Broken Clock Brewing Coop moving into 56 Brewing’s California St. brewery

There’s no shortage of beer news in Northeast Minneapolis. HeadFlyer Brewery recently announced plans to open on East Hennepin and 56 Brewing is moving down the road to a bigger space at the end of the year. In relation to that move, 56 also recently sold their 700-square-foot nanobrewery at 3134 California St NE to … [ Read more]

Fair State releasing Citra Sour this Thursday, July 7

The sour beer lovers of the Twin Cities should keep their eyes peeled at Fair State Brewing Co-op for the next year or so. They’ll be releasing all manner of sours in the upcoming months—including this week, a hopped-up version for summer. Fair State Citra Sour was the first keg to get drained at their Mixed Culture festival at … [ Read more]

Fair State reveals Roselle cans (and then some)

Fair State Brewing Cooperative announced this week that its flagship sour, Roselle, is now available in cans. How’d they share the good news? Like this: Roselle, which was formerly the second in Fair State’s LÄCTOBÄC series of lactobacillus-soured beers, is infused with hibiscus flowers at flame-out, lending the beer floral and citrus aromas/flavors and a red hue. … [ Read more]

Building a Brewery, Chapter 1: Oakhold Digs In

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a monthly series of journal entries in which Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery co-founder Levi Loesch writes on the victories and setbacks of building his mixed-fermentation brewery in northern Minnesota. Introduction: A short history of a brewery-in-planning When our friends at The Growler asked Caleb Levar and me if we would be willing to … [ Read more]

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Fair State Brewing Coop & Bauhaus to release collaboration beer

Niko Tonks, the head brewer over at Fair State, has been looking to collaborate with Matt Schwandt and the Bauhaus crew for over a year. “It’s not hard to find people to collaborate, it’s hard to find the time to do it” says Tonks. Schwandt mirrored his desire to team up with Niko and the team at … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: Stouts, sours, and sparkling wine

Welcome 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. Fair State Rye Falutin – Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief A photo posted by Fair State Brewing Cooperative (@fairstatecoop) on Mar 5, 2016 … [ Read more]

Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, … [ Read more]

Fair State, Surly, and Town Hall represent Minnesota in RateBeer’s best-of awards

Fair State Brewing Cooperative was named one of the 2015 Top New Brewers in the World by RateBeer this weekend, coming in tenth among the more than 5,400 new world-wide breweries. From RateBeer’s website: Fair State is the first Minnesota brewery to receive this award. The brewery was also named the best new brewery in Minnesota … [ Read more]

New beer alert: Fair State Saison Drei

Anyone who’s tasted Fair State Brewing Cooperative‘s sour beers has to admit they’ve shown an above-average command of those funky yeasts. Beginning this Thursday, December 17, their new Brettanomyces-aged saison looks to continue that reputation. Saison Drei is their new pale, rustic saison. Head brewer Niko Tonks (above) says he “modeled this beer after some of the beers … [ Read more]

A U of M Design Class Crafted Tap Handles for Three Minnesota Breweries

Photos by Warren Bruland If you were at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club on December 16, 2014, you got a firsthand look at an exciting collaboration between some of Minnesota’s best craft brewers and designers. If you weren’t, don’t worry: You can see the fruits of the collaboration at Excelsior Brewing Company and Fair State … [ Read more]

3 Beers I’m Bringing to Thanksgiving

This post is a collaboration with our good friends at Bow & Arrow Magazine. Check out their stylish blog, where this post originally appeared, and follow them @bowandarrowmag. — I can scarcely contribute anything to my family’s Thanksgiving meal. Turkey is my dad’s domain. My grandmother is a wizard with pies. My mom’s stuffing and … [ Read more]

The Mill: Walktoberfest, Food Trucks, Shipwrecked Beer, and Fresh Hops

The Mill is ready for a full weekend of new taprooms, more Oktoberfests, fresh hops, and sunshine. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday through Sunday it’s Walktoberfest at the Walker Art Center. Enjoy local crafts, sausages from Butcher & The Boar, and live music in the Walker’s very … [ Read more]