When Grain Belt went dark: Minnesota beer in the year 1996

This Saturday, Minnesotans will gather along the shores of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis near Nicollet Island to celebrate the relighting of the Grain Belt sign. Erected in the 1940s and moved to its current location in 1950, the iconic sign has been dark since 1996. Take a step back in time with us as … [ Read more]

Schell’s completes purchase of Grain Belt sign; will release Lock & Dam Lager in April

August Schell Brewing Company announced this morning they’ve completed the purchase of the historic Grain Belt sign on Nicollet Island. Plans call to add the sign to the National Register of Historic Places and have it fully restored and relit by the summer of 2017 (the sign was last lit in 1975.) Schell’s is partnering … [ Read more]

Schell’s Purchasing Historic Grain Belt Sign, Hopes to Relight the Minneapolis Icon

August Schell Brewing Company, the New Ulm, MN-based makers of Grain Belt beer, have announced an agreement to purchase the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island. The brewery will donate the sign to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and with their help — and the support of a few other entities — plans to restore the sign to turn the … [ Read more]

The Mill: Global Microbrews, State Fair and More

The Mill is getting together. This time around, we’re skipping the fried-on-a-stick, and declaring it a banner year for ice cream and beer. And beer ice cream. And pretzel curds.  Events: State Fair goers should make sure to check the schedule for seminars at the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit. Northgate Liquors in Blaine is hosting … [ Read more]

A Not at All Suspicious Interview with Jeff Nelson

For this issue’s Artist Profile, we catch up with Jeff Nelson, a local beer artist (and aspiring elephant portraitist). By Joseph Alton The Growler: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met? Jeff Nelson: Suspiciously. G: How did you get into beer art? JN: I used to customize cardboard Hamm’s coasters at … [ Read more]

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A Beer Drinker’s Guide to Minnesota Fishing

Mitch Petrie of Muddy Boots Productions Talks Fishing and Beer by Mitch Petrie Illustrations by Jake Keeler // 20acrecarcass.com I’ve been a hardcore angler since the age of ten, filling most of my spare time these days fishing with friends and family. I’ve been a fan of beer for almost as long. A decade ago … [ Read more]

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Nordeast: Then and Now

Northeast is the once and future home for brewing in Minneapolis. By Jeremy Zoss In the press release announcing that 612 Brewwould locate its new brewery in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, the company referred to the area as the city’s new “Brew District.” That title was in reference to the high concentration of new … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20