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.

New local distillery Her Spirit plans to invest in female entrepreneurs

It all started on a road trip. While driving to Nashville, Steve Merila, the founder of White Bear Lake’s Big Wood Brewery, shared with his wife, Kjersten Merila, an idea for a “distillery brand with a great cause behind it…inspiring and supporting women to get into the world of being their own boss,” according to … [ Read more]

Big Wood Brewery’s FINE! IPA is first bottle release in new ‘Taproom Series’

Introducing the first release in our new super-limited Taproom Series line of 750ml bombers, the FINE! IPA!! #MNBeer — Big Wood Brewery (@BigWoodBrewery) March 15, 2016 Big Wood Brewery is on a quest to bring their White Bear Lake taproom to your living room. FINE! IPA is the first release in a new “Taproom Series” … [ Read more]

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex 7.6% ABV The first smell is sweet pineapple, but it’s quickly taken over by earthy, woodsy hops. The color almost matches the can—a cloudy, almost dirty red. A full, thick mouthfeel delivers a kick, and a slight sweetness up the front slowly turns bitter. You continue to feel the bitterness … [ Read more]

Big Wood Brewery Taproom Opens Friday, February 7th

 Updated: 11:50am 2/7/14 Big Wood Brewery opens the doors to their very own taproom Friday, February 7th at 3pm. Big Wood’s Brewery and new taproom are located in White Bear Lake, right off of Highway 61 and just blocks from White Bear Lake itself making the brewery easy to find. The taproom will fit about … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 1/09-1/12

Thursday, January 9th: Odell Tap Invasion  Starting at 4pm, come to the Red Cow for Odell Brewing Co Tap Invasion. There will be 11 Odell brews on tap, including the all new Runoff Red IPA. Come in early for a happy hour drink at 3-6pm. More details here. Red Cow – 4pm-11:30pm 3624 West 50th Street … [ Read more]

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Big Wood Bark Bite IPA

Big Wood Brewing ABV: 6.6%, IBU: 66 Big Wood is getting a lot of notice as of late, and rightfully so. They are brewing great beers and Bark Bite is no exception. Pouring a light golden color, the aroma won’t jump out at you by no means. You still get a nice scent of citrus … [ Read more]

What’s in a (Beer) Name?

How breweries come up with your favorite brew’s name By Louis Garcia When you walk into your local beer store something is quickly apparent: the number of beer styles and breweries to choose from is staggering. With so much on store shelves, naming a beer has become important for local breweries trying to stick out … [ Read more]

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