Half Acre Beer Company announces early 2017 entry into Wisconsin

Chicago’s growing Half Acre Beer Company is entering the Wisconsin market, hitting 32 of the state’s 72 total counties in early 2017. Half Acre’s four year-round beers and varied seasonals will be available mostly along the eastern and southern portions of the state and hitting cities including Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. The range spreads … [ Read more]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer … [ Read more]

Fair trial: Our favorite new State Fair libations

Drinking at the Minnesota State Fair is all about balance. You don’t want anything too thick or heavy, nor anything too dry. You’re looking for something crisp and tart, light and refreshing. Something to pep you up. Something to help you slink amidst 100,000 of your closest statesmen. Something to help wash away whatever cheese and … [ 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]

What We’re Drinking: Early June edition

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. After a rainy start, Memorial Day weekend ended with a warm, sunny beer-drinking kind of day—and The Growler team took … [ Read more]

A letter from Beer Camp: Jace Marti of Schell’s on leading Midwest collab brew

For participating breweries, Beer Camp may not be a week of s’mores and campfires, but the memories made—and lessons learned—will last well beyond their days spent brewing at Sierra Nevada. This year’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixes up the format from previous years. Before, 12 beers from 12 different brewers were featured. This year, Beer … [ Read more]

Schell’s completes purchase of Grain Belt sign; will release Lock & Dam Lager in April

August Schell Brewing Company announced this morning they’ve completed the purchase of the historic Grain Belt sign on Nicollet Island. Plans call to add the sign to the National Register of Historic Places and have it fully restored and relit by the summer of 2017 (the sign was last lit in 1975.) Schell’s is partnering … [ Read more]

Minnesota breweries take home hardware from 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

Two Minnesota breweries took home awards at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held recently in Oxford, Ohio, at which nearly 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles went up against one another in blind taste tests scored by judges from the U.S., Canada, and England. New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing Company won (another) gold medal … [ Read more]

In Cahoots! Returns for Year Two

10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in … [ Read more]

Schell’s Goes Spelunking to Create Stag Series #9

When New Ulm, Minnesota’s, August Schell Brewing Company set out to develop its Schell’s Stag Series #9, it went back to its roots. Well, actually it went deeper than its roots to the caves that lie beneath them. Schell’s Stag Series #9 is a complex beer. It’s a dark lager aged in whiskey barrels, which … [ Read more]

New Beers—and More—at Target Field in 2015

Baseball season is finally back, and with it comes the announcement of the Twins’ starting lineup for the home opener today—and Target Field’s 2015 lineup of local beers. First, let’s go over the seasoned players of the stadium’s locally-brewed options: Indeed (Dandy Lager, Day Tripper, Shenanigans) Summit (EPA, Hopvale, Maibock, Saga, other seasonals) Surly (Furious, … [ Read more]

Schell’s Dawn of Aurora

Schell’s Dawn of Aurora 8% ABV, 5 IBU Schell’s is on a beautiful track. With the Noble Star Collection, they have shown that they can still surprise us and Dawn of Aurora is no exception. This Berliner weisse has been carefully crafted to provide a light, slightly tart experience laden with notes of sweet fruits. … [ Read more]

Schell’s Stag Series #9: Cave- and Barrel-Aged Lager

When you’ve been in business for over 150 years, you’re going to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Or under your brewery. Like the caverns beneath the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm. The Civil War-era caves made lagering possible in the pre-refrigeration world. A century and a half later, the caves have given birth … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 2/27-3/2

It’s Thursday and you know what that means. The Weekend Events Preview is here to prepare you for another epic weekend! Take a peek at some cool events we’ve found going on this weekend (did someone say Bock Fest?) and start rounding up the troops. It’s the first weekend in March, which means spring is … [ Read more]

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Schell’s 28th Annual Bock Fest

Put your boots, snow pants, and hats on for one more battle against winter at Schell’s Bock Fest. August Schell Brewing Company, the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the country, is hosting its 28th annual Bock Fest on Saturday, March 1st from 11am–4:30pm in New Ulm Minnesota. Schell’s Brewing prides itself on being German Craft, so … [ Read more]