Homebrew Recipe: Maple 80 Shilling Presented by The Wedge Community Co-op

By Kyle Sisco and Shannon Pierce Photos courtesy of The Wedge Community Co-op Scottish Ales are known for their malty flavor, with beers ranging from easy-drinking, light bodied 2.5% Scottish Light 60 Shilling to the robust 10% Strong Scotch Ale. While Scottish Ales are not the most popular style among craft beer drinkers today, names … [ Read more]

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Ale to the Chief: Presidential Homebrew

Homebrewing is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yes, the White House! What is unique is that this is the first documented account of beer actually being brewed inside the White House. The bubbling of airlocks started last year when President Barack Obama purchased (with his own money) a homebrewing kit for the kitchen staff to … [ Read more]

Craft Beer at the MN State Fair 2013

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   View The Growler‘s Guide to Craft Beer at the State Fair 2014 The Minnesota State Fair is upon us. And Minnesota beer enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. What a difference six years make. It wasn’t until 2007 that The State Fair “ditch[ed] the long tradition of wimpy 3.2-percent-alcohol beer … [ Read more]

Lagunitas Releasing “Fusion 15” at Grumpy’s NE this Friday

Earlier this year, Lagunitas sponsored a homebrew contest for homebrew clubs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The winning home brewer, Peter Skold, was flown out to the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, CA to brew the special winning beer selected specifically for the Metro-area market. Skold was accompanied by Dan Herman (who was randomly selected from a … [ Read more]

7th Annual Homebrewing Contest at MN Rennfest

Entries will be accepted July 27 – August 11, 2013 at the following locations: Northern Brewer | Midwest Supplies | Still H20 | Brew & Grow Minnesota Judging will take place on-site at the MN Renaissance Festival on August 24 & 25, 2013. Enter your historic English & European-style homebrew in the 7th Annual Home-Brewed Beer, Mead & Cider Contest at … [ Read more]

Berliner Weisse: Word to Your Mother

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. Apparently, this Homebrew Recipe appeals to moms everywhere. True story: my mom doesn’t like beer…except for Berliner Weisse. That’s the sole exception. When my dad and I would homebrew, she would have to leave the … [ Read more]

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Ken Thiemann of Borealis Fermentery: A Musical (Beer) Genius

In this issue of The Growler, we Brewer Profile Ken Thiemann of Borealis Fermentery. By Brian Kaufenberg Name: Ken Thiemann, Brewer/Owner Hometown: Livonia, Michigan Works at: Borealis Fermentery Turn-Ons: Well-played music. Honest, intelligent, nice people. Turn-Offs: Not-well-played music. Unfriendly, dumb people. Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Ken Thiemann: Bell’s Oberon. G: If you … [ Read more]

Ever wonder what happens to the hops grown at Target Field?

If you went to a Twins game this season, you may have noticed the tall vines growing in the Target Field Plaza just outside of the ball park.  Those vines are hops, Willamette hops to be specific.  As Target Field was closed up for winter, one of the production crew members inquired as to what … [ Read more]