Brewers Association releases Top 50 Breweries list for 2015

The Brewers Association (BA) released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Here are the top 10 largest craft breweries in the country: 1. D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc (pictured, above) 2. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard) 3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. … [ 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]

Two charged with felony in Spotted Cow sale

For serving Spotted Cow at Maple Tavern last spring, Brandon Hlavka and David Lantos were each charged Thursday with a single felony count of transporting alcohol into Minnesota for resale. New Glarus is not a licensed alcohol manufacturer in Minnesota, and is therefore prohibited from distribution in the state. The Star Tribune reports: “The Wisconsin Department … [ 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]

The Mill: In Cahoots and Uneasy Detente

The Mill has returned from the lake. Duluth treated us to a gorgeous 84 degrees to sample from 66 breweries in Bayfront Festival Park. Now it’s time to get collaborative at Red Stag and find some interesting new summer beers. Got any inside brew info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: We’ve added an interesting twist to … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene in Western Wisconsin, Part Two

By Emily Weiss In the last issue of The Growler we explored Western Wisconsin, pairing beers from its well-established craft brewery scene with some of the area’s most worthwhile outdoor excursions. In this issue we’re continuing this tour of our neighbors to the east, looking to the charming smaller towns and vibrant larger cities of … [ Read more]