Brew Local, Export Global: U.S. microbreweries test the waters in international markets

International exports might seem at odds with American craft brewing. We think of U.S. craft brewers as focused on breaking into neighboring states, not neighboring countries. But in 2017, nearly half a million barrels of U.S. craft beer was exported by land or by sea. While it’s routinely positioned as a “local” product in a locavore … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: December 2019

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

State of Milwaukee Beer: The Brew City’s second coming

Milwaukee—Wisconsin’s largest city—has more than earned its nickname of Brew City. Once home to some beer’s largest players (Miller, Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz), Milwaukee was at one time the king of American lagers. Over the decades it’s seen the rise and fall of beer barons, a revitalization of the beer scene thanks to craft beer, and, … [ Read more]

Tina Spurr: Mother of Barrels at Indeed Brewing Company

Walking around Indeed Brewing Company’s barrel house, tucked just off Territorial Avenue between MN-280 and University Avenue, assistant brewer Cristina (Tina) Spurr points to chalk markings on a few of the hundreds of barrels racked four high and two deep along the walls. The numbers and letters are arranged in what look like unsolved algebra … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing to open second brewery and taproom in Milwaukee

Indeed Brewing is expanding its operations in Wisconsin by building a second brewery and taproom in Milwaukee. The new 10-barrel brewery will be located at 530 South Second Street in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, which co-owner Tom Whisenand says reminds him distinctly of their home hood of Northeast Minneapolis. Whisenand says that, while the project … [ Read more]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: March 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor ■ Boom Island Kriek Boom Island’s Spontaneous Series has yielded some of the state’s most complex wild ales and their latest offering, Kriek, continues the … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Breweries feel the love with fruited sours and chocolate infusions

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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly email. … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Hullabaloo, Festival of Oak, and Fresh Hop Fest bring the beer

With well over 100 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 growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: July 2017

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. Steel Toe Brewing Sommer Vice Hefe-Weizen Ale – Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor A tall glass of hazy hefeweizen on a shady terrace overlooking the water is the perfect … [ Read more]

Centro is testing tacos from the Wyn65 truck

We spied the Wyn65 food truck out last Saturday, vending on Quincy Street outside the future home of Popol Vuh and Centro. The dual-concept restaurant from Lyn65 chef Jose Alcaron is targeting an October opening. For now in the Winnebago, they’re testing out tacos—we inhaled a couple lamb barbacoas—and papas chingonas, fries smothered in chipotle mayo and queso fresco. … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing pulls homebrew kits from Northern Brewer’s shelves

The news hit on October 14 that Northern Brewer Hombrew Supply had been sold to ZX Ventures, the venture capital arm of AB InBev. Today, Friday, October 28, Indeed Brewing of Northeast Minneapolis announced that it will pull the two homebrew kits modeled after its Day Tripper Pale and Midnight Ryder Black IPA. The brewery explained the … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 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. Pere Mata Cupada No. 15 Cava – John Garland, Senior Editor You may have heard about “grower Champagne,” the small-batch bubbly that’s vinified by the farmers … [ Read more]

The State of Sours: An update on Minnesota’s funkiest beers

Minnesota brewers are becoming fixated on mixed-fermentation [Editor’s Note: This post will continue to be updated with more news on sours made by Minnesota’s breweries] A whole new segment of Minnesota beer has turned sour. Or maybe not sour—that makes it sound like a mistake. These beers are intentionally tart and astringent, funky and wild. “Sour beer” is … [ Read more]

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Indeed Brewing’s Let It Roll IPA available August 1

Indeed Brewing‘s Let It Ride IPA may only be around from March to July, but fans of the Northeast Minneapolis brewery will be able to get their IPA fix throughout the rest of the year with their semi-seasonal Let It Roll IPA. Launching on August 1, Let It Roll is a 6.2% ABV IPA that leans strongly … [ Read more]

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