Brew Local, Export Global: U.S. microbreweries test the waters in international markets

International exports might seem at odds with American craft brewing. We think of U.S. craft brewers as focused on breaking into neighboring states, not neighboring countries. But in 2017, nearly half a million barrels of U.S. craft beer was exported by land or by sea. While it’s routinely positioned as a “local” product in a locavore … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The nonprofit teaching Minnesotans about ranked choice voting one beer festival at a time

Voting your favorite brewery to best of the fest recognition has long been a standard practice at beer festivals. But for some events, it’s the ballot itself—not the beers on it—that are the focus. Check the ballot at your next event, and chances are it’s powered by FairVote Minnesota, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting … [ Read more]

‘Chef Incubator’ food trailer coming to Sociable Cider Werks

One of the trickiest angles in the world of taprooms and cocktail rooms is the integration of food. The right eats can entice guests to come back for a second, or third, or fourth beverage as a quick nip unfolds into a pleasant meal. The contrary is also true: Working with food trucks that serve … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Guide to Cider Week 2018

Celebrating all-things cider, the annual Minnesota Cider Week is back and ready for sipping action. Running June 2–9, this week-long celebration, organized by the Minnesota Cider Guild, highlights our state’s locally crafted cider, as well as many of the establishments that embrace and support the fast-growing industry. The week is full of events, from special … [ Read more]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Shakopee Brewhall debuts, plus ABR and other big beer events bring fresh flavors

With well over 100 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up-to-date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a weekly … [ Read more]

8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded

The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any … [ Read more]

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Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

Sociable Cider introduces barrel-aging program

Sociable Cider Werks co-owner Jim Watkins is never satisfied. He’s always tinkering with things, whether it’s cooking a steak or sourcing apples for the cider served at the taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s no wonder then that the Sociable team is experimenting with the complex flavors that come from barrel-aging their fermented fruit beverage. The … [ Read more]

Pain & Glory: The brutal, beer-soaked, free-for-all also known as Cyclocross

Holy hell this hurts. Holy Hell this hurts. Holy hell This Hurts. HOLY HELL THIS HURTS… What starts as a cursory observation turns into a sadistic mantra that ricochets around the brain during the 45–60 minute full-tilt boogie that is the average cyclocross race. Sure, other thoughts creep in from time to time, like “Why I am … [ Read more]

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