Lowertown Letdown: Birch’s now the second brewery in the neighborhood up for sale

St. Paul brewpub Birch’s Lowertown has been listed for sale, just over one calendar year after they opened for business in the neighborhood’s Market House Collaborative building. The Growler became aware of Birch’s Lowertown’s intention to sell their brewery via a classified ad listing on ProBrewer, an industry-insider resource. The short ad, credited by name … [ Read more]

Where the Wild Beers Are: More Minnesota brewers are investing in mixed-culture programs

Ten years ago, locally made wild and spontaneously fermented ales were rarities. Most examples found in liquor stores and in beer bars were imported Belgian lambics and Flemish red and browns ales. Local brewers were so reluctant to introduce wild yeasts and bacteria in their brewhouse for fear of contaminating their non-sour beers that it … [ Read more]

Rise of the Super Yeast: Will an ancient Norwegian yeast revolutionize American craft beer?

I n early 2017, Lance Shaner received a package in Chicago postmarked from Norway. With great anticipation, he delicately opened the box, revealing contents that had the potential to shape the trajectory of modern craft brewing. The product wasn’t a new one, though. It was ancient. To Shaner’s relief, the contents had survived their journey. … [ Read more]

Birch’s on the Lake joins St. Paul’s Market House Collaborative

Birch’s on the Lake, the supper club-brewery combo nestled alongside Long Lake, is the latest business to join Tim McKee’s Market House Collaborative in Lowertown. The former Heartland space is set to house a collection of food businesses under one roof—Octo Fishbar, The Salty Tart bakery, Peterson Craftsman Meats butcher shop, the Almanac Fish Market—and now, … [ Read more]

Buzzed Beer: How brewers fuse beer with coffee, plus seven java brews to try

Cortado. Americano. Iced caramel latte, sugar-free, no whip. The options are endless—almost amusingly so—for ordering a cup of morning joe these days. As for coffee-infused beers, the options are just as plentiful, with most breweries serving up at least one French-press-meets-fermenter concoction. Whether adding grounds, dumping cold press into the fermenter, or adding brewed coffee … [ Read more]

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The West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine

How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Brennan Greene of Birch’s on the Lake

It’s the first beautiful day of spring in Minnesota—a cloudless, 70-degree afternoon in early May on Long Lake. The only thing separating today from those perfect summer days that pass by too quickly in July is the slight chill of the breeze. The patio tables at Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub are dotted … [ Read more]

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What We’re Drinking: Early April Edition

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature 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. Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch’s On The Lake – John Garland, Senior Editor  I’m pretty sure that half of my high … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): September 2015

Spotlighting four Minnesota breweries getting close to opening their doors 10K Brewing Brother and sister Jesse and Ashley Hauf are about to open the first brewery in Anoka, Minnesota, but the siblings aren’t the only ones contributing to the family affair that is 10K Brewing. [Read more…] OMNI Brewing Company “Omni” means “all” or “of … [ Read more]

Now Open: Birch’s on the Lake

There is no dining experience more Midwestern than a supperclub—except perhaps a supperclub with a brewery. This September, Birch’s Restaurant of Long Lake, Minnesota, will reopen in a new lakeside location as Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub. Moving from its former, smaller downtown location to the 12,000-square-foot space allowed Birch’s founder Burt Joseph … [ Read more]