Askov Finlayson giving 110% to fight climate change

As a teenager, Eric Dayton sat in awe as famed polar explorer Will Steger rolled out a map of Antarctica to show him the route of an epic transcontinental expedition. The moment fueled Dayton’s love of the outdoors and exploration, gained during summers paddling through the Boundary Waters as a camper at Camp Widjiwagan in … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: An all-woman brewing team conjures up a ‘Witches’ brew’

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly … [ Read more]

WitchHunt Release Party

Come to the taproom Thursday, Oct 26th for the release of our Cascadian Dark Ale, The WitchHunt. This bitter brew clocks in at 6.66% ABV and 70 IBU. Witches are everywhere. You may not believe it, but it’s true whether you like it or not. Once you start looking, you’ll see us everywhere- including your … [ Read more]

Beer imitates art at Mia’s Artoberfest

Long before today’s smartphones, selfie sticks, and Instagram, artists were commissioned to document the every day happenings of contemporary events in eighteenth-century Europe. “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art focuses on the masterful works of view painters, including Canaletto, Bellotto, Robert, Panini, and Guardi. Head over to Mia … [ Read more]

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]