Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Jacquie Berglund of FINNEGANS

In 2000, long before the current craft beer boom, Jacquie Berglund quit a stable job to start a brewery with a mission that’s as admirable as it is succinct: feed the hungry. In the 16 years since, FINNEGANS has done just that. In 2016, Berglund’s company surpassed $1 million in total donations to community organizations … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS expands its flock with Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc

FINNEGANS, which just launched Hoppy Shepherd session ale in Feburary, just announced that it has another trick up its sleeve: Freckled Rooster Bière Blanc, which will hit the streets May 1. The 5.8% ABV ale will a limited-edition offering, only available during summer months (or until they run out; they’re planning to brew at least 500 barrels). It … [ Read more]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Women have always played a huge part in the creation of beer. In fact, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” says Professor Jeffrey Pilcher in his History of Drink course at the University of Minnesota, “It was a domestic thing and a homemaker’s job.” Women stayed on top of the beer … [ Read more]

How can you help turn beer into food for the hungry? Drink FINNEGANS.

There are hundreds of breweries in the country whose business plan include a charitable component — giving away a percentage of profits to support their community. But FINNEGANS is the only beer company we know that gives 100% of their profits back to the communities that buy their beer. Founded in 2000 by “rambunctious social entrepreneur” … [ Read more]

International Women’s Day

Saturday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and The Growler would like to celebrate it by thanking all the women who brew, drink, and support the craft beer industry.  As history shows, women have always been a huge part in the creation of beer. Actually, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” … [ Read more]

Finnegans: Mission BeerPossible

Meet Jacquie Berglund, the entrepreneur whose ability to feed the hungry with beer is … kinda sobering. By Becky Lang You’ve probably been noticing Finnegans beer a lot lately. If you haven’t sampled it at your go-to liquor store, you’ve probably seen their ads looming high on downtown Minneapolis buildings, shooting out catchy lines like, … [ Read more]