Cargill Purchases Australia’s Largest Malt Producer for $373M

Cargill, Inc., based out of Minnetonka, MN, is closing on a deal with Glencore Xstrata for its Joe White Maltings unit (which Glencore acquired through a $6.2B takeover of a Canadian grain handler). The deal will cost Cargill a cool $373 million. Cargill already has a portfolio of ten malting plants in markets like North … [ Read more]

Great Lakes Brewing Company Expands MN Distribution

Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) is expanding distribution in Minnesota by serving the St. Cloud region, beginning Sept 9th. Ohio’s most celebrated craft brewer of award-winning ales and lagers will enter St. Cloud with Bernick’s Beverages & Vending. And just like their current presence in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas, GLBC will make their … [ 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]

Self-Guided St. Paul Tours Now Possible with Free App

Historic Saint Paul has released Saint Paul Historical, a free mobile app and website that lets users take self-guided tours through St. Paul. The app and website feature fourteen (and counting) tours that guide users around cultural and historic sites, highlighting the interesting people, places, and moments that have shaped St. Paul’s history. This is an … [ 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]

Come “Meet the Growler” at Saturday’s Summer Beer Dabbler

St. Paul’s favorite summer beer fest has a new location.   Come join us in sunny St. Paul for the 5th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler.     Saturday, July 20th 1 – 5 PM (Gates at 12:30pm; Beer Pours at 1pm).   Event Details at the bottom of this page…   We will have a special … [ Read more]

August Schell Brewing Co. Releases “Star of the North”

STAR OF THE NORTH will be available early NEXT WEEK in the Twin Cities metro area (Week of 7/15) The Star of the North, the first entry in Schell’s Noble Star Collection of Berlin-style wheat beers, has been crafted using a very rare, revived cypress fermentation tank. Schell’s restored the cypress tank, which was purchased … [ Read more]

GetKnit North Shore Brewery Tour

We’ll admit, we’re a little late on this one — we had the opportunity to go on GetKnit’s first ever North Shore Brewery Tour way back in April — but better late than never, right? Let’s get right down to it, the North Shore Brewery Tour is awesome for a few reasons. First, if we went back … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge Limited Edition Beer Inspired by Minneapolis Band

Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Stillwater’s first Craft Brewery since Prohibition, will release American Brown, a limited edition beer, to promote the Minneapolis band, Reckless Ones, in early July. This dry hopped, blended brown ale will be the first locally made beer that is sponsored by Tuned, a new traveling label that promotes local musicians and local breweries through … [ Read more]

“The Beer Show” Debuts on 1500 ESPN

Thursdays, Starting June 27th, 8PM — “The Beer Show” Debuts on 1500 ESPN Tonight, tune into 1500 ESPN (KSTP-AM) for the debut of “The Beer Show” at 8PM. The show is co-hosted by Joe Alton, The Growler Magazine’s own Editor-in-chief and Chris Reuvers of 1500ESPN — sports personality and beer lover. Every Thursday night from 8 … [ Read more]

Surly Unveils First Renderings of New Brewery

              Surly has been generating a lot of buzz over their new ‘destination’ brewery, a $20M facility that will be built on 8.3 acres of land in Prospect Park, Minneapolis. The first ever renderings of the brewery were shown during a presentation at the company’s seventh anniversary party, last … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Roundup: June 15th & 16th

Lots of event going on this weekend! From Rock the Garden to The St. Paul Summer Beer Festival, there’s too much to do and too little time. Here’s a snapshot of what you can plan for this weekend: Saturday, June 15th: 11AM – 1:30 PM: Kegs & Eggs Beer Brunch || Stout’s Pub, Falcon Heights Join … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge Beer Release: Minnesota Tan™ (May 21)

This year, Lift Bridge is infusing its Minnesota Tan™ with delicious raspberries. Yum, right? This pink-tinted summer sipper is the perfect refreshment for Minnesotans who are at the cabin, on the lake, or unwinding in the backyard. A four-pack of Minnesota Tan is the ultimate way Minnesotans can celebrate these warmer temps! You can start … [ Read more]

MN Alcoholic Beverages Excise Tax

The ‘MN Drink Excise Tax’ (formally known as the ‘MN Alcoholic Beverages Excise Tax’)  has been generating quite a buzz lately, having recently been included in the House version of the Tax Omnibus Bill passed on April 24 and left out of the Senate with the Tax Omnibus Bill passed onMonday, April 29. Advocates on … [ Read more]

New Location for the Summer Beer Dabbler

The Beer Dabbler just announced details for a brand new location for the 5th Annual Summer Beer Dabbler. Dabblers will join fellow beer lovers on Saturday, July 20th for an afternoon of sampling craft beer from over 65 breweries, eating delicious food from some of the Twin Cities best food trucks, and enjoying live music … [ Read more]