Homebrew Recipe: Solar Wave Golden IPA

In our DIY Issue, Michael Dawson breaks down the basic steps of reverse engineering your favorite beer. This recipe appeared alongside that article. In the spirit of scaling down production beers for the homebrew system, here’s a recipe from our friends at Chop & Brew. Solar Wave Golden IPA is a beer developed in collaboration … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: November 2016

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. La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2010, John Garland, Senior Editor Rioja is the perfect wine for late fall. It’s rich and concentrated but with a softness on … [ Read more]

Bad Weather’s Joe Giambruno reflects on first year of taproom

Bad Weather Brewing Company will celebrate the first anniversary of their West Seventh Street taproom this Saturday. Co-owner Joe Giambruno, who spends much of his time in the taproom, doesn’t hesitate when asked what it’s meant for the brewery. “Obviously, it’s the greatest thing in the world,” he says, “but that doesn’t take away from what … [ 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]

Bad Weather Brewing Company celebrates 3 years with 18 taps

Today, March 21, is Bad Weather Brewing Company’s official third anniversary. But they aren’t celebrating—at least not yet. The St. Paul brewery announced via Twitter this morning that their big anniversary bash will be held all day Saturday, April 16, and feature a mouth-watering line-up of beers—a whopping 18 of them—including a new Storm Cellar … [ Read more]

Photos: Before and after at Bad Weather’s new St. Paul brewery and taproom

Before photos by Brian Kaufenberg, after photos by Aaron Davidson One might expect a brewery preparing for its grand opening to be somewhere between hectic and a complete madhouse, but that’s not the case at Bad Weather. On Wednesday morning, two days before they officially open their doors, the guys behind Bad Weather Brewing Company were … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing announces grand opening of St. Paul taproom

Bad Weather Brewing Company is throwing a grand opening party for their new St. Paul brewery and taproom on Oct. 9 from 3pm–12am. The brewery is located at 414 W 7th St, just five blocks down from the Xcel Energy Center. On tap for the event will be Bad Weather’s flagship, Windvane, seasonals Omnious, Firefly Rye, and … [ Read more]

Clarity in Thinking: Lucid Brewing on Growth and American Sky Acquisition

Opening a brewery isn’t easy. Between the up-front capital needed to purchase equipment and learning the ropes as you go, just like any startup business there’s a lot of uncertainty and risk involved, which is why Lucid Brewing Company’s alternating proprietorship model seems to make sense: why go it alone when you can throw in … [ Read more]

How Local Artists Create Craft Beer’s Identity One Label at a Time

Craft beer is typically lauded mostly for what’s inside the can. But for many drinkers—especially those new to craft—love at first glance starts with the label. That’s where label artists come into play. Creative, artful labels are key to getting beer into buyers’ hands and making one brewery stand out over another on store shelves. … [ Read more]

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Bad Weather Brewing Windvane

Bad Weather Brewing Windvane 6% ABV As the seasons transition from one to the next, Bad Weather Brewing is also transitioning from its current home in Minnetonka to the Saintly City. Changes aside, their flagship beer remains consistently balanced and suitable for any time of year and any part of town. The subtle, toasty caramel … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous

Bad Weather Brewing Company Ominous ABV: 7.5% IBUs: 40 This dark brown ale is dangerously drinkable. The nose is dominated by fresh, aromatic cocoa nibs, and hints of caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate and bready malt are the primary flavors, giving way to coffee, caramel, and a bit of vanilla. It’s not overly sweet, and … [ Read more]

Bad Weather to Release Due Date and spring seasonal, Migration

March has been a big month for Bad Weather Brewing Company. On March 27th, they are bringing back their spring seasonal, Migration, and releasing their Storm Cellar Series #2 beer, Due Date, in honor of their anniversary and the birth of Co-Founder Zac and his wife Meaghan’s first child! The celebration will take place at Lake & … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing Company Windvane

Bad Weather Brewing Company Windvane ABV: 6.0%, IBU: 65 A great addition to the Minnesota beer scene, Windvane is Bad Weather’s year-round flagship beer. The amber-red color and hoppy aromas announce that this beer is going to make a statement. On the palate the hops immediately assert themselves. It’s medium-bodied, dry and spicy, with a … [ Read more]