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.

Ask a Beer Judge: Kristen England of the BJCP shares his tips for Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA

Known from the blogs to the beirgartens as one of Minnesota’s most colorful, knowledgable, and outspoken brewers, Dr. Kristen England seemed like the perfect resource to tap for a primer on blind tasting before The Growler’s Unlabeled No. 1: Hazy IPA. Prior to his work as the head brewer and COO of Bent Brewstillery in … [ Read more]

Lupulin Brewing IPA Invitational

It’s back and bigger than ever! Don’t miss the Lupulin Brewing IPA Invitational at ERX Motor Park June 29th! Event begins at 2:00PM, but pick up those VIP tickets fast to get in an hour early (1:00PM) for an additional hour of sampling. Join us June 29th, 2019, for the 2nd Annual Lupulin Brewing IPA … [ Read more]

To Haze, Or Not to Haze?

New England IPAs are divisive. Some argue the style converts the hop-averse into enthusiastic proponents of hop flavor and aroma. Others point out their trademark haze can cause short shelf life, disguise bad brewing practices, and lead eager but uninformed consumers to value haze over quality. But at this point it’s hard to make the argument … [ Read more]

Hazed and Confused: Defined style or passing fad–examining the fate of NEIPA

In 2009, craft beer was rocked by controversy. A new kind of beer was making the scene. It was dark like a stout, but heavily hopped like an IPA. What exactly was this strange chimera? What should it be called? Was it even a style? Factions formed. “It’s a Cascadian dark ale!” proclaimed one side, … [ Read more]

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A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20