Minnesota’s largest hop farm Mighty Axe Hops up for sale

Mighty Axe Hops, Minnesota’s largest hop farm and processor, is up for sale as the result of a storm that devastated the hop farm’s 2019 crop. Late in the evening on Labor Day in 2019, roughly halfway through their harvest season, Mighty Axe’s hopyard in Foley, Minnesota, was hit by 55-mph straight-line winds that snapped … [ Read more]

Surly Darkness Day on indefinite hiatus, brewery cites state distribution laws in decision

Surly Brewing Co. CEO Omar Ansari announced today on social media and an email newsletter that his brewery will be putting their annual Darkness Day festivities on hold indefinitely. Pulling no punches, the state’s third-largest brewery placed the blame for their festival’s hiatus squarely at the feet of local lawmakers. The craft beer industry is … [ Read more]

Fueling Progress: On a crowded highway of convenience stores, 36Lyn is an oasis of quality

Inside a shop at 36th and Lyndale, there’s a full-sized rack of CBD products by the register. To your right, three airpots of Peace Coffee changed out every hour-and-a-half for maximum freshness. A fridge case offers grab-and-go wraps from Afro Deli, cage-free eggs, and more than one variety of fancy pink coconut water. By the … [ Read more]

New Belgium selling 100% of the company to Kirin-owned Lion Little World Beverages

N ew Belgium Brewing Company, the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S., has reached an agreement to sell 100% of the company to the Kirin-owned Lion Little World Beverages, making the Belgian beer specialists the latest buyout in a series of major brewery acquisitions this year. According to Brewbound, the all-cash transaction will take place … [ Read more]

Lowertown Letdown: Birch’s now the second brewery in the neighborhood up for sale

St. Paul brewpub Birch’s Lowertown has been listed for sale, just over one calendar year after they opened for business in the neighborhood’s Market House Collaborative building. The Growler became aware of Birch’s Lowertown’s intention to sell their brewery via a classified ad listing on ProBrewer, an industry-insider resource. The short ad, credited by name … [ Read more]

Your Guide to Unlabeled No. 2: Oktoberfest

This Friday, The Growler’s blind tasting festival series will return to Upper Landing park for an Oktoberfest celebration featuring 48 local Märzen and festbiers, live music, food trucks, and more! If you’ve never been to an Unlabeled event before, we do things a little bit differently than the average bierfest, so check out our event … [ Read more]

Find your Gemütlichkeit at all the 2019 Oktoberfest events across Minnesota

While Minnesotans are probably best known for our Scandinavian heritage, the German people and their descendants have been inextricably tied to our state’s cultural history since the first settlers put down roots in our state. These settlers spread the Volksfest traditions of their homeland all around the state, so we have them to thank for … [ Read more]

Polishing the Apple: Elevating the cider cocktail beyond a simple bar drink

You’ll be forgiven if your conception of cider cocktails until this very moment consisted of snakebites on St. Patrick’s Day or the mulled stuff that Uncle Randy enjoys spiking just a little too much. Before Lars Olsen was tapped to create Minneapolis Cider Company’s new in-house cocktail program, his view of the genre was even … [ Read more]

Now Open: Boom Island Brewing’s new taproom in Minnetonka

A change of scenery can often work wonders to rekindle the embers of personal creativity. Visual artists change studios, musicians and writers hole up in cabins or other remote spaces, but for brewers, whose tools are industrial in size, it’s not so easy. If the size of the smile on Boom Island head brewer and … [ Read more]

Day-Of Guide: Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

Our Day-Of Guide has all the info you need to make sure your blind-tasting experience at Unlabeled No. 1 is a blast!

Ask a Beer Judge: Kristen England of the BJCP shares his tips for Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

Known from the blogs to the beirgartens as one of Minnesota’s most colorful, knowledgable, and outspoken brewers, Dr. Kristen England seemed like the perfect resource to tap for a primer on blind tasting before The Growler’s Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA. Prior to his work as the head brewer and COO of Bent Brewstillery in … [ Read more]

Dogfish Head and Boston Beer Company team up in landmark merger

Northeast craft beer giant Boston Beer Company, creators of Sam Adams, and Delaware-based Dogfish Head announced their plans to merge today in a landmark deal for the industry. According to a joint press release, the merger deal is valued at $300 million and the joint company will still qualify as an independent craft brewery under … [ Read more]

Get in the Van: VanGo Automotive’s vintage camper van rentals are one-size-fits-all

Drive far enough down West 7th Street and you can find pockets of St. Paul that haven’t yet fallen in step with the capital city’s gentle amble toward modernity. Past the faux food trucks and industrial upcycling, you’ll find steakhouses that still sport cigar burns from “legitimate businessmen” and lunch-counter diners with checkerboard on the … [ Read more]

Norwegian Nights: HammerHeart Brewing Company is an oasis of heavy beers and heavier metal in Lino Lakes

On a Saturday afternoon in the absolute nadir of the worst Minnesota winter in recent memory, HammerHeart Brewing Company’s taproom is full of warm bodies. Nestled among a small grove of pines just off Highway 23 in Lino Lakes, HammerHeart’s hand-built log cabin exterior would look like something out of a Thomas Kinkade painting, if … [ Read more]

Working Together: Will Hubbard’s egoless spirit defines Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative’s beers

From grocery stores and credit unions, to restaurants and apartments, all the way up a wall to bouldering gyms, Minnesotans are enamored with co-ops. Chalk it up to our state’s rich agricultural tradition, or perhaps the multitude of progressive-minded wallets in our metro areas. For Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative’s head brewer Will Hubbard, that co-op … [ Read more]

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