The Taste Test: Hazy IPA

The Growler’s editorial staff partnered with official BJCP judges in a blind tasting to determine the best Hazy IPAs in Minnesota. The results may surprise you.

The Brewer’s Dilemma: Are hard seltzer and NA a trend or the future of the industry?

Ask any market researcher in 2015 to define the future of craft beer and the answer would have been “more beer.” Craft brewing was soaring, with brewery numbers overtaking the pre-Prohibition era and a veritable flood of SKUs hitting liquor store shelves. Ask that same economist about the future of beer in 2019 and the … [ Read more]

Will You Brew My Beer?

The once maligned practice of contract brewing is on the rise—and no one seems to care. Aswift-moving forklift pulls pallet after pallet of canned beer from a large cooler and loads them methodically into a trailer truck destined for a distributor. The beer was brewed with the best ingredients to meet detailed specifications of ABV, … [ Read more]

How Minnesota’s breweries fare under new tax rules

Summit Brewing president Mark Stutrud is excited about the new “Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.” “The tax reform is inclusive and beneficial to all brewers, which is a positive, and we’re eager to put the savings right back into our brewery so our customers can enjoy more Summit beer,” Stutrud says. The way … [ Read more]

Cold Spring Brewing Company sells to private equity firm, Brynwood Partners

Cold Spring Brewing has been sold to private equity firm. Brynwood Partners, a Connecticut-based company, announced it has acquired Cold Spring Brewing Company from the Lenore family. Founded in 1874 in Cold Spring, Minnesota, the company has roughly 350 employees and an annual sales of more than $60 million. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse releases Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter

Winter at Third Street Brewhouse is getting “cooler” with the release of their specialty beer, Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter. Clocking in at 9.1% ABV, the porter is brewed with coffee beans from Muggsy’s Beans, a local coffee roaster in St. Cloud. “This is really the perfect beer for the cold, Minnesota winter we’ve been having,” says … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse introduces a new Oktoberfest

Even though it’s only August, Third Street Brewhouse is ready for Oktoberfest. The Cold Spring, Minnesota brewery has crafted its latest seasonal beer, Oktoberfest Session Marzen, done in the traditional style of the deep amber, full-bodied Austrian and German märzen. With an ABV at 4.6%, it was about “balancing the maltiness,” according to Karl Schmitz, Third … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse to release two new beers, begin canning in March

Third Street Brewhouse in Cold Spring, Minnesota, announced today that it will begin canning in 16-ounce cans and will release two new year-round beers starting this March. In addition to being more a more environmentally-friendly package, the brewery’s move to 16-ounce cans from glass bottles was a no-brainer from a logistical point of view. “For us it was an … [ Read more]

Taking center stage: The beer revival in middle Minnesota

Breweries in the heart of Minnesota are popping up faster than holiday décor in big-box stores, but do they have what it takes to make it long-term? You probably have a mental image of what an outstate Minnesota beer drinker looks like. It’s a guy. He’s middle-aged, a little paunchy, wearing a jacket with his … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse Spotlight IPA

Third Street Brewhouse Spotlight IPA 7.5% ABV, 70 IBU Once a year, the brewers at Third Street split up into pairs to create a brew. After a round of blind tasting, the most worthy brew is chosen to be in the Spotlight. This year’s winner was a rye IPA brewed with cascade, centennial, and columbus … [ Read more]

The Mill: 612Brew Day and Charitable Drinking

The Mill is feeling content with long nights, cribbage marathons and the occasional Hamm’s. Don’t forget to hop on the Green Line this weekend and support some construction-plagued businesses. We sure plan to, and we’ll update you as we do. Events: Mayor Hodges will declare this Thursday “SIX ONE TWO BREW DAY” in the city … [ Read more]

Third Street Brewhouse to Release Spotlight IPA

Third Street Brewhouse has a new spring seasonal! This new seasonal is called Spotlight IPA and comes with a strong hop character and balanced malt foundation. But what makes this brew claim the “spotlight” among other IPAs? After the Third Street brewers collaborated on a new recipe they used a special technique called mash hopping, … [ Read more]