Spontaneous Reaction: The Méthode Traditionnelle Society aims to define and brand ‘American lambic’

Belgium has long been regarded as being home to the world’s greatest spontaneously fermented beer: lambic. Fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria falling from musty wooden rafters, blowing in from hay fields, or floating in from the Zenne River, lambic is inextricably tied to the geography of Belgium, so much so that the term “lambic” … [ Read more]

Three Minnesota breweries among the top 50 in the U.S.

Three Minnesota breweries are on the Brewers Association’s annual lists of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the U.S. and the 50 top overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Summit Brewing Company, August Schell Brewing Company, and Surly Brewing Company came in at 24th, 25th, and 34th, respectively, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bus Stop Burgers & Brewhouse

It’s easy to get excited when walking into Bus Stop Burgers & Brewhouse. Located in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis, on the ground floor of the Wells Fargo Building and firmly in the shadow of U.S. Bank Stadium, Bus Stop provides a welcome addition to a patch of downtown Minneapolis thirsty for quality food … [ Read more]

Back to the Foeder

Minnesota breweries are using a historic technology to spur sour aging innovation When you settle in at the bar in Wild Mind Artisan Ales’ taproom, it’s easy to feel like you’re micrometers away from being sliced by craft beer’s cutting edge. Rows of stainless steel brewhouse equipment glint behind a glass vista to the bar’s … [ Read more]

Bauhaus releases Minnesota’s first NA beer since Prohibition

Bauhaus Brew Labs is doing what no Minnesota brewery has done in nearly 100 years: releasing a non-alcoholic beer. Not since Prohibition has a locally made NA beer been available in Minnesota. Bauhaus’ take is based on their Homeguys Helles Lager, and is crafted with help from St. Paul-based upstart ABV Technology. The result, according … [ Read more]

Year in Review: Minnesota Beer & Cider in 2018

By the end of 2018, the United States will have more than 7,000 breweries and brewpubs in operation. To help that sink in, consider that a decade ago that number was 1,574. And 40 years ago, in 1978, there were just 89.  This astounding growth in the number of breweries—the vast majority of them independent … [ Read more]

Birch’s Lowertown brings its small-batch, artisan ethos to Market House Collaborative

Birch’s Lowertown opened for business in the Market House Collaborative building in St. Paul on Tuesday, September 11, bringing its small-batch, handcrafted brewing ethos to a thriving brewery neighborhood. This is the second Birch’s brewpub for co-owners Burt Joseph and Brennan Greene, and they join Market House tenants Octo Fishbar, Peterson Craftsman Meats, Almanac Fish, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Gravity Storm Brewery Cooperative in Austin, Minnesota

Jimmy Buffett fans know that his music has a certain vibe, one that evokes escaping to an island to relax. With Gravity Storm Brewery Cooperative, former teacher Brian Davis has created an escape of his own, leaving behind a career in education to open a brewery in downtown Austin, Minnesota, just across the street from … [ Read more]

Cheap beer and humility: Lessons from a 22-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip

The Grand Canyon is an amazing geologic feature. Cutting through the Colorado Plateau on its way to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River drains the western slope of the Southern Rockies and, over millions of years, has carved a 277-mile long, 6,000-foot deep chasm, at the bottom of which is one of the most … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: September 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Brian Kaufenberg, Editor-in-Chief ■ Summit Oktoberfest It’s my favorite season of the year: Oktoberfest. As I search for a beer to fill (and refill) my stein with during the … [ Read more]

Tasting Notes: All 27 new drinks at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

2018 makes the biggest lineup of new craft beverages ever at the Minnesota State Fair. We sampled 27 new drinks—a wild array of beers, ciders, and wine cocktails made with fruits, vegetables, vanilla, sugar, spice, and everything Minnesota nice. Here are our tasting notes (listed alphabetically within each group). You can also find our Complete … [ Read more]

The Mash-Up: Bring on the Oktoberfests

With over 150 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 weekly email. … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Complete Guide to Beer at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair

You can almost sense its arrival—the faraway hoofbeat of livestock, the clank of carnival rides, the waft of frier grease in the air. Yes, the Minnesota State Fair is upon us once again. You’re going to need a beer. Since the launch of Lift Bridge Mini Donut in 2013, the Fair has engendered the zaniest output from … [ Read more]

State of Indianapolis Beer: Race in to try the Circle City’s best breweries

If there’s one thing Indianapolis likes to brag about—besides basketball and the Indy 500—it’s Hoosier hospitality. But the Circle City has created a new point of pride in its vibrant craft beer scene, which has grown exponentially over the last decade. Indianapolis boasts about 50 of the state’s 170 breweries and brewpubs, and visitors can … [ Read more]

Minnesota Breweries score gold, silver, and bronze at 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship

In a field of 6,300 beers representing 117 different styles, six Minnesota breweries took home eight total medals at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Breweries from around the world submitted to this year’s competition, the final round of which was judged at Quarter Barrel Brewery + Pub in Oxford, Ohio. The U.S. Open Beer … [ Read more]