Working Together: Will Hubbard’s egoless spirit defines Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative’s beers

From grocery stores and credit unions, to restaurants and apartments, all the way up a wall to bouldering gyms, Minnesotans are enamored with co-ops. Chalk it up to our state’s rich agricultural tradition, or perhaps the multitude of progressive-minded wallets in our metro areas. For Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative’s head brewer Will Hubbard, that co-op … [ Read more]

Dave Hoops: Master Brewer, Realist, and Risk-Taker

With his wavy, tousled hair, generous salt-and-pepper beard, and preferred outfit of jeans and a flannel shirt, Dave Hoops fits the archetypical portrait of a brewer better than that of a businessman. Yet his 25-plus years of experience in the industry have afforded him a wealth of expertise in the business of making beer. He’ll … [ Read more]

Tina Spurr: Mother of Barrels at Indeed Brewing Company

Walking around Indeed Brewing Company’s barrel house, tucked just off Territorial Avenue between MN-280 and University Avenue, assistant brewer Cristina (Tina) Spurr points to chalk markings on a few of the hundreds of barrels racked four high and two deep along the walls. The numbers and letters are arranged in what look like unsolved algebra … [ Read more]

The Glamorous Life of an Engineer-Brewer: Jeff Moriarty of Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Jeff Moriarty, founder and head brewer of Tin Whiskers Brewing Company in downtown St. Paul, has been fascinated with outer space since middle school. That’s when he discovered “Star Trek,” and quickly became enamored with the mechanical allure of deep space technology. “I’d imagine, if I were in the ‘Star Trek’ age, what would I … [ Read more]

Going all in with Nick Huisinga of Cuyuna Brewing Company

Nick Huisinga takes off on a trail barely wider than the tire of his fat bike, kicking up tufts of rust-colored dust into the air as he banks through root-ridden turns. The serpentine single-track trail winds through dense woods in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area outside of Crosby, Minnesota. Exposed boulders and trees jutting … [ Read more]

Back to the Source with Chris Priebe of Millstream Brewing Company

Chris Priebe’s first word as a child: “Hi.” His second: “Beer.” At two years old, he was enjoying small sips of his grandfather’s beer. At 16, he traveled to Germany, thus beginning his love affair with German beer. As an adult, Priebe found himself as an unofficial “taster” for the Dubuque Star Brewery in Dubuque, … [ Read more]

Of Dogs and Brewers: Jeremy Hale and Blake Verdon of LTD Brewing

Watching as a customer with a dog sits down in the corner of the patio at LTD Brewing in Hopkins, Minnesota, Blake Verdon steps out of his conversation and brings a bowl of fresh water for the dog, then takes the man’s order. He isn’t just being nice, although he does ooze Midwestern friendliness (he’s … [ Read more]

Earth Rider Brewery’s Rule of Three: Allyson Rolph, Tim Wilson, and Frank Kaszuba

Earth Rider’s spacious brewery is filled with the typical elements: a mountain of grain bags stand atop pallets, next to a handful of beer-filled barrels stacked two-high. Looming over everything, the brewing system hums loudly, as one would expect out of an operation that can produce around 3,000 barrels annually. But the bustling brewery and … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Dane Breimhorst of Burning Brothers Brewing

From the corner of Thomas Avenue and Wheeler Street, St. Paul’s Burning Brothers Brewing doesn’t look like a mecca for gluten-free beer drinkers across the region, but the “Gluten-Free Facility” sign hanging from the door tells me I’ve come to the right place. Inside, I find co-owner and brewer Dane Breimhorst and his team casually … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Bobby Blasey of Able Seedhouse + Brewery

For Bobby Blasey, Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s head brewer, it all comes back to the bagpipes. Just a few moments into our conversation, he brings up the bagpipe band he plays in. It’s as though his relationship to the instrument is the lens through which he views the world. “There really wasn’t a definitive moment … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Eric Harper of Utepils Brewing

Utepils wants to be approachable. Despite its size and grandeur—and the facility is quite large and shiny—the brewery aims to produce Old World–style beer simply and without fanfare, and to be a place where everyone can find something they like and not be intimidated. Eric Harper, Utepils Brewing’s head brewer, could not be more well-suited … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Derek Allmendinger of Unmapped Brewing

It’s clear right away that Derek Allmendinger, head brewer at Unmapped Brewing, is a thinker. He deeply considers every question, and when he answers “I don’t know,” it is not a cue to move on to the next question, but an opportunity to further contemplate the answer. This is the gift that Derek not only … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Mat Waddell of Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Walking around the large barrel cellar at Wild Mind Artisan Ales with brewer Mat Waddell, it’s clear to see he’s having a hell of a lot of fun. The room is filled with equipment for experimentation: hundreds of oak barrels, six large foeders, a custom-built coolship, and a blending tank. Mat pinballs around the room, … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Jeff Vondenkamp of Portage Brewing Company

As I sit down to interview Jeff Vondenkamp over beers in Portage Brewing Company’s taproom in Walker, he deflects my first question. Before I get started, he wants to know about my background and what led me to write for The Growler. Curiosity seems to be a big motivator for Jeff. While a first impression … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Ryan Mihm of FINNEGANS Brew Co.

With a flecked beard, an easy-going smile, and a plaid shirt that’s more of a uniform than accessory, Ryan Mihm looks like he’d be just as comfortable cutting logs as slinging kegs. He’s been brewing professionally for almost a decade at Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company, New Belgium in Colorado, and most recently, Insight. Now he’s … [ Read more]