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]

For Harmony Spirits’ owners, distilling is second nature

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. Opening a distillery seemed like a logical next step for Harmony Spirits co-owner Jim Simpson and his other two co-owners, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Thunder Brothers Brewery in Isanti

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. Thunder Brothers Brewery is located in the back of a mixed-use building off Highway 65 in Isanti, Minnesota. It sits … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): PawPrint Brewery in Chatfield

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. One can figure out quite easily from the name of his brewery that James Kenison might be a fan of … [ Read more]

Now Open (And Brewing): Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery in Maple Plain

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. Iron Exchange Tavern & Brewery is now open, and brewing, in Maple Plain. Just about 20 minutes down 394 and highway 12 … [ Read more]

Now Open: Thousand Lakes Brewing Co. in Parkers Prairie

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. Opening any brewery can take years and years of effort and seemingly endless preparation. For brothers-in-law Matt Harren and Kevin … [ Read more]

From a Fire to Portage Brewing Company 2.0: A letter from co-founder Jeff Vondenkamp

I’ll never forget the morning of January 6th, 2019, when we awoke to news that our brewery was destroyed. Through a barrage of missed calls and texts, I managed to get my dad on the phone—all I could hear beneath the sirens and yelling was the faintest, “it’s gone, the brewery is gone.” From the … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): ONE Fermentary & Taproom in Minneapolis

Since its conception, ONE Fermentary & Taproom has been out to break the mold. Initially, ONE was planning to open a brewery without a brewhouse. Instead, the brewpub would only be outfitted with a variety of fermentation vessels and partner with other breweries to mash, boil, and ship them wort—the sugar water a brewery ferments … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Fat Pants Brewing Co. in Eden Prairie

When it comes to food and drink in Eden Prairie, just about every chain and franchise you’ve ever heard is represented. But nestled between Purgatory Creek and the gargantuan Eden Prairie Center mall complex lies something the booming southwest suburb hasn’t seen in a long time. A brewery. Fat Pants Brewing Co. is set to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Forgotten Star Brewing Co. in Fridley

The wait is over. Fridley, Minnesota, you have now officially been baptized into the Twin Cities brewery scene. Located in one of Minnesota’s most historic buildings, in the sprawling Northern Stacks complex off East River Road, Forgotten Star Brewing Co. is an overdue and much-anticipated addition to the craft brewing congregation of the metro. “[The … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Mineral Springs Brewery in Owatonna

Anytime Tim Pelton visited the Minnesota State Fair, he would always feel disappointed when looking at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild map. “On the big Minnesota brewers map, there was a big hole right where US 14 and I-35 intersect,” he says. “There wasn’t a brewery [in Owatonna].” After several years of fun, planning, and … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Falling Knife Brewing Company in Minneapolis

When they were just under two weeks away from opening, Falling Knife Brewing Company’s chief revenue officer, Dan Herman, admitted there were still things left to do. “I’ve got about three months of work to do in the next 13 days,” Herman says. “But I’ve got an understanding fiancée and a need to never sleep.” The … [ Read more]

Now Open: Inver Grove Brewing Company in Inver Grove Heights

A brewpub isn’t just a brewery with a restaurant or restaurant with a brewery. It’s an agent of change, according to Megan Seiler and Glen Bruestle of Inver Grove Brewing Company, which opened on September 21. Bruestle and his wife Kate and Seiler and her husband Don, who own the brewpub with head brewer Taylor … [ Read more]

Now Open: Rapids Brewing Co. looks to revamp downtown Grand Rapids through the brewpub experience

Before they had a historied brewer, before they had a veteran chef, Rapids Brewing Co. was simply an idea to counteract a growing concern in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Bill Martinetto, general manager of Rapids Brewing Co. and one of its original members, explained that the brewery’s initial partners felt that downtown Grand Rapids had drifted far from … [ Read more]