Minnesota scores Gold, Silver, and Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival 2014

Brewers and representatives from more than 700 breweries from across the nation traveled to Denver this past weekend to participate in the largest U.S. beer competition and public festival—the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Over 200 beer experts from ten countries tasted 5,507 commercial entries rating them across 145 different beer styles. Amidst this astounding … [ Read more]

The Mill: Boarfest, a Beer Pipeline, and more

The Mill is gaining momentum into the fourth quarter. The Great American Beer Fest is back in Denver this weekend, new breweries and taprooms are opening at a record pace, and fresh hops and Oktoberfests are filling our weekends. What’s on your radar in The Mill? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: This Thursday, October 2nd, stop … [ Read more]

The Mill: Pour For Parks, Fall Drinking, Ingredient Issues and more

The Mill says bring on Indian summer. A nice bout of unseasonable warmth is just what we need for the spate of Oktoberfests and autumn events happening in the next few weeks. What’s on your radar in The Mill these days? Tweet us @growlermag. Events: We’re not done with autumn beer festivals quite yet. One … [ Read more]

Indeed Update: Tallboys, Sours and More

The good folks at Indeed Brewing have been busy as of late. A few news items from the Northeast brewers: Sweet Yamma Jamma – The sweet potato ale is back, and headed for the Thanksgiving table. Four restaurants in the Kim Bartmann empire: Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, and Red Stag Supper Club will … [ Read more]

The Mill: Brooklyn MASH, Final North Coast Nosh, and more

The Mill is getting anxious. There are autumn sampler packs on shelves and back to school specials in our mailboxes. It’s time to enjoy the outdoors while we can. How about a riverboat cruise? Or a paddle around the lake? Any other outdoor events we should know about? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: Here’s the list … [ Read more]

The Mill: IPA Day, There & Back, and more

The Mill has a second wind. It’s all of a sudden August, i.e., time to double-down on summer. We’re keeping the grill fired up and targeting each patio we’ve neglected so far. Be sure to pick up a copy of Growler Issue 14 on stands now. Have any inside beer info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: Head over to … [ Read more]

The Mill: In Cahoots and Uneasy Detente

The Mill has returned from the lake. Duluth treated us to a gorgeous 84 degrees to sample from 66 breweries in Bayfront Festival Park. Now it’s time to get collaborative at Red Stag and find some interesting new summer beers. Got any inside brew info? Tweet me @johnpgarland. Events: We’ve added an interesting twist to … [ Read more]

The Mill: All Star Week

The Mill is seeing stars, but hopefully no more rain for one more day of All Star Game festivities. Did you see Giancarlo Stanton’s 510-foot blast in the home run derby last night? Ridiculous. ICYMI: Consult our Guide to Downtown Drinking if you’ll be joining the fray this afternoon. Upcoming Events: There’s a Surly/Indeed tap takeover at Butcher … [ Read more]

5 Things To Eat & Drink at Tonight’s Pride Dabbler

27 food trucks paired with 27 breweries. So much good eating and drinking is about to happen at tonight’s Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride in Loring Park. Among all the terrific pairings you’ll be in for, here are five things you should be sure not to miss. 1. The debut of Bauhaus Brew Labs … [ Read more]

The Mill: Street Fests and Summer Seasonals

By John Garland The Mill is settling into the summer groove with street festivals, sidewalk seating, and the running path on Lake Calhoun looking like 694 during rush hour. Brew News: Indeed Brewing has announced their “Indeed We Can” initiative, in which all net profits from Wednesday taproom operations (3-11pm) will be donated to a local … [ Read more]

This Week in Arts MN: First Thursdays, A Chaste Maid, Jennifer Davis’ Joyride, Live Music at Loring Pasta Bar, and 2 openings at SooVAC

April Fools’ officially begins Monday at midnight, so we hope you’ve all been ruminating on which gags you’ll pull on friends and family, as well as which of your coworkers’ goat you’ll get and how. As a tribute to the jokesters and young-at-heart of the world, this week’s events were aptly chosen because of their … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride

Indeed Brewing Company Let It Ride ABV: 6.8% IBUs: 90 First, let’s all thank our local friends at Indeed for canning this beer. Thanks Indeed! Now let’s introduce “Mr. Melon” to everyone because he is very prominent in this beer and will come up in conversation a lot. Grass and watermelon splash out at you in … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 3/20-3/23

It’s Thursday and you know what that means… The Weekend Events Preview is here just in time to celebrate the first day of spring! Celebrate the Spring Equinox by going outside, enjoying Firkin Fest, and attending a beer release or tap take over. Thursday March, 20th Harriet Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary Celebrate Harriet Brewing Company’s … [ 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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Indeed Brewing Co. Expands Distribution

Today, Indeed Brewing Company announced their plans to expand distribution further into the great state of Minnesota. This is possible thanks to their new partnership with distributor D & D Beer Co. This new deal will help Indeed meet the ever-growing demand for craft beer in areas like St. Cloud, the Brainerd Lakes area, and Bemidji. … [ Read more]