FINNEGANS nearing $2 million donation milestone, but brewery finances are at a critical point

Since its inception in 2000, FINNEGANS’ mission statement has been to raise awareness of and combat food insecurity in communities across the Midwest. The company has truly put their money where their mouth is—donating 100 percent of its profits to charity since 2011 in order to line food shelves with locally grown produce. By September … [ Read more]

Where the Wild Beers Are: More Minnesota brewers are investing in mixed-culture programs

Ten years ago, locally made wild and spontaneously fermented ales were rarities. Most examples found in liquor stores and in beer bars were imported Belgian lambics and Flemish red and browns ales. Local brewers were so reluctant to introduce wild yeasts and bacteria in their brewhouse for fear of contaminating their non-sour beers that it … [ Read more]

Growler Giveaway: Sign Up For A Chance To Win A Private Happy Hour Party at FINNEGANS

In the same spirit that buys a pint for a lad down on his luck, FINNEGANS believes in helping those in need. That’s why they donate every penny of their profits to the FINNEGANS Community Fund. What better reason to raise a pint or two? Or 12? The company aims to be a leader in social … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: St. Paddy’s Day stouts galore, plus FINNEGANS unveils its new brewery

With over 150 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 every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email. … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Ryan Mihm of FINNEGANS Brew Co.

With a flecked beard, an easy-going smile, and a plaid shirt that’s more of a uniform than accessory, Ryan Mihm looks like he’d be just as comfortable cutting logs as slinging kegs. He’s been brewing professionally for almost a decade at Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company, New Belgium in Colorado, and most recently, Insight. Now he’s … [ Read more]

Finnegans and Badger Hill team up in new brewing partnership

Finnegans, the nonprofit beer company currently building its Finnegans House brewery and social entrepreneurship incubator in Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced it will be partnering with Badger Hill Brewing Company in a unique business arrangement known as an alternating proprietorship. While both companies remain separate entities, the partnership allows the breweries to share each other’s infrastructure and will help … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: October 2016

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. Tattersall Distilling Amaro, John Garland, Senior Editor John Keats once called autumn the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That’s also the feeling I get from my … [ Read more]

It’s official: September 1, 2016, is “Finnegans Brew Co. Day” in Minnesota

Raise a glass to FINNEGANS on September 1, 2016, as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has officially proclaimed it to be “Finnegans Brew Co. Day.” Founded on September 1, 2000, FINNEGANS is built on a philanthropic mission—battling hunger. The company contributes 100% of its profits to the FINNEGANS Community Fund, which purchases food to stock local food shelves. “Finnegans directly impacts … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS and Kraus-Anderson break ground on new ‘brewtel’

FINNEGANS and Kraus-Anderson broke ground yesterday, April 28, on a new three story brewery-hotel complex in Downtown Minneapolis. Kraus-Anderson unveiled its master plan to remake a block in Elliot Park, between Portland and 5th avenues between 8th and 9th streets near downtown Minneapolis, back in August 2015. The building will be the home of its new headquarters, a … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS expands its flock with Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc

FINNEGANS, which just launched Hoppy Shepherd session ale in Feburary, just announced that it has another trick up its sleeve: Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc, which will hit the streets May 1. The 5.8% ABV ale will a limited-edition offering, only available during summer months (or until they run out; they’re planning to brew at least 500 barrels). It … [ Read more]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Women have always played a huge part in the creation of beer. In fact, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” says Professor Jeffrey Pilcher in his History of Drink course at the University of Minnesota, “It was a domestic thing and a homemaker’s job.” Women stayed on top of the beer … [ Read more]

New brew: Finnegans Hoppy Shepherd

FINNEGANS Brew Co. recently announced the release of the newest beer to join its year-round lineup: Hoppy Shepherd. The session ale features a blend of Admiral, Centennial, Citra, and Jester hops with aromas of apricot, grapefruit, and tangerine. It clocks in at 4.6% ABV and 50 IBUs. Jester is a tricky hop to track down in the United … [ Read more]

Help End Hunger. Drink FINNEGANS.

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means: it’s time for the annual FINNEGANS Drink Like You Care Campaign. For the ninth year, FINNEGANS will be matching profits dollar for dollar November 1 through December 31. That’s right: for every dollar spent on a FINNEGANS beer, two dollars will be donated … [ Read more]

New renderings of proposed Finnegans Hotel Brewery

The City of Minneapolis expressed a favorable opinion of the proposed Kraus-Anderson headquarters and Finnegans Hotel Brewery complex redevelopment plan. According to a report in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: The conceptual design includes a five-story Kraus-Anderson office building to replace the contractor and developer’s 41-year-old, two-story headquarters on the site. The block proposal also includes a … [ Read more]