Forager Brewery launching new beer brand Humble Forager for distribution

Since opening in 2015, the only way to get your hands on Forager Brewery’s beer has been to visit the Rochester brewpub. But soon the brewery’s beers will be distributed under a new beer brand set to launch in early 2020—Humble Forager Brewery. Humble Forager Brewery will use recipes developed at Forager Brewery to produce … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Austin Jevne of Forager Brewery

Forager Brewery is tucked into an unremarkable industrial corner of Rochester’s Kutzky Park neighborhood, flanked by featureless commercial buildings, a gas station, and train tracks. Nevertheless, the brewpub’s parking lot is at capacity and an overflow of cars is parked on the street, defying the dozens of clearly visible “No Parking” signs.  In the back … [ Read more]

How To Make Wild Minnesota Pear Cider Vinegar

Fruit vinegar is easy to make, and almost any fruit can be used to make vinegar with varying levels of intensity. I have made pear, apple, and plum vinegars using wild fruit from the bluffs of southeast Minnesota. There are many resources to make great fermented products at home; “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz is a … [ Read more]

8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded

The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any … [ Read more]

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Foraging with Forager

While Austin Jevne picks black cap raspberries, he reminisces about his childhood days spent at his family’s cabin in Minocqua, Wisconsin, and how he learned to apply just the right amount of pressure to pluck the berries from the shrubs. Back then—and even today—the Forager Brewing Co. head brewer and co-owner ate plenty of what … [ Read more]

An American brewer abroad: Germany’s brewing scene through the eyes of Minnesota native Erik Mell

Rochester native and brewmaster Erik Mell brewed a collaboration Berliner weisse (Twisted Zweig) with Forager Brewing Company in December while home for his sister’s wedding. Mell has lived in Berlin, Germany, since 2009, learning the brewing trade at Technical University of Berlin, the traditional route of climbing the German brewing ranks. He also learned brewing … [ Read more]

Now Open: Forager Brewing Company

If you’re a landowner in southeast Minnesota, you may soon be getting a knock on your door from Austin Jevne. The head brewer at Rochester, Minnesota’s, soon-to-open brewpub, Forager Brewing Company, has a passion for incorporating wild, foraged ingredients in his beer. “I enjoy it because it brings the forest to a bottle,” Jevne says. … [ Read more]

‘Business incubator’ Kutzky Market to serve up art, beer & food in Rochester

What do a brewpub, coffee shop, commercial kitchen, pop-up restaurant, and nine spaces for artists to sell their works have in common? They’ll all be under one roof at the soon-to-open Kutzky Market in Rochester, Minnesota. The market is the brainchild of Annie Henderson, a former teacher and current arts advocate and real estate appraiser. The basic idea … [ Read more]

How Local Artists Create Craft Beer’s Identity One Label at a Time

Craft beer is typically lauded mostly for what’s inside the can. But for many drinkers—especially those new to craft—love at first glance starts with the label. That’s where label artists come into play. Creative, artful labels are key to getting beer into buyers’ hands and making one brewery stand out over another on store shelves. … [ Read more]

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Rochester, Minnesota’s, Craft Beer Boom

Rochester’s ascendency in medical care with Mayo Clinic began in 1889. 125 years later, the city may become known for something else—craft beer. “I think it’s going to create a better image for Rochester,” says Austin Jevne, head brewer of the soon-to-open Forager Brewing Company. “Most people consider Rochester to be this place you go … [ Read more]