What We’re Drinking: February 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. John Garland, Senior Editor ★ Ale Asylum Hu$h Money IPA The first seasonal release to enter Minnesota from Madison’s Ale Asylum is a showcase of the Hallertau Blanc hop. … [ Read more]

The increasingly blurry line between brewpubs and breweries

Brewpubs and breweries both have “brew” in their titles and both places serve beer; and that’s largely where the similarities between the two business models end—or at least where they used to. Brewpubs and breweries are separate entities, each with its own definition and set of possibilities and limitations, and each offering owners very different business opportunities. However, the legislation passed in … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: Dustin Brau of Brau Bros. Brewing Company

Photos by Jim Tate, Southwest Minnesota State University Name: Dustin Brau Hometown: Lucan, Minnesota (population 220) Works at: Brau Brothers Brewing Company Turn-Ons: Beers too unique to fit in a style category Turn-Offs: “I can’t” and “You can’t.” The Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Dustin Brau: MooJoos, Sheephead, Urban Growler’s growlers, and stuff from the guys out in Hendricks. G: Favorite beer … [ Read more]

AHA Big Brew Events in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa

At a fundamental level, beer has always been about bringing people together. Whether you’re brewing it or drinking it (or both), there’s a good chance you’re not doing it alone. What better way to embody this tradition than to participate in one of many American Homebrewers Association (AHA) annual Big Brew events on May 2, which … [ Read more]

Brau Bros Hundred Yard Dash

Brau Bros Hundred Yard Dash ABV: 6.8% This beer has a bright copper color with an ivory colored head. It smells of grapefruit with a hint of pine. The flavor is light and citrusy. The bite from the hops grab your tongue and make you want more. You can find touches of caramel towards the back … [ Read more]

Bigger and Better: Minnesota Breweries Build for the Future

All around the state, Minnesota’s breweries are expanding brewing capacity and putting ambitious distribution plans in place. By Jeremy Zoss Photos by Joe Alton Four months after opening its small North Minneapolis brewery, Boom Island Brewing’s founder Kevin Welch knew that he would need to expand. Welch and his family—who are also his business partners—planned … [ Read more]

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