Letter from the editor
The Twin Cities lost a legend on October 6, when Hans “Zee Beer Guy” Lofgren passed away unexpectedly. Hanszee was one-of-a-kind, a man of grand stature, both figuratively and physically. He was truly a gentle giant, a sheep in wolf’s clothing, whose might was always aimed at making the world a better place.
In addition to being an early and enthusiastic supporter of the magazine, Hans was also a living, breathing embodiment of The Growler lifestyle. With an earnest curiosity and a lust for life, Hans was a fervent supporter of local beer, food, culture, and community. A decades-long veteran of the beer business, Hans was a man about town and always made an impression on those who crossed his path.
The camaraderie and compassion that Hans brought to this community is a true inspiration to me. His memory will remind us to be kinder and more empathetic, to be more patient with the world than our smartphones have trained us to be, and to give back to the communities that have given to us. We all need be more like Hanszee.
Our “Do-Goodery” issue is dedicated to those among us who see the challenges that face our world and roll up their sleeves and get to work instead of looking the other way. This one is for Hanszee, and all those who follow in his massive, philanthropic footprints.
P.S. If you want to learn more about who Hanszee was and how you can help support his family in this trying time, please visit growlermag.com/hanszee.
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