Three Minnesota breweries among the top 50 in the U.S.

Three Minnesota breweries are on the Brewers Association’s annual lists of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the U.S. and the 50 top overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Summit Brewing Company, August Schell Brewing Company, and Surly Brewing Company came in at 24th, 25th, and 34th, respectively, … [ Read more]

Fair trial: Our favorite new State Fair libations

Drinking at the Minnesota State Fair is all about balance. You don’t want anything too thick or heavy, nor anything too dry. You’re looking for something crisp and tart, light and refreshing. Something to pep you up. Something to help you slink amidst 100,000 of your closest statesmen. Something to help wash away whatever cheese and … [ 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]

SW Craft Bar ups its beer game with cask selections

SW Craft Bar (formerly Señor Wong) underwent a major rebrand late last year, to reflect the restaurant’s increasing focus on craft beer, cocktails, and exotic dishes. Today, they announced another element of their new identity: the addition of cask beer to their 25 craft beer tap lines. “We are really looking forward to showcasing cask … [ Read more]

Summit releases Unchained #20: Sticke Alt

Summit Brewing Company’s 20th beer in its Unchained Series will be Sticke Alt, a Düsselfdorf Style Ale. Sticke Alt beer is maltier and hoppier than traditional Altbier, and is commonly offered in secret in Düsselfdorf, Germany. The recipes for such beers are also kept secret, meaning no two Sticke Alt beers are ever brewed the same way … [ Read more]

Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA

Summit Brewing Co. Unchained #18, Hop Silo Double IPA 8.3% ABV, 101 IBU Summit has finally brewed a Double IPA, and it doesn’t disappoint! Beautiful aromas of citrus fruits and fresh-cut hay build anticipation. On the palate the intense hop flavors are an intriguing blend of citrus and earthy flavors. A sturdy backbone of UK … [ Read more]

Coming Soon: Summit’s Hopvale Organic Ale

It’s no secret in the craft beer industry that session beers are trending. Lower alcohol beers with character have become a staple in the flagship lineups of craft beer’s biggest (and best) breweries. Local legend Summit Brewing Company has taken note. Summit is getting set to release an organic hoppy session ale called Hopvale Organic Ale that … [ Read more]

The Mill: Stouts, Trademarks, World Records and More

The Mill is bracing for the cold. We’ve seen the videos of snow in Calgary and hear that same front is headed our way. So, looks like it’s time to hunker down with some great stouts and terrible movies. Upcoming Events: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is hosting Brews And Canoes at Aria tomorrow. … [ Read more]

The Mill: Dabbling, Kielbasas, 99-packs and More

The Mill is back to work, back to school, back to the grind. Now that September is upon us, it’s imperative to squeeze out every last ounce of summer. And what better way to do that than by coming to Midway Stadium this Saturday for the Summer Beer Dabbler? Events: Kramarczuk’s is holding their 5th … [ Read more]

Grab a Craft Brew at These Four Minnesota Gaming Establishments

Minnesota might never have an answer to Vegas, but its racetracks and casinos are focusing on one thing that’s in short supply at most Sin City establishments: craft beer from across the great Midwest. We consulted with four major gaming establishments within easy driving distance of the Twin Cities and came back with some encouraging … [ Read more]

Blues & Brews Canvas Health Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 19th from 6–10pm—that’s when the Blues & Brews charity fundraiser makes its return. This year the event will be held in the beautiful Van Dusen Mansion on LaSalle Ave. in Minneapolis. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Canvas Health‘s youth in crisis programs. A program that helps children, … [ Read more]

International Women’s Day

Saturday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and The Growler would like to celebrate it by thanking all the women who brew, drink, and support the craft beer industry.  As history shows, women have always been a huge part in the creation of beer. Actually, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” … [ Read more]

UPDATED: Firkin Fest at The Happy Gnome

It’s that time of year again. . . The Happy Gnome, on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, has been a leader in the local and national craft beer scene since it’s opening eight years ago. This spring, The Happy Gnome will host its annual Firkin Fest: a collection of specially-brewed ales using traditional ingredients. Each … [ Read more]

Peruvian Biologist/Brewer Visits Summit Brewing Company

Originally posted on Summit Brewing Company’s Blog By Chip Walton Recently, Summit’s Quality Assurance/Quality Control Lab Staff hosted an international visitor. Daniella de la Puente is a brewer and biologist for Cervecería Barbarian in Lima, Peru. Daniella spent more than a week shadowing and working with our lab, brewing and packaging crews learning what processes, procedures and … [ Read more]

Look for Summit’s 2nd Union Series Brew: Rebellion Stout

The second brew from Summit’s limited-release Union Series, available very soon, is called Rebellion Stout. So what’s with the name? Summit chose to call this special edition “Rebellion Stout” to acknowledge the independent nature of Cork County, Ireland — also called “The Rebel County” — where the excellent Stout malt used in this brew originates. … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20