The Mill: Commander Release, Green Flash Expands, Stir Crazy and More

The Mill, Apple orchard

Daniel Murphy // Growler Magazine

The Mill is being whitewashed—how do you like them apples? We’re going to shut our windows and hang on to autumn as long as possible with all the great craft cider this state is making, before trudging out to drink 10% ABV barrel-aged stouts for the next four months. What’s on your radar this week in The Mill? Let us know @growlermag.

Upcoming Events:


Northern Grade is back to Minneapolis this weekend for another pop-up show. This time around the event will not only feature great local craft beers, but also the opportunity to meet the brewers who make them.

Chowgirls Catering looks to be throwing a killer happy hour on Thursday the 13th, from 5–9pm. $10 gets you a host of snacks plus sips from six local breweries.

Lucid Brewing‘s 3rd Birthday Party will be happening on Saturday the 15th, from noon–6pm. Drink some gold medal-winning Halucidation, eat some Chef Shack, and RSVP on Facebook for a commemorative glass.

Lift Bridge Brewing will hold its 4th annual Commander Barleywine release party on Saturday the 15th, from noon–10pm. There will be contests, carnival games, live music and more at the Stillwater brewery.

Also on Saturday, looks like there’s a massive amount of beer happening at Grand Casino Hinckley.

And then on Sunday, taste rare brew’s from Bell’s and Founder’s during a Michigan tap takeover at Butcher & The Boar.




Green Flash Brewing has acquired fellow San Diego County overachiever Alpine Beer, maker of some of the country’s most coveted small batch brews.

A bid by Anheuser-Busch to buy a second distributorship in Kentucky means a legal battle is brewing over the three-tier system and consumer access to a competitive beer market.

Japan’s craft beer culture had its own “Surly Bill” moment in 1994, yet it’s only now gaining a foothold.

The Great Dane turns 20—and the Beer Baron takes a look at what’s on tap for the Madison institution.

Millennials are ignoring macro beer. Are they elitist? Snobby? Or, perhaps, do they just like drinking things that taste good?

Releases / Announcements:


The first snowfall means Boom Island‘s Yule is on its way.

Head down to Buster’s on 28th tonight for your first sip of Indeed Brewing Stir Crazy.

Schell’s has just released a pair of brews perfect for the in-between season. Their Fresh Hop is a beautiful, grassy pilsner that uses Equinox hops. And their 2014 Snowstorm, a Grand Cru, uses Belgian yeast, coriander, orange and lemon peel to create a light, spicy winter warmer.

You’ll be able to find bombers of Tin Whiskers beer in liquor stores this week.

Head over to Bent Brewstillery in Roseville from noon–10pm on Saturday the 15th, for your first taste of barrel-aged Dark Fatha.

Surly Brewing announced a collaboration with Twin Cities hip hop collective Doomtree that will culminate in Surly Doomtree Day on Sunday, December 7. In conjunction with Doomtree’s annual December blowout of concerts and events, Todd Haug will be brewing up a new beer (Surly Doomtree) for the occasion. More details about the beer and the blowout to be released in the coming weeks.

About John Garland

John Garland is the Deputy Editor at the Growler Magazine. Find him on twitter (@johnpgarland) or in every coffee shop on West 7th Street.

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