The Mash-Up: Surly Wet, more Oktoberfests, and fall seasonals back on tap

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]

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]

Surly alums bringing new brewery to St. Paul’s Lowertown

A team of brewing industry veterans announced plans to open their own brewery in St. Paul’s Lowertown. Barrel Theory Beer Company is expected to open in early 2017 on the corner of 7th Street East and Wacouta in the bustling east end of St. Paul’s downtown. The brewery and taproom is a partnership between Surly Brewing Company’s … [ Read more]

Gold and Bronze: Five Minnesota breweries medal at GABF 2016

Five Minnesota beers were awarded medals from a field of over 7,200 beers judged at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition in Denver, Colorado. Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, won gold for its flagship Extra Pale Ale in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category. According to the GABF website, Summit EPA has won five … [ Read more]

Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl is back

Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Crawl is back for a third year, and now includes a dozen breweries, the organizer, GetKnit Events, announced via press release. The crawl takes place via Metro Transit’s Green Line Light Rail on Saturday, August 27, from 11am–6pm, and hits up the following breweries: Inbound BrewCo Modist Brewing Fulton Beer Day … [ Read more]

Surly Brewing’s 2016 featured artist contest closes February 17

Are you an artist? Do you love beer? Then Surly Brewing has the job for you. Surly is choosing a new local artist to work with in 2016 as a part of their annual featured artist contest. The contest has been open since February 5 and still accepting applications until February 17. The chosen artist will … [ Read more]

Fair State, Surly, and Town Hall represent Minnesota in RateBeer’s best-of awards

Fair State Brewing Cooperative was named one of the 2015 Top New Brewers in the World by RateBeer this weekend, coming in tenth among the more than 5,400 new world-wide breweries. From RateBeer’s website: Fair State is the first Minnesota brewery to receive this award. The brewery was also named the best new brewery in Minnesota … [ Read more]

Destination Surly: From Groundbreaking to Grand Opening

Photos by Aaron Davidson It seems just a short year ago when Omar Ansari accepted the golden shovel from his father Naseem Ansari and plunged it into the vacant dirt lot that’s now home to one of Minnesota’s most ambitious craft brewery projects. The ceremonial groundbreaking launched a year-long marathon of construction that brought Ansari’s vision for … [ Read more]

Surly Doomtree Day Bar Crawl details announced

It’s no wonder how Surly and Doomtree decided to collaborate on a special beer. Surly Brewing and the hip-hop collective, Doomtree, are both crusaders of quality. Their missions are to provide an alternative to the bland dross filling our beer glasses and our headphones, and both have gained a fervent following along the way. Now, after nine successful Doomtree Blowout concerts, … [ 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]

Surly EIGHT to be Released at The Dakota Jazz Club November 9th

Surly Brewing Company is celebrating eight years of brewing with the release of Surly EIGHT at the Dakota Jazz Club on Sunday, November 9 from 5–10pm. Related Post: Secrets of Surly: Surly by the Numbers Join the fine folks of Surly Nation that night to try EIGHT—an Oat Wine style ale aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels. Surly … [ Read more]

Darkness Day Cometh

October nights are growing longer, cold winds are blowing, and restless spirits are rising… That is, the spirits of Surly Nation awaiting the most anticipated event of the brewery’s year—Darkness Day. The annual release party for the highly regarded and coveted Russian imperial stout has grown from a small gathering of beer drinkers to a … [ 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]

The Mill: Global Microbrews, State Fair and More

The Mill is getting together. This time around, we’re skipping the fried-on-a-stick, and declaring it a banner year for ice cream and beer. And beer ice cream. And pretzel curds.  Events: State Fair goers should make sure to check the schedule for seminars at the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit. Northgate Liquors in Blaine is hosting … [ Read more]

The Mill: State Fair, Third Bird and other Big Deals

The Mill is ready to get together. And we’ll bring you complete coverage on Thursday’s coming chaos in St. Paul. In the meantime, tell us who is the best in local beer: submit your nominations for Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal 2014. Yesterday’s News: Bent Brewstillery will re-open their taproom this Thursday, August 21st beginning at 2pm. Check out … [ Read more]