What We’re Drinking: August 2020

FINNEGANS Keeper Keller Pils John Garland, Deputy Editor I’ve spent nearly all of my beer money this summer at FINNEGANS. The brewery directs all of its profits to fighting food insecurity (and is nearing the milestone of $2 million donated) but is now facing financial difficulty due to the pandemic (they were unable to open … [ Read more]

Letter from The Growler’s Founder and Publisher Matt Kenevan

Dear Readers: The Growler Magazine was founded at a momentous point in Minnesota craft beer’s history. While there were a handful of craft breweries in the state that had outlasted the shakeout of the mid-1990s, when the laws changed in 2011 to allow production breweries to sell beer on-site in taprooms, the scene absolutely exploded. … [ Read more]

The Mash Up is back—and so are the new beer releases

With over 185 breweries now pouring their beer in Minnesota, there’s always something new to try. To keep you up to date, we present The Mash-Up—our weekly rundown of new beers and seasonal releases in Minnesota from your favorite local and national breweries. Visit growlermag.com every Friday for the latest or sign up for a … [ Read more]

From garage, to bowling alley, to brewery taproom: Lazy Loon Brewing in Glencoe’s path to opening (and surviving)

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Jonathan Lueck’s persistence combined with his passion for crafting—creating beer and woodworking—can be found at Lazy Loon Brewing Company. Lueck’s day … [ Read more]

Now Open: Rendezvous Brewery in Hackensack

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt. The Growler maintained full editorial control over the content. Rendezvous Brewery just opened in what can only be described as a quintessential lake town. The town of Hackensack has about … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS nearing $2 million donation milestone, but brewery finances are at a critical point

Since its inception in 2000, FINNEGANS’ mission statement has been to raise awareness of and combat food insecurity in communities across the Midwest. The company has truly put their money where their mouth is—donating 100 percent of its profits to charity since 2011 in order to line food shelves with locally grown produce. By September … [ Read more]

ONE Fermentary & Taproom Closes Indefinitely

ONE Fermentary & Taproom closed indefinitely Monday following the resignations of its head brewer Ramsey Louder, BIPOC staff, co-founder Joseph Alton, and taproom manager Kel Perlick. The brewery is facing mounting criticism that its majority owner Sally Schmidt did not do enough to adhere to its mission of being a brewery welcoming diversity and fostering … [ Read more]

UPDATED: 56 Brewing owner resigns after allegations of racial harassment against Black employee corroborated by eyewitness

[Updated: 1:12pm, July 2, 2020]: Kale Johnson, one of the co-owners of 56 Brewing, resigned as CEO on July 2, 2020, in the face of corroborated reports of racial harassment against a Black employee. In a statement on the company’s Facebook page, Johnson says that he is “resigning as CEO effective immediately,” adding “it is … [ Read more]

The Herkimer closing after 20 years of brewing at Lyn-Lake

One of Minneapolis’ longest-standing brewpubs, The Herkimer, is closing permanently at the end of June, according to an announcement on the company’s social media platforms. Founded in 1999, The Herkimer was a neighborhood staple known for serving house-brewed, traditional German lagers and English ales, even as their home neighborhood of Lyn-Lake changed rapidly around them. … [ Read more]

Minnesota Breweries and Distilleries Cautious, Optimistic about June 1 Reopening Plans

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’ plans for the phased reopening of bars, restaurants, and places of “public accommodation” announced on May 20 is being met with mixed feelings by the state’s brewery and distillery owners. Starting on June 1, the state will enter into Phase 2 of its four-phase approach which aims to contain the spread … [ Read more]

Bill introduced to temporarily expand on-site sales for Minnesota’s craft breweries and microdistilleries

After a major public push last week led by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, a bill has been introduced that would temporarily allow breweries and distilleries some retail flexibility. HF 4640, authored by Rep. Liz Olson and Rep. Sydney Jordan, would allow breweries whose taprooms have been closed by executive order to sell six- and … [ Read more]

The Power of Kveik Compels You: Twin Cities breweries have deployed a Norwegian super-yeast in several new releases

John Garland, Deputy Editor: I’ll admit, even though we’ve already run a story on this yeast, I’m not 100% sold on why it’s so special. Brian, give me the elevator pitch. *terrible Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with kveik? Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-In-Chief: Kveik is an old family of yeast that had quietly been used in … [ Read more]

The Belgian Waffle: From hallowed import to sidelined style to mega-brewery powerhouse—It’s been a wild ride for Belgian beer in the American 21st century

In the barrel room at Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium, these words are painted on a barrel head that’s been tacked to a column: “Le temps ne respecte pas ce qui se fait sans lui.” Time does not respect that which is done without it. The beer at Cantillon, the world-class lambic brewery, is aged … [ Read more]

History Glass: Yoerg Brewing Co. is on a mission to bring the wealth of Old World beer to Minnesota through an impressive import tap list

American craft beer wasn’t built on neighborhood taprooms and locally distributed six-packs. At least, not originally. For many of the early brewers in the craft beer movement, the drive to make craft beer was inspired by experiences with beer in the Old World. Whether it was from a motorcycle tour of ancient monastery breweries in … [ Read more]

651 Tyga Bite: How one American light lager is building a bridge between craft beer and Minnesota’s Hmong community

Rice wine. It sounds simple, but it’s more than just another alcoholic beverage. It’s a bridge to Hmong history. “Drinking is very prevalent in Hmong culture when it comes to celebrations,” See Xiong, a Minneapolis-based Hmong journalist and marketing specialist, says. “It’s prominent in Hmong wedding traditions. It’s a way of welcoming guests and showing … [ Read more]