New brew: Door County L’Automne Farmhouse Ale

Back-to-school flyers are stuffing our mailboxes. Leaf-watching trips are being planned. Dew points are dropping. Despite our best efforts to prolong summer, autumn is on its way. The upside: lots of malty, comforting brews will help transition us through the waning warmth. “We wanted to brew something that was fitting for the fall weather without being … [ Read more]

Surly creates rhubarb saison for 2015 Chipotle Cultivate Festival

Photos by Aaron Davidson For the second year, Surly Brewing Company has brewed a beer for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Minneapolis. Your one-and-only chance to taste it is Saturday, August 22, from 11am—7pm in Loring Park, but The Growler crew was lucky enough to get an exclusive first taste on Wednesday. Last year, Surly’s Cultivate … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Saison Classic

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. Brewer, author, gastronome, and beer critic Garrett Oliver said, “[I]f I were forced to choose one style to drink with every meal for the rest of my life, saison would have to be it.” It’s one … [ Read more]

Biere de Garde: Getting to Know a Real Farmhouse Ale

Style Profile Goes Rustic By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint The border between France and Belgium is also a beverage border of sorts. It marks the point where the wine culture of southern Europe gives way to the beer culture of the north. While France is rightfully lauded for its fine wines, as one edges … [ Read more]