Brewer Profile: Caleb Levar of Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Oakhold Farmhouse Brewery

I turn on my recorder and loft up what I think is a softball question: “What led you to go the brewmaster route?” Caleb Levar and his business partner Levi Loesch exchange a look. In pure Minnesota Nice fashion, they both immediately look away and smile but clearly something is amiss. I’ve said something wrong … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: May 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, 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. Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. Rollingstoner – John Garland, Senior Editor I love the beer Joe Pond is making in Rollingstone. He uses old-school techniques that make … [ Read more]

Fair State planning ‘Big Bottle Drop’ of sours for Jan. 28

Fair State Brewing Cooperative is planning a “Big Bottle Drop”on January 28 of two new mixed culture sours and a re-release of one fan favorite. One of the new releases is U-Pick, a 5.5% ABV barrel-fermented sour beer made with 280 pounds of raspberries picked by Fair State’s member-owners, workers, and friends in August 2016. … [ Read more]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

Fair State Brewing expanding with new St. Paul production brewery

Ever since the grand opening of Fair State Brewing Cooperative in October of 2014, many people have wondered about the letters STPL on the Northeast Minneapolis brewery’s logo. “People are always asking, ‘Why does it say St. Paul?’ I’ve always said we love to claim both cities because it’s such a vibrant metro, but really … [ Read more]

Sponsored: Saving Minnesota’s pollinators one pint at a time

By the Minnesota Zoo Editor’s note: This content was sponsored by the Minnesota Zoo. Minnesota’s prairie butterflies and other pollinators are vanishing along with most of their habitat. The Dakota skipper, a small beautiful prairie butterfly, is on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss. Today, only about 1% of historic tallgrass prairie remains, and what … [ Read more]

Fair State teams up with San Diego’s Modern Times on collaboration beer

An interest in the sour program at Northeast Minneapolis’ Fair State Brewing Cooperative led the folks at San Diego’s Modern Times Beer to pursue a collaboration between the two breweries. Fair State head brewer Niko Tonks is heading to San Diego this weekend to help brew a beer they’re calling The Shoulder of Orion, a … [ 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]

Beer list for Fair State’s Mixed Culture sour festival

Fair State Brewing Cooperative has put a stake in the ground on the funkier side of beer. The Northeast Minneapolis brewery will dig into the recesses of their cellar to celebrate all things sour at their Mixed Culture (Festival of the Funky & Sour) on June 25 from 2–8pm. The event is free to attend … [ 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]

First Taste: Fair State’s Old Richmond Rye

Fair State Brewing Cooperative was making good use of their new cellar on Monday, hand filling their first oak barrel aged beer. Named Old Richmond Rye, it is a collaboration with 45th Parallel Distillery out of New Richmond, Wisconsin., and is an imperial brown ale aged in the distillery’s New Richmond Rye barrels. Filling bottles … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s first sour-only brewery is coming to (where else?) a pole barn up north

For a style of beer that requires wild yeast and bacteria to flourish, it only seems fitting that Minnesota’s first sour-only brewery is coming together in a converted pole barn in northern Minnesota. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl at MSP Magazine is reporting that construction on Oude Oak’s brewery in Midway Township just south of Duluth will begin … [ Read more]

Lessons from Year One

We asked six Minnesota breweries to reflect on the ups and downs of their first year in the brewing business Minnesota will have more than 100 craft breweries in business by the end of 2015. It’s remarkable, considering the state had only five licensed breweries in 2005. While all the new developments are interesting, what’s … [ Read more]

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In Cahoots with Mikey and Niko: Episode Three – Victory

A behind-the-scenes look at the Fulton + Fair State collaboration beer: Horatio August 2, 8pm, Red Stag Supperclub Block Party On a hot, sunny, classic August day, a champion was born: Horatio, a sour wheat beer with rhubarb and Nelson Sauvin hops, beat out four competing collaboration beers at the second annual In Cahoots! festival … [ Read more]