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 West Side Brewers Collective: Eight breweries, one barleywine

How much does water and brewing equipment affect the taste of a beer? A new collaboration from eight West Metro breweries may hold the answer. Brewers from Lupine, South Fork, Schram Vineyards, Birch’s on the Lake, Wayzata Brew Works, Excelsior, ENKI, and Waconia joined forces and traveled to each other’s breweries to craft the same … [ Read more]

Two Minnesota breweries take home medals from 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Breweries from Maui to Munich submitted nearly 5,000 beers representing over 90 styles for the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship, an annual competition open to breweries from around the world. Judges from the U.S., England, and Canada conducted the final round of judging at the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub in Oxford, Ohio. Two Minnesota breweries took … [ Read more]

Now Open: Bob and Pete DeLange’s Waconia Brewing

UPDATE October 23, 2014: Waconia Brewing is now open When Bob and Pete DeLange open the doors of Waconia Brewing Company this October they, like their brother Kevin, will officially hold the title of “brewery owner.” Perhaps partially spurred by a little sibling rivalry with Kevin, the co-founder of Colorado’s award-winning Dry Dock Brewing, Pete … [ Read more]