Three Minnesota breweries among the top 50 in the U.S.

Three Minnesota breweries are on the Brewers Association’s annual lists of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the U.S. and the 50 top overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Summit Brewing Company, August Schell Brewing Company, and Surly Brewing Company came in at 24th, 25th, and 34th, respectively, … [ Read more]

Back to the Foeder

Minnesota breweries are using a historic technology to spur sour aging innovation When you settle in at the bar in Wild Mind Artisan Ales’ taproom, it’s easy to feel like you’re micrometers away from being sliced by craft beer’s cutting edge. Rows of stainless steel brewhouse equipment glint behind a glass vista to the bar’s … [ Read more]

Schell’s Oktoberfest 2018

Join the annual Schell’s Oktoberfest celebration as lederhosen-clad servers make their way through the crowds with litre steins of Oktoberfest bier. The brewery’s celebration falls on the final Saturday of New Ulm’s festival, located right in the midst of the festivities. There will be live music from the brewery’s own Schell’s Hobo Band and Alpensterne, … [ Read more]

Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke! Hoist a stein at all the 2018 Oktoberfest events across Minnesota

On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria celebrated his marriage to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen with the most boisterous party Munich had ever known, inviting everyone in the city to partake in the festivities. The party finally wrapped up five (!) days later with a final horse race. Thus began the annual … [ Read more]

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]

Brewer Profile: Dave Berg, August Schell Brewing Company

A peacock has marked me with a deadeye stare, its regal tail splayed on the stone walkway outside the gift shop of the August Schell Brewing Company. I’ve just parked on Schell’s Road, and a cyclist zips past on a Surly Cross-Check, nods, and hops off. I snap some pictures of the bird, taking in … [ Read more]

Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list

The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary … [ 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]

First Look: Schell’s new Starkeller Brewing Company

For the past few years, August Schell Brewing Company’s Noble Star series has helped put mixed-culture beers on the map in Minnesota and beyond. The Berliner weiss-style beers are aged in restored cypress fermentation tanks Schell’s purchased in 1936 and many are aged with fruit, including the newest beer in the series, Harmony of Spheres, which was aged on … [ 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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Star Keller Brewing Company will open to the public in March

Almost four years ago I made the trek down to August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota, for the launch of their Goosetown Gose. We sampled the new beer, then enjoyed a few more samples in the tasting room before Jace Marti, the sixth generation brewmaster at Schell’s, offered a special tour of the state’s … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: February 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. Lion Bridge Brewing The Disaster at Meux, John Garland, Senior Editor As an alumnus of the University of Iowa, I find myself driving along Interstate 380 … [ Read more]

Half Acre Beer Company announces early 2017 entry into Wisconsin

Chicago’s growing Half Acre Beer Company is entering the Wisconsin market, hitting 32 of the state’s 72 total counties in early 2017. Half Acre’s four year-round beers and varied seasonals will be available mostly along the eastern and southern portions of the state and hitting cities including Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. The range spreads … [ Read more]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

Fair trial: Our favorite new State Fair libations

Drinking at the Minnesota State Fair is all about balance. You don’t want anything too thick or heavy, nor anything too dry. You’re looking for something crisp and tart, light and refreshing. Something to pep you up. Something to help you slink amidst 100,000 of your closest statesmen. Something to help wash away whatever cheese and … [ Read more]