In The Loop: Red Cow Restaurant and Bar

By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy In just two years, Luke Shimp has grown a simple burger concept into a bona fide powerhouse chain. But how will the newest Red Cow fare in the star-studded North Loop? As the dining identity of the Twin Cities grows ever-more confident, it’s about time we made a … [ Read more]

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Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex

Big Wood Brewery Wicked Ex 7.6% ABV The first smell is sweet pineapple, but it’s quickly taken over by earthy, woodsy hops. The color almost matches the can—a cloudy, almost dirty red. A full, thick mouthfeel delivers a kick, and a slight sweetness up the front slowly turns bitter. You continue to feel the bitterness … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery Maroon and Bold

Bent Brewstillery Maroon and Bold 9.1% ABV The color is a rich maroon/bronze with a cream-tinted head. A dank, piney, and earthy hop scent turns to a vanilla/marshmallow aroma the longer it sits. It has a smooth and bitter mouthfeel that slowly sucks the moisture from your tongue. Dried apricots are the dominant fruit, while … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Voyageur Brewing

The Minnesota Northwoods is a place where travelers can satisfy their need for adventure by immersing themselves in wilderness. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior National Forest allow backcountry adventurers the opportunity to peer back into the history of French voyageurs, who navigated similar labyrinths of rivers and lakes in the late … [ Read more]

Bad Weather Brewing moving to St. Paul, building brewery on West Seventh Street

The forecast looks bright for Bad Weather Brewing as they finalize plans for their brewery in a 12,000 sq ft warehouse along St. Paul’s West 7th Street. Founders Zac Carpenter and Joe Giambruno recently signed a lease for their future brewery space, a former tire repair shop midway between the Xcel Energy Center and the … [ Read more]

Minnesota Hops on the Map

By Adam Overland Minnesota is changing. The change was subtle at first, and many years from now it will be hard to say or remember exactly when it began. But history books love to mark time with dates, and so when the textbook is written about the history of hops in Minnesota, February 22, 2014 … [ Read more]

Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival: Q&A with co-founder Juno Choi

The Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival is coming at the end of March, and soon tickets may be as rare as the beer. The Northern Lights Rare Beer Festival is right around the corner — just in time for spring. On March 29th this unique beer festival will features truly rare beers from 30 national breweries and 10 … [ Read more]

Bigger and Better: Minnesota Breweries Build for the Future

All around the state, Minnesota’s breweries are expanding brewing capacity and putting ambitious distribution plans in place. By Jeremy Zoss Photos by Joe Alton Four months after opening its small North Minneapolis brewery, Boom Island Brewing’s founder Kevin Welch knew that he would need to expand. Welch and his family—who are also his business partners—planned … [ Read more]

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Now Open: Gun Flint Tavern

UPDATE: One year after being featured in Now Open (Or Damn Close), the Gun Flint Tavern has cleared all the hurdles to opening their own brewpub. Friday, December 5, the Gun Flint Tavern will be celebrating with the official Grand Opening party at the pub. Stop in for a congratulatory pint and welcome the newest … [ Read more]

Minnesota Takes Home Some Hardware at The Great American Beer Fest

The 2013 Great American Beer Fest comes to a close this afternoon. The competition portion of the event wrapped up this afternoon and four Minnesota breweries were awarded medals for various styles in this year’s competition. Stay tuned for The Growler’s Complete Recap of The 2013 GABF. Minnesota’s 2013 Great American Beer Festival Medal Winners: … [ Read more]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of … [ Read more]

Craft Beer at the MN State Fair 2013

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   View The Growler‘s Guide to Craft Beer at the State Fair 2014 The Minnesota State Fair is upon us. And Minnesota beer enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. What a difference six years make. It wasn’t until 2007 that The State Fair “ditch[ed] the long tradition of wimpy 3.2-percent-alcohol beer … [ Read more]

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2013 Tickets on sale now!

  Its getting to be that time of year again. Minnesotans are packing the pantries and stocking the cellars for The Great State Hibernation. Rest comfortably, Dabblers. There will be time (and reason) to shake off the cobwebs come January. The Beer Dabbler, this magazine’s parent company, is gearing up to host its Fourth Annual … [ Read more]

Schell’s Chimney Sweep Debut

On Tuesday, November 14 Mayslack’s Bar in Northeast Minneapolis was host to the release of Schell’s Brewing Company‘s newest beer: Chimney Sweep Black Lager.  Brewmaster Jace Marti explained that the inspiration for the new beer comes from the time he recently spent in Germany, specifically Upper Franconia, as he combines three different styles of lager popular to … [ Read more]

Minnesota Beer Politics: A Primer

3 hot issues that will be debated in the year ahead By Drew Kerr Omar Ansari has spent his share of time navigating the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol in an attempt to convince lawmakers that breweries should be allowed to share their products directly with the masses. This year, with a battery of … [ Read more]