The Taste Test: Hazy IPA

The Growler’s editorial staff partnered with official BJCP judges in a blind tasting to determine the best Hazy IPAs in Minnesota. The results may surprise you.

Insight Brewing releases first sour, buys-in on solar

A trio of new developments from Insight Brewing: 1) They’ve released their first-ever sour beer, Funken City, a dry, barrel-aged saison. It features some mild Brett funk in a svelte and grapefruit-pithy body, with a twinge of acid near the finish. Funken City will be in stores next week, with a mere 35 kegs floating out to select … [ Read more]

Minnesota breweries awarded at World Beer Cup 2016

The 2016 Craft Brewers Conference came to a close in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the World Beer Cup Awards, the biannual international beer competition organized by the Brewers Association. Over the course of 96 beer style categories, Minnesota breweries won four medals. Insight Brewing of Minneapolis won bronze in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category for its … [ Read more]

Insight Brewing expands distribution across Minnesota

As of this week, Insight Brewing beers are now available in northern and south and central Minnesota. Insight recently partnered with Locher Brothers Distributing to expand their market to the south and middle of the state; Bernick’s is bringing the love to northern Minnesota. That means Insight’s five staples—Hell Chicken, Sunken City, Troll Way, Lambton Dragon, and … [ Read more]

Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, … [ Read more]

Insight Brewing fends off winter with new collaboration beer

In August 2015, Insight Brewing Company co-founder and lead brewer Ilan Klages-Mundt traveled to England. While he was there, he partnered with Elgoods Brewery to brew a collaboration beer in honor of the brewery’s 248th anniversary. The result, A Loosened Bold on the Battering Ram, a 7% ABV export stout, will be available on tap and in growlers at … [ Read more]

Brewer Profile: Insight Brewing’s Ilan Klages-Mundt

Most recent college graduates wouldn’t have turned down a job in 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession. Especially not when that job was in the graduate’s field of study. And definitely not when that field of study was music performance and teaching. But that’s precisely what Ilan Klages-Mundt did after graduating from Lawrence … [ Read more]

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Insight celebrates its first trip around the sun with a special barrel-aged stout

Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer and co-founder of Insight Brewing in Minneapolis, carefully dipped a sanitized barrel thief into the oak barrel, took a sample, and squirted the molasses colored liquid into a sampling glass. He was excited, almost giddy, to be doling out the two different samples of 2014 Gravity Well Imperial Stout—one aged in 45 Parallel’s Richmond Rye Whiskey and … [ Read more]

Grumpy’s Limited Action Beer Festival and the story behind Insight’s Crab Apple Tart

For the 14 breweries participating in Grumpy’s Limited Action Beer Festival this Saturday, the rules are simple: brew a beer exclusively for the event that uses hops picked from Grumpy’s Northeast, something Minnesotan, and an aromatic herb or flower. Aside from the hops, the other two ingredients are completely up to the breweries, and when … [ Read more]

Autumn Brew Review 2015 Recap

There is a quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin that reads, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” While the evidence suggests the original quote was about wine and not beer, craft beer fans will never argue with the sentiment. Nor would anyone argue with the phrase, “Autumn Brew Review … [ Read more]

Insight Brewing to begin canning

According to a post on Insight Brewing’s Facebook page, the Minneapolis brewery will soon begin distributing cans of its Troll Way Citrus IPA, Sunken City Saison, and Hell Chicken Pale Ale with Yuzu.   Insight opened in late 2014 at 2821 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.

Your Guide to Sunday Growler Sales in Minneapolis

Following passage at the state level and subsequent approval by the Minneapolis City Council, Sunday growler sales will be legal in Minneapolis starting this Sunday, June 14. Below is a listing of Minneapolis breweries and brewpubs that will be selling growlers on Sundays and their hours. In terms of special offers to mark the occasion … [ Read more]

The Mill: Santa Crawl, I AM ST PAUL!, and more

The Mill is ready for a long winter’s nap. Imperial stouts, braised meats, gingersnap cookies—truly the most wonderful time of the year. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Let us know @growlermag. Upcoming Events: TUESDAY 9: Easy & Oskey are mixing up cocktails at the Guthrie this evening from 6–7:30pm. The fete will take … [ Read more]

The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag. Insight Brewing Opens This Friday: We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek … [ Read more]

Insight Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis

Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer and co-founder of Insight Brewing, describes the new 30 bbl brewery located on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis as globally inspired. A look at their beer list, which features beer styles originating from Japan, Denmark, the UK, and the US, confirms this on a surface level—but there is more behind the beer … [ Read more]