Now Open: Swing Barrel Brewing Co. in Moorhead

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. For owners and longtime friends Sean Syverson and John Kapla, founding and opening their own brewery was written in the … [ Read more]

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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Elm Creek Brewing Co. in Champlin

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. The city of Champlin has its first brewery—and the response has been overwhelming. Just two weeks after Elm Creek Brewing’s … [ 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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Sleepy Eye Brewing Company in Sleepy Eye

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.  Some may know the town of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota from the tales of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Others take the scenic drive through the forest of trees decorated for the … [ Read more]

Now Open: Outstate Brewing Company in Fergus Falls

There was a time when the term “outstate” carried an offensive connotation around Fergus Falls, Minnesota, with some residents even campaigning to get people to stop using the term. So when co-founders Dan Mohagen and Patrick Lundberg decided to name their brewery Outstate Brewing Company, it created some buzz around town. “When we explain [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]