Trailblazers 2017: Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo of Bang Brewing

How do Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo split up the responsibilities of owning and operating a brewery and taproom? It’s simple: they don’t. “Our chosen scale has allowed us to operate as a true partnership,” says Sandy Boss Febbo, co-owner of Bang Brewing and wife of Jay. “We both like seeing things through start to … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 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. Bang Brewing Gold Blonde Ale – Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief The best thing about craft beer is ingenuity. Simple ingredients used in varying fashions produce vastly different flavors and styles … [ Read more]

Birdie announces three nights of beer dinners with Bang Brewing

The culinary adventures at Birdie, the chef’s table annex of the Eat Street diner, Nighthawks, are soldiering on without Landon Schoenefeld. But as any diner who’s experienced Birdie knows, the shop is in good hands. The powerhouse trio of Brittany St. Clair, Jessi Peine, and Tlanezi Guzman has been running the show since long before Landon’s departure, … [ Read more]

Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl is back

Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl is back for a third year, and now includes a dozen breweries, the organizer, GetKnit Events, announced via press release. The crawl takes place via Metro Transit’s Green Line Light Rail on Saturday, August 27, from 11am–6pm, and hits up the following breweries: Inbound BrewCo Modist Brewing Fulton Beer Day … [ Read more]

Bang Brewing to begin bottling for retail sales in 2016

Bang Brewing has big plans for their little 1,300-square-foot St. Paul brewery in 2016. Namely, bottling and selling beer at retail locations. The decision to package for retail sales came after a successful test run of Bang’s fresh hop beer in 750 mL bottles last year. With production steadily increasing the past two years, Jay and Sandy Boss … [ Read more]

Is Organic Craft Beer Here To Stay?

In the current climate of GMO labeling issues, waning biodiversity, and increasing efforts for more transparency in food and drink, it should be no surprise that the organic movement has come to craft beer. Sourcing organic hops and malt can add up to 40% to a brewer’s cost of ingredients (aside from the time and effort … [ Read more]

3 Beers I’m Bringing to Thanksgiving

This post is a collaboration with our good friends at Bow & Arrow Magazine. Check out their stylish blog, where this post originally appeared, and follow them @bowandarrowmag. — I can scarcely contribute anything to my family’s Thanksgiving meal. Turkey is my dad’s domain. My grandmother is a wizard with pies. My mom’s stuffing and … [ Read more]

The Mill: Brooklyn MASH, Final North Coast Nosh, and more

The Mill is getting anxious. There are autumn sampler packs on shelves and back to school specials in our mailboxes. It’s time to enjoy the outdoors while we can. How about a riverboat cruise? Or a paddle around the lake? Any other outdoor events we should know about? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: Here’s the list … [ Read more]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and … [ Read more]

The Mill: Tandem Brewing and UV Resistance

The Mill is running a little slow this week. We’re still a little groggy from the all the sun, brats and brews over the holiday weekend. But we have good things to look forward to: Sisyphus opening, breweries collaborating, and one of our favorite festivals is just around the corner. Do you have any beer … [ Read more]