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]

Sociable Cider Werks to debut caramel apple cider at 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Cooking caramel! #MNStateFair #CaramelApple #SociableSummer MNBeer pic.twitter.com/VkQb50Cu3X — Sociable Cider Werks (@SociableCider) August 12, 2016 When Lift Bridge first brewed their Mini Donut Beer for the Minnesota State Fair a few years back, they set off a chain reaction among Minnesota breweries that has since spawned beers like Flat Earth’s S’mores Porter and Excelsior’s Maple … [ Read more]

The State of Cider 2016: Updates from cideries during Minnesota Cider Week

For at least one week in the year, cider reigns supreme in Minnesota. Town Hall Brewery’s sixth annual weeklong cider celebration runs through June 11, and this year the event was rebranded Minnesota Cider Week to reflect the growing community of cidermakers and cider drinkers across the state. Cider is an essentially simple beverage—take apple juice, ferment … [ Read more]

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Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, … [ Read more]

Burgers, bikes & beers: 5 things to do this weekend

Every Minnesotan knows—though they may not like to admit it—that summer is fleeting, which is why we end up with jam-packed weekends such as this one. Here are five things to do this weekend that you won’t end up regretting when the snow inevitably starts to fly in a few short months (sorry). All Pints North All … [ Read more]

Your Guide to Sunday Growler Sales in Minneapolis

Following passage at the state level and subsequent approval by the Minneapolis City Council, Sunday growler sales will be legal in Minneapolis starting this Sunday, June 14. Below is a listing of Minneapolis breweries and brewpubs that will be selling growlers on Sundays and their hours. In terms of special offers to mark the occasion … [ Read more]

In Cahoots! Returns for Year Two

10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would … [ Read more]

No Gluten, No Problem

Nightingale and Sociable Cider Werks team up for a gluten-free spring dinner Photos by Ellen Burkhardt Gluten has surfaced as Public Enemy No. One in the nutrition world in recent years. From added allergy labels to full-out gluten-free restaurants, awareness of the pesky protein has grown immensely. That’s meant more (and better) dining options for … [ Read more]

Cans and Growlers meet in The Crowler

Cans have taken over as the craft beer container of choice. So it makes sense that the can craze should extend that into taproom takeaways in place of those cumbersome 64 oz. glass jugs. Enter the can growler, or Crowler. It’s not the death of the glass growler yet, but options are increasing for other take … [ Read more]

The Mill: T-Day Beers, Tryptophania, Christmas Markets and more

The Mill is just about set for Thanksgiving. We’re trying out turkey liver mousse recipes (like Tiny Diner’s, above) and we know which three beers we’re bringing on Thursday. Which local suds will grace your holiday tables? Any other T-Day beer events you’re excited about? Let us know what’s on your radar in The Mill by tweeting … [ Read more]

The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag. Insight Brewing Opens This Friday: We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek … [ Read more]