An old-school brewing kit and its 5,000 year old beer recipe

A 5,000-year-old brewery has been unearthed in China, reports NPR. Archaeologists uncovered ancient “beer-making tool kits” in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. at a dig site in the Central Plain of China. The kits included funnels, pots, and specialized jugs. The shapes of the objects suggest they could be used for brewing, … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery Celebrates One Year in Business with Release of Cans

It was just over a year ago that Pour Decisions shuttered their taproom and an ominous online statement notified the Minnesota beer community that the Roseville brewery was closing their doors in a merger. Eight months later the chrysalis emerged as Bent Brewstillery, the state’s first brewery/distillery combination. The merger may have taken many by … [ Read more]

Beer in Space — Thanks to an Ambitious Colorado 6th Grader

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Michal Bodzianowski may be too young to enjoy a pint of beer, but he’s old enough to understand its contribution to science. The eleven-year-old sees beer  as “an important factor in future civilization as an emergency backup hydration and medical source” for astronauts who may need antiseptics and an alternative source of potable water. Now … [ Read more]

Robots are taking over the world–starting with our beer.

by Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Cargo, a team of designers and developers based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, are developing a brewing ‘appliance’ called BrewBot that you can control and monitor with your smartphone. Brewbot promises to use “intelligent technology” to make it easy to have consistently high quality craft beer at home. They swear you don’t even … [ Read more]

Q&A with Joe Swanberg — Director of ‘Drinking Buddies’

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton _ In the film Drinking Buddies Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) work at a Chicago brewery. The two are quite fond of one another, but both are involved in relationships with other respective partners. A complicated and intricate love story ensues. The film is unique in that “there was no … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Western Wisconsin, Part One

By Emily Weiss In the first issue of The Growler, we played a little game of match-up, pairing beers from Duluth’s burgeoning craft brewery scene with some of the area’s most scenic and thrilling outdoor excursions. But it’s not just our northern neighbors who have much to offer in these respective departments. Wisconsin has been … [ Read more]