The Taste Test: Hazy IPA

The Growler’s editorial staff partnered with official BJCP judges in a blind tasting to determine the best Hazy IPAs in Minnesota. The results may surprise you.

7 Minnesota breweries take gold, silver, and bronze at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Over 7,000 beers from around the world were judged in over 130 style categories for the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship, and seven Minnesota breweries came away with 10 total medals. The U.S. Open Beer Championship was judged blind by judges from England, Canada, and the United States. Unlike other beer competitions, it is the … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.   Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief ■ Toppling Goliath Pompeii IPA The fervor around this Decorah, Iowa-based brewery is a bit staggering. With special releases selling out in an instant and … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Bobby Blasey of Able Seedhouse + Brewery

For Bobby Blasey, Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s head brewer, it all comes back to the bagpipes. Just a few moments into our conversation, he brings up the bagpipe band he plays in. It’s as though his relationship to the instrument is the lens through which he views the world. “There really wasn’t a definitive moment … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Going dark with Insight Gravity Well and more imperial releases

With well over 100 breweries 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 rundown 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 weekly … [ Read more]

Beer imitates art at Mia’s Artoberfest

Long before today’s smartphones, selfie sticks, and Instagram, artists were commissioned to document the every day happenings of contemporary events in eighteenth-century Europe. “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art focuses on the masterful works of view painters, including Canaletto, Bellotto, Robert, Panini, and Guardi. Head over to Mia … [ Read more]

Centro is testing tacos from the Wyn65 truck

We spied the Wyn65 food truck out last Saturday, vending on Quincy Street outside the future home of Popol Vuh and Centro. The dual-concept restaurant from Lyn65 chef Jose Alcaron is targeting an October opening. For now in the Winnebago, they’re testing out tacos—we inhaled a couple lamb barbacoas—and papas chingonas, fries smothered in chipotle mayo and queso fresco. … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: May 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. Rollingstoner – John Garland, Senior Editor I love the beer Joe Pond is making in Rollingstone. He uses old-school techniques that make … [ Read more]

8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded

The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any … [ Read more]

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Able Seedhouse + Brewery releasing first sour in Chrono Culture series

Able Seedhouse + Brewery is getting into the sour game with its new Chrono Culture 001 release. The debut kettle sour in the brewery’s Chrono Culture series was created using 225 pounds of fresh, native elderberries. According to Able Seedhouse, the elderberries from Natura Farms in Scandia, Minnesota, “give this kettle sour its herbal, earthy notes. A … [ Read more]

A can-do attitude: Able Seedhouse + Brewery to launch canning line this month

Even though Able Seedhouse + Brewery has only been open since last November, the smaller-scaled company had brewed up big business plans from the start. And now, one of brewery’s seedlings of an idea has sprouted into a reality with the launch of cans. “Since we opened nine months ago, we’ve spent a good deal … [ Read more]

5 beers not to miss this Saturday at the Summer Beer Dabbler

There will be hundreds of beers flowing at the Summer Beer Dabbler, this Saturday, August 20th at CHS Field (and tickets are going fast so get yours now). But if a person had to narrow it down to five beers not to miss… Bent Paddle Old Fashioned ESB The winners of the Lord Dabbler’s Cup … [ Read more]

Now Open: Able Seedhouse & Brewery

Casey Holley is a Minnesota native, but it took moving to northern California for him to fully appreciate the agricultural bounty of the Upper Midwest. Living in Lodi, just 40 minutes south of Sacramento, he saw firsthand how community and agriculture could come together. There, it was all about the grapes, but Holley felt he … [ Read more]

For the Love of Barley: Able Seedhouse Finds Its Brewer

Photos by Brandon Werth In today’s craft-beer culture, hops seem to get all the love, but spend a minute scrolling through Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s Instagram feed and you might just experience a tingly feeling for barley you never knew you were capable of. Delicate fields of gold ready for harvest; lush, green elbow-high stalks … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20