Alliance for Beer Education

After months of planning Michael Agnew, from A Perfect Pint, and Rob Shellman, from Better Beer Society, announce the creation of the Alliance for Beer Education (ABE). This alliance is a joint project that aims to provide quality beer education programs for Minnesota’s beer festivals. Beer Education is crucial right now in Minnesota, thanks to the … [ Read more]

Gluten Free Beer: Better All the Time

This special Style Profile focuses on the infinite variety of Gluten Free Beer. BY MICHAEL AGNEW, A Perfect Pint To readers of The Growler, the disease’s triggers are familiar: wheat, barley, rye, and oats. They just happen to be the main grains from which beer is made. This means that for the one percent of Americans … [ Read more]

Growth & Shrinkage

By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint These are busy times for the brewing industry. Growth is happening exponentially, something akin to the inflationary epoch after the big bang when the universe expanded by a factor of 1,078 in a fraction of a second. The Brewers Association, an industry trade group, released figures in June of last … [ Read more]

Profiling Pilsner (And Dashing Its Bad Rap)

This Style Profile mounts a passionate defense of an “ordinary” beer. By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint  Illustrations by DWITT  Anyone who has talked to me at any length about beer knows that in my world, pilsner is the perfect beer. People are often taken aback by this. “Why pilsner?” they ask. “I would expect … [ Read more]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners 2012

  We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and November and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and … [ Read more]