewers, which is a positive, and we’re eager to put the savings right back into our brewery so our customers can enjoy more Summit beer,” Stutrud says. The way … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Tilion Brewing Company

“We weren’t even talking about beer; we weren’t even talking about opening the brewery,” Chris Larson recalls. “We were just fishing.” One day in 2015, on Lake Andrew near Alexandria, Larson handed Ryan Seabright a bottle of his homebrewed, aptly named “Lake Andrew unCommon.” He readied the fishing poles, and heard Seabright finally say, “Okay, let’s … [ Read more]

U of M paving the way toward better barley, stronger hops

It’s not a question of if, but when an invasive species will threaten Minnesota hop crops. That’s not meant to scare local hop growers or breweries that use them. It’s just something University of Minnesota professor Gary Muehlbauer is trying to prevent with his research. Luckily, he and two other U of M professors have … [ Read more]

F-Town Brewing co-founder eyes St. Paul fire house for new brewery and restaurant

A new brewery and restaurant is in the early stages of planning after the St. Paul City Council granted Travis Temke tentative developer status over the old fire house Station 10, located at 754 Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. The area is otherwise known as the West Seventh neighborhood. Those who follow Minnesota’s brewing industry may … [ Read more]

Now Open: Ward House Brewery in Waseca

When John Mansfield—head brewer and owner of Ward House Brewery, opened in Waseca on November 17—had the idea to really pursue opening his own brewery, he was taking time off work to homeschool with his six-year-old son. After years of running his own construction business and helping raising his six children, homeschooling offered Mansfield the chance … [ Read more]

GABF Bump: What winning a Great American Beer Festival medal means for breweries

Very soon, the three-year-old Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud will hang its Great American Beer Festival (GABF) bronze medal behind the bar in its taproom. “‘Holy shit!’ Then ‘thank you,’” were the first thoughts that popped into Beaver Island co-owner Nick Barth’s mind when they won the award. “It was so affirming to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Chapel Brewing

Chapel Brewing’s theme can be described as one of transformation. Built in 1880 as a village hall and jail, the historic building in Dundas, Minnesota, was bought by J.P. Hummel in 1882 and converted into a church. “That’s why we think Chapel is a pretty apt summary of that history,” says head brewer and co-owner Andrew … [ Read more]

Collaborations for a Cause: 14 breweries pair up for charity at In Cahoots! 2017

Each year, the Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler Magazine bring together Minnesota breweries for some collaborative beer brewing and friendly competition. On August 6, 2017, In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft Brewing returns with 14 breweries teaming up in pairs (and partnering with nonprofits) alongside live music, tasty food, local wares, and more, at The Red … [ Read more]

Meet the man who helped make Sunday Sales the law of the land

Despite not working in the beverage industry, Andrew Schmitt has had a hand in changing it for every citizen in the state. As a result of his efforts, Minnesotans will experience a brand new phenomenon this weekend—buying alcohol on a Sunday. Schmitt (or “Schmitty” as he’s often affectionately referred to in the industry) was there, sitting in … [ Read more]

Now Open: Karst Brewing Co.

When Eric Luoma and his wife Sandra Seha-Luoma heard about a building for sale in Fountain, Minnesota, halfway between Rochester and Decorah, Iowa, the couple thought the sleepy town would be a good place to finally retire. However, with Eric’s love of science and people and Sandra’s knack for hosting, the Luomas couldn’t resist the … [ Read more]

Bug Hunters: Bootleg Biology is collecting and cataloging the world’s wild yeast

Mitch Ermatinger wanted a truly unique brewery. He wanted Speciation Artisan Ales to showcase what he knows best—spontaneous sour beers and wild farmhouse ales. So he turned to Bootleg Biology to make his mixed-culture fermentations stand out from the pack. “Funk Weapon #2 is in all of my beer, as well as some yeast that … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Imminent Brewing Co.

As Imminent Brewing Co. works on constructing tables from reclaimed wood, hanging decorations, and tidying up, Northfield locals show up every half-hour or so to help out, or hand something over like the World War I lithographs they thought would go well in the old National Guard armory building. This is what Randy Clay, head … [ Read more]

Hops and pot: How they’re related

Hops are a resinous, green flower, and from what Snoop Dogg taught me, so too is that sticky icky icky. But the similarities between hops and weed go well beyond how they look and feel. Not only did scientists confirm in 2012 that the two plants are genetically related, belonging to Cannabinaceae family, now further research is helping us understand … [ Read more]

Schell’s is on a mission to use more local barley

August Schell Brewing Company will release a new helles in early April made entirely from locally grown barley. It’s the result of an encounter between brewmaster Jace Marti and two University of Minnesota researchers about three years ago. “By chance, one of the lead researchers of the University of Minnesota [Dr. Jochum J. Wiersma, a … [ Read more]

Oliphant breaks down legal barrier with launch into Minnesota market

Oliphant’s dynamic duo, co-owners and co-brewers Matt Wallace and Trevor Wirtanen, have wanted to expand their distribution footprint into Minnesota since they began their brewery over two years ago. “If we were where New Glarus is, we’d consider being a Wisconsin-only brewery, but it’s right there, looking at us in the eyes,” Wirtanen says. It’s … [ Read more]