In Cahoots! Returns for Year Two

10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in … [ Read more]

Fulton The Expat Rye Saison

Fulton Brewing Company The Expat Rye Saison 5.7% ABV, 30 IBU Ahh, saisons. Summer in a glass. The Expat is darker in color than most of its kind but still has that classic saison fruit smell. A touch of citrus zing accompanies the first sip; however the sweetness of the malt quickly takes over from there. … [ Read more]

New Beers—and More—at Target Field in 2015

Baseball season is finally back, and with it comes the announcement of the Twins’ starting lineup for the home opener today—and Target Field’s 2015 lineup of local beers. First, let’s go over the seasoned players of the stadium’s locally-brewed options: Indeed (Dandy Lager, Day Tripper, Shenanigans) Summit (EPA, Hopvale, Maibock, Saga, other seasonals) Surly (Furious, … [ Read more]

Pop-Up, Chef-Curated Spring Farmers’ Market Madness

Anyone who’s lived in the Twin Cities for any amount of time knows that farmers’ markets around here are a big deal. Like, plan-your-week-around-the-market big deal. From the Mother of Markets under the I-394/94 overpass just outside downtown Minneapolis to smaller neighborhood markets, each gathering of growers and makers has its own special charm. One … [ Read more]

Fulton Joins the Canning Party

Minneapolis’ Fulton Brewing Company is adding a canning line to its Northeast Minneapolis brewery and will release its Sweet Child of Vine IPA and Lonely Blonde American Blonde Ale in four-packs of 16 oz. cans beginning in early May. Fulton is the latest Twin Cities brewery to begin canning its beers, following recent can-adopters Summit, Bent … [ Read more]

Fulton Brewing Company Worthy Adversary

Fulton Brewing Company Worthy Adversary 9.5% ABV, 81 IBU Pours pitch black with a mocha/hazel head. A deep chocolate aroma is first, followed by a slight smokiness. The silky brew hits your lips with a burnt coffee bean flavor and a slight alcohol burn. It then changes to a creamy, vanilla softness before finishing with burnt … [ Read more]

2013 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners

We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and November and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thank … [ Read more]

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Bigger and Better: Minnesota Breweries Build for the Future

All around the state, Minnesota’s breweries are expanding brewing capacity and putting ambitious distribution plans in place. By Jeremy Zoss Photos by Joe Alton Four months after opening its small North Minneapolis brewery, Boom Island Brewing’s founder Kevin Welch knew that he would need to expand. Welch and his family—who are also his business partners—planned … [ Read more]

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Style Profile: Russian Imperial Stout

This issue’s Style Profile examines an oft-cited, if little-understood, style of beer. By Michael Agnew Illustration by DWITT Rich, warming, and impenetrably black, Russian imperial stout is one of the most beloved beer styles. Twenty-five of Ratebeer.com’s top-50 beers of 2013 are imperial stouts. They comprise 16 of the 50 top-rated beers on Beer Advocate. … [ Read more]

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Food Meets Beer: The Sample Room

By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy Eleven years ago, The Sample Room began serving a “small plates” menu before it was trendy. Now, a former sous chef returns to make his mark on the ever-evolving Northeast barroom. A century ago, the Gluek Brewery occupied three acres of riverfront land in Northeast Minneapolis. The north … [ Read more]

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Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Minneapolis Mayoral Town Hall Forum: A Recap

By Jeremy Zoss On Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 we gathered at Fulton Brewing Company in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis with five Minneapolis Mayoral candidates and dozens of members of the Minneapolis community to chat about the issues that matter to our readers — the state of the beer, food, arts, music, and biking … [ Read more]

Romance Built on Beer

Hops, Malt and Lifelong Memories By Jeremy Zoss On May 21, Angela Laidlaw and her boyfriendJared Jensen headed to Dangerous Man Brewing Company with their friend Max Lee and some Indian food. It started off as an ordinary trip, as the couple spent a lot of time at taprooms. Both are craft beer fans, and … [ Read more]

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Green Beer You Can Get Behind: Eco-Friendly Efforts

You bike to work, haul your groceries home in your own reusable bags, compost, and use the expensive compact fluorescent light bulbs but there’s something else you could be doing to reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing beer from a brewery that employs ethically and environmentally sound practices is an enjoyable way to be a little greener, … [ Read more]