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.

Anglers are tying flies (and tying one on) at Twin Cities taprooms

Minnesota fly anglers can always go to the liquor warehouse, buy a six-pack of domestic, and go to the big-box outdoor store and buy a blister pack of mass-produced flies. And sometimes we do. Sometimes that hits the spot. But on some rare special dark winter nights in the Twin Cities—cold, clear nights with blazing … [ Read more]

Lake Monster Brewing: A canning conversion

The month of October is a time of change, from leaves transitioning to autumnal hues, to the weather becoming more brisk. And with this switching of the seasons comes another change–Lake Monster Brewing will begin selling its beer in 12-ounce cans. The St. Paul brewery not only announced it is shifting to cans this October, but also … [ Read more]

Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl is back

Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl is back for a third year, and now includes a dozen breweries, the organizer, GetKnit Events, announced via press release. The crawl takes place via Metro Transit’s Green Line Light Rail on Saturday, August 27, from 11am–6pm, and hits up the following breweries: Inbound BrewCo Modist Brewing Fulton Beer Day … [ Read more]

Valentine’s Day with baby (and beer)

Lake Monster Brewing is about to become the best friend of every beer-loving parent of an infant this Valentine’s Day. The new St. Paul taproom is partnering with Do Good Diaper Service to host “Babies and Brews Valentine’s Day Bash,” a celebration of your little (or not so little: toddlers are welcome, too!) bundle of joy … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lake Monster Brewing

“A taproom gives us a home base, it gives us an identity, it gives us the local connection—a lot more than we’ve had to this point,” says Matt Lange, head brewer and co-owner of Lake Monster Brewing. “It’s going to be huge.” Lake Monster started in 2013 by contract brewing their Calhoun Claw Pilsner and … [ 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]

The Mill: Walktoberfest, Food Trucks, Shipwrecked Beer, and Fresh Hops

The Mill is ready for a full weekend of new taprooms, more Oktoberfests, fresh hops, and sunshine. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday through Sunday it’s Walktoberfest at the Walker Art Center. Enjoy local crafts, sausages from Butcher & The Boar, and live music in the Walker’s very … [ 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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Lake Monster Brewing to Launch Two Beers in Minnesota

By Brian Kaufenberg A new Minnesota-based contract brewery called Lake Monster Brewing is launching its first two beers tomorrow in the Twin Cities. The company is made up of Matt Lange, former assistant brewer at Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum, and Matt Zanetti, the son of a former Napa Valley vineyard manager. Their first two beers … [ Read more]