Year in Review: Minnesota Beer & Cider in 2018

By the end of 2018, the United States will have more than 7,000 breweries and brewpubs in operation. To help that sink in, consider that a decade ago that number was 1,574. And 40 years ago, in 1978, there were just 89.  This astounding growth in the number of breweries—the vast majority of them independent … [ Read more]

Lake Monster Bash

Meet us at Lake Monster Brewing on October 27th for the 2nd Annual Lake Monster Bash! Lake Monster Brewing Company, The Current, and GetKnit Events have joined forces for a second year to create a one-day outdoor music festival to help you celebrate Halloween with a spooktacular line up of live music, delicious craft beer, … [ Read more]

Bells & Beers: Zombie Edition

Bells & Beers goes Zombie-style at HeadFlyer Brewing! Get ready to kettlebell kick-it in your ghoulish gear on Saturday, October 13th – 11AM! Minneapolis will be filled with Zombies for the Pub Crawl… Why not start your creepy crawling off with a killer workout + pint?! (Or just kick off your Saturday with us without … [ Read more]

Bringing Baseball to Mexico: Fundraiser and Equipment Donation

On a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico, Jeff Cogbill saw a group of kids playing what he eventually realized was a version of baseball. Only instead of bats and balls and gloves, they had sticks and rocks bare hands. The sight upset the lifelong baseball lover and coach, especially as he thought … [ Read more]

Birch’s Lowertown brings its small-batch, artisan ethos to Market House Collaborative

Birch’s Lowertown opened for business in the Market House Collaborative building in St. Paul on Tuesday, September 11, bringing its small-batch, handcrafted brewing ethos to a thriving brewery neighborhood. This is the second Birch’s brewpub for co-owners Burt Joseph and Brennan Greene, and they join Market House tenants Octo Fishbar, Peterson Craftsman Meats, Almanac Fish, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Gravity Storm Brewery Cooperative in Austin, Minnesota

Jimmy Buffett fans know that his music has a certain vibe, one that evokes escaping to an island to relax. With Gravity Storm Brewery Cooperative, former teacher Brian Davis has created an escape of his own, leaving behind a career in education to open a brewery in downtown Austin, Minnesota, just across the street from … [ Read more]

Bells & Beers at FINNEGANS

Bells & Beers hits FINNEGANS again – kicking off FINNtoberfest! Get your Fall Fitness going STRONG with EDK Training and FINNEGANS on Saturday, September 22nd! Join the Bells & Beers Crew as we take over the FINNEGANS outdoor patio with this crazy-fun, instructional (and kick-butt) kettlebell training session – followed by a refreshing FINNEGANS post-workout … [ Read more]

Cheap beer and humility: Lessons from a 22-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip

The Grand Canyon is an amazing geologic feature. Cutting through the Colorado Plateau on its way to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River drains the western slope of the Southern Rockies and, over millions of years, has carved a 277-mile long, 6,000-foot deep chasm, at the bottom of which is one of the most … [ Read more]

Springbrook Autumn Sampler

Our 2nd Annual Springbrook Autumn Sampler will be on Friday, September 14th! Enjoy a night of tastings, giveaways, food samples—all while helping raise money for education opportunities at Springbrook Nature Center. Have great food and drinks, listen to music, and get the chance to win some items and support a great cause. The event will include … [ Read more]

Carsino Night

A fun filled evening at Alloy Brewing Company featuring “funny money” gaming tables, Family Feud, dinner, cash bar with Alloy brews, raffles & a silent auction! This is a fundraiser for non-profit Cars for Neighbors. Tickets are 100% tax deductible/nonrefundable; all proceeds will go to support Anoka County neighbors in need of car repair services … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 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 ■ Summit Oktoberfest It’s my favorite season of the year: Oktoberfest. As I search for a beer to fill (and refill) my stein with during the … [ Read more]

Tasting Notes: All 27 new drinks at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 makes the biggest lineup of new craft beverages ever at the Minnesota State Fair. We sampled 27 new drinks—a wild array of beers, ciders, and wine cocktails made with fruits, vegetables, vanilla, sugar, spice, and everything Minnesota nice. Here are our tasting notes (listed alphabetically within each group). You can also find our Complete … [ Read more]

Union 32 Autumn Homebrew Competition

The winner will enjoy brewing their recipe in our brew house (with our brewmaster’s support). Once complete, your homebrew will be served on The Wall and all proceeds will be donated to the charity of your choice. Drop-off locations: – Northern Brewer: 1150 Grand Ave. St. Paul, 55105 – Midwest Supplies: 5825 Excelsior Blvd, St … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Bring on the Oktoberfests

With over 150 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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email. … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

You can almost sense its arrival—the faraway hoofbeat of livestock, the clank of carnival rides, the waft of frier grease in the air. Yes, the Minnesota State Fair is upon us once again. You’re going to need a beer. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from … [ Read more]