Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list

The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary … [ 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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Summit announces full lineup of new beers & sampler packs for 2017

Fresh off celebrating 30 years in business in 2016, St. Paul’s Summit Brewing Company today announced its full 2017 lineup of new beers and sampler packs. Notable highlights include four new beers that will only be available in themed sampler packs and on draft, the return of two beers from Summit’s 30th anniversary series, three … [ Read more]

30 years of beer: A Summit Brewing timeline

Summit Brewing Company owner Mark Stutrud refers to himself as a non-conformist. Proof of that is on display in Summit’s Beer Hall, where a framed letter from the Brewers Association from 1983 strongly suggests he not open his St. Paul brewery. Fortunately for Minnesota beer fans, Stutrud ignored the letter, and his Extra Pale Ale … [ Read more]

Dance outside: 2016 summer music festival preview

Today, June 20, is the official start of summer, which means the calendar in the coming months is chock full of outdoor music festivals. See the list below for some of our favorites, and we’ll see you on the dance floor (or mud pit, depending on the fest and the weather). Basilica Block Party | … [ Read more]

All the deets for Summit’s 30th anniversary bash

Summit Brewing Company will celebrate its 30th birthday on Saturday, September 10, with a big old backyard bash, it announced today via press release. The party will go from 12pm to 8pm and feature Bob Mould as the headliner. Other artists include: Bully, deM atlaS, Bad Bad Hats, Apollo Cobra, and Nooky Jones. Hotpants DJs will … [ Read more]

Summit announces Unchained #22 Zingiber Cream Ale

Summit Brewing Company’s latest installment in their Unchained Series, which gives brewers absolute freedom to design new beers from their ingredients to their packaging, is Zingiber Cream Ale from brewer Christian Dixon. This is the 22nd beer in the series, which will be available on draft and in six-packs of 12oz. cans the second week … [ Read more]

PRESS RELEASE: Summit names new chief sales officer

Summit Brewing Company has named Mike Bamonti its new chief sales officer. As a member of Summit’s executive team, Bamonti will be responsible for developing strategic sales plans that promote sales growth, territory strength, customer satisfaction, brand loyalty and overall market share. A 30-year industry veteran, Bamonti has worked at the distributor level in the Chicago, St. Louis and … [ Read more]

Just in time for summer: Summit 30th Anniversary Keller Pils

With forecasted highs in the 70s and 80s for the next week, Summit Brewing couldn’t have picked a better time to release the second beer in their 30th Anniversary Series: Keller Pils. According to Summit, the beer seeks to highlight the unique flavor characteristics associated with a classic German pilsner malt, while recognizing the contributions to … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: Early April Edition

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Coffee Chocolate Golden Ale at Birch’s On The Lake – John Garland, Senior Editor  I’m pretty sure that half of my high … [ Read more]

Summit 30th Anniversary Double IPA due out next week

30th Anniversary Double IPA tall boy four-packs rolling off the canning line! #Summit30 #thebigdipa pic.twitter.com/0P8dwMJL3t — Summit Brewery (@summitbeer) March 3, 2016 Summit Brewing’s 30th Anniversary Double IPA, the first in a series of releases planned for this year to mark the St. Paul brewery’s 30th anniversary, will begin hitting store shelves next week and … [ Read more]

Summit Unchained No. 21 Us & Them is two IPAs in one six-pack

Brewing beer is hard work, but sometimes it’s a downright party, er, parti. Parti-gyling, named for a “partial gyle,” (gyle being another name for fermenting wort), is a brewing technique that originated in medieval England, if not earlier. It involves drawing wort from a mash like usual (a “first running”), then sparging the same mash to draw … [ Read more]

Summit announces special beers to mark 30th anniversary

When Summit Brewing Company founder Mark Stutrud wrote to the Brewers Association in 1983 to apply for membership and notify them that he was exploring the idea of opening a craft brewery in St. Paul, the trade organization did their best to dissuade him. Fortunately for craft beer fans in Minnesota and beyond, Stutrud ignored … [ Read more]

Last night in Lima: How my pursuit of craft beer in Peru made the world a smaller place

Everything that happened that night after the “Barbarian Challenge” was a bit of a blur. I remember exchanging hugs and contact information with our new friends, the walk-run back to the hostel, semi-frantically stuffing clothes into my backpack, and a prolonged, Art of The Deal-esque negotiation with the cab driver over how many soles a … [ Read more]

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The Summit yule log is the holiday tradition you never knew you wanted

How do you improve upon on a holiday classic? Well, if you’re Summit Brewing, you serve it with a side of Union Series #5 – Old Blaggard Barleywine. This rule holds true not only for a prime rib dinner, but also for everyone’s favorite lazy-man’s alternative to having an actual fire in your hearth: the yule … [ Read more]