Sierra Nevada releases its own Oktoberfest game

Move over Mario! Sierra Nevada created an interactive game to celebrate the release of its new German-American collaboration Oktoberfest beer. According to Sierra Nevada’s website, the brewery is on a mission to explore the roots of Germany’s festival styles of beer. This year’s Oktoberfest collaboration beer was brewed in partnership with Brauhaus Riegele in Augsburg, Germany, located 30 minutes … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Märzenbier

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. If you’ll indulge me in a bit of autobiography: Oktoberfest (the lager style, not the party) was one of the reasons I started brewing. Its clarity in the glass and the bright purity of … [ Read more]

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The Mill: Boarfest, a Beer Pipeline, and more

The Mill is gaining momentum into the fourth quarter. The Great American Beer Fest is back in Denver this weekend, new breweries and taprooms are opening at a record pace, and fresh hops and Oktoberfests are filling our weekends. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday, October 2nd, stop … [ Read more]

The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: We’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One … [ Read more]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2014

It’s just about Oktoberfest time, so break out your lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for these local events. Any other Oktoberfest events we should add to the list? Tweet us @growlermag. Friday, September 19 The new Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers in Uptown will be tapping a firkin with Lift Bridge at 6pm. $10 gets you a … [ Read more]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 9/13-9/15

Oktoberfest celebrations, ye olde giant turkey legs and family fun at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, grand opening specials at Hudson’s newest gastropub, and a 5k run make this weekend one to remember. Get out and enjoy the last few days of summer and welcome in the fall in grand fashion. Friday, September 13: Stone Tap … [ Read more]

The Best of Oktoberfest Minnesota 2013

Grab your favorite stein, Oktoberfest is upon us! By Joseph Alton Oktoberfest began as a wedding feast for Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The royalty invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the new Princess on the now famous fields Theresienwiese—”Therese’s fields” outside … [ Read more]

Lift Bridge Brewing Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

The typical gift for the 5th anniversary is wood, but at Lift Bridge’s 5th Anniversary party on September 7 hops might be more appropriate. In conjunction with Hippity Hops Farm, Lift Bridge is celebrating the occasion with this year’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ event. This anniversary is a major milestone for Lift Bridge which began in … [ Read more]

Autu(mn) Craft Beer Releases from Out-of-State Breweries

Autumn is just around the corner and to celebrate the change in seasons, craft brewers across the country are about to release their Fall-time seasonal beers. We’ve put together a list featuring just a few special beers that Minnesotans will be able to find on tap or at their local liquor stores this Fall, including … [ Read more]

Prost! Digging Down on the Origins of Oktoberfest

Munich’s Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. It’s been held nearly every year on the famous Theresienwiese since 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized a series of horse races to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Bavaria. Ironically, beer was reportedly not a central feature of that first fest—although I … [ Read more]

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