10 Most Popular Stories of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, we look back on the most popular (online) stories we published in our inaugural year.


1. Kind-of-a-Big-Deal

December 6, 2012

Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these people, places and beers, as well as your appreciation and support. Thank you to all our readers that submitted nominations and voted for this year’s poll.



2. Notables at The Nomad // Dessa & Chris Kluwe

By Dessa, November 6, 2012

In issue 4, Dessa sits down with Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe to talk football, ball grease, and marriage rights. “Sometimes there’s a place for civility. And sometimes there’s a place to tell someone to go f___ themselves.”


3. The Beer Scene is Getting Weird

By Michael Agnew, A Perfect Pint, August 12, 2012

“To me, beer is about sharing; sharing both the beer itself and the camaraderie that surrounds it. It’s a social drink that’s best consumed in good company in support of good times and conversation.”


4. Spent, but Still of Value: Ideas for Re-using Brewing Grain

By Emily Weiss, December 26, 2012

As homebrewers know, the benefits to making your own beer are innumerable. You control the taste, carbonation, alcohol content, balance, and character of what you drink. Here are four basic ways to give your spent grains a second chance.


5. Nordeast Minneapolis; Then & Now

By Jeremy Zoss, August 1, 2012

According to “Land of Amber Waters”author and beer historian Doug Hoverson, Northeast has always been at the center of Minneapolis’ beer industry.


6. Notables at The Nomad // Dessa and Mayors Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak

By Dessa, October 10, 2012

Dessa sat down at The Nomad World Pub with Twin Cities’ Mayors Chris Coleman & R.T. Rybak for a chat for issue 3 of The Growler.

R.T. said, “[Dessa] asked [me] some of the best questions of my career.”


7. Now Open (or Damn Close)

By Jeremy Zoss, December 7, 2012

Our latest attempt to stay on top of the burgeoning craft beer scene in the Twin Cities and beyond. In this round-up, Jeremy Zoss takes a closer look at Dangerous Man Brewing, Pour Decisions, 612 Brew, and Northgate Brewing.


8. Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub 

By Jake Lewis, October 9, 2012

The much anticipated Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub opened at the end of September. The brewpub sent ripples early on in its planning stages when they offered free beer for life to initial investors of $1,000 or more (but you’re too late now).


9. A Visit to Rahr Malting

By Jake Lewis, June 10, 2012

Water, hops, yeast, and malt—which one of these do you hear the most about? Though not necessarily neglected, malt is not a widely discussed ingredient among most craft beer enthusiasts. Usually, people talk about the hop variety, or the crazy yeast that they use, but without malt, beer is …


10. Which Bike Matches Your Beer?

By Liz Scholz, August 13, 2012

We love our bikes and we love local beer, but what’s the correlation between the two? Beers and bikes pair like peanut butter and jelly. What kind of bike do you ride and what does it say about your local beer preferences?



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