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]

The Mill: In Cahoots and Uneasy Detente

The Mill has returned from the lake. Duluth treated us to a gorgeous 84 degrees to sample from 66 breweries in Bayfront Festival Park. Now it’s time to get collaborative at Red Stag and find some interesting new summer beers. Got any inside brew info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: We’ve added an interesting twist to … [ Read more]

PRESS RELEASE: Surly Brewing hires Jorge Guzman as Destination Brewery Executive Chef

As the steel structure continues to rise in the Prospect Park neighborhood, Surly Brewing is already planning for the opening of its $30-plus million Destination Brewery by hiring one of the most talented young chefs in the city, Jorge Guzman, to lead its food and dining experience. Guzman has been executive chef at Solera in … [ Read more]

Surly Schadenfreude Release Parties

Schadenfreude, Surly’s seasonal Munich Dunkel Lager, is back! They’re releasing Schadenfreude on Friday, April 18 at several Old Chicago locations around the Twin Cities metro and in Duluth: Old Chicago Roseville Old Chicago Blaine Old Chicago Eden Prairie Old Chicago Apple Valley Old Chicago Eagan Old Chicago Plymouth Old Chicago Duluth About Schadenfreude: Schadenfreude is … [ Read more]

Minnesota Brewery Showcase at Muddy Waters

Today, January 15th, Muddy Waters in Minneapolis will host the ultimate tap takeover. With 30 tap lines pouring only Indeed, Steel Toe, Summit, and Surly. If you didn’t think it could get better, it does. Steel Toe will be releasing their Size 11 double IPA, made just once a year. Don’t miss this awesome Minnesota … [ Read more]

LOCALLY BREWED Portraits of Craft Breweries From America’s Heartland

  Author and photographer, Anna Blessing, has created a new book titled Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries From America’s Heartland. In it you can find an in depth look at the history, development, distribution, and processes of 20 breweries in the Midwest. Representing Minnesota are Steel Toe Brewing out of Saint Louis Park, August Schell … [ Read more]

Ground Broken on Surly’s Destination Brewery

By Brian Kaufenberg Photos by Joe Alton and Brian Kaufenberg When Omar Ansari set up his brewery in a corner of his father’s abrasives manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Center in 2005, it was hard to imagine outgrowing the space. On Tuesday morning at 11am, with family, co-workers, and members of Surly Nation in attendance, the … [ Read more]

Louie the Loon on Coffee Beer

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners 2012

  We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and November and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and … [ Read more]

A Tale of Two Surlys

Many know the beer, but do you know the bikes? Let’s make one thing crystal clear right away: Surly Brewing and Surly Bikes are entirely separate beasts. It is not a single company that makes both beer and bikes, although Surly Bikes’ Tsar of Anti-Social Media Bob Pavlica said he’s asked that all the time. Surly … [ Read more]