The Mill: Insight Grand Opening, The Beer Mile, Jingle Fever and more

The Mill is ready for the Holidays. We’re dusting off our secret turkey recipes, browsing the shops for new cable-knits, and drinking beer spiced with vanilla and cinnamon. What’s on your radar in The Mill this week? Let us know @growlermag. Insight Brewing Opens This Friday: We stopped by Insight Brewing  yesterday for a sneak peek … [ Read more]

Wet, Hot American Festival: Highs and Lows of the 2014 GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is an overwhelming experience: a cavernous hall in a convention center in downtown Denver packed with 50,000 people and 3,500 beers to be sampled one ounce at a time. It is as all-encompassing as the name suggests; an annual survey of beer in the United States, with MillerCoors and Sam … [ Read more]

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: Global Microbrews, State Fair and More

The Mill is getting together. This time around, we’re skipping the fried-on-a-stick, and declaring it a banner year for ice cream and beer. And beer ice cream. And pretzel curds.  Events: State Fair goers should make sure to check the schedule for seminars at the Land of 10,000 Beers exhibit. Northgate Liquors in Blaine is hosting … [ Read more]

The Mill: State Fair, Third Bird and other Big Deals

The Mill is ready to get together. And we’ll bring you complete coverage on Thursday’s coming chaos in St. Paul. In the meantime, tell us who is the best in local beer: submit your nominations for Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal 2014. Yesterday’s News: Bent Brewstillery will re-open their taproom this Thursday, August 21st beginning at 2pm. Check out … [ Read more]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and … [ Read more]

The Mill: Tandem Brewing and UV Resistance

The Mill is running a little slow this week. We’re still a little groggy from the all the sun, brats and brews over the holiday weekend. But we have good things to look forward to: Sisyphus opening, breweries collaborating, and one of our favorite festivals is just around the corner. Do you have any beer … [ Read more]

The Mill: 612Brew Day and Charitable Drinking

The Mill is feeling content with long nights, cribbage marathons and the occasional Hamm’s. Don’t forget to hop on the Green Line this weekend and support some construction-plagued businesses. We sure plan to, and we’ll update you as we do. Events: Mayor Hodges will declare this Thursday “SIX ONE TWO BREW DAY” in the city … [ Read more]

PRESS RELEASE: Summit releases third beer in Union Series: Southern Cape

Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of the third beer from the limited-release Union Series: Southern Cape. The Union Series explores the latest malts and hops in the industry by focusing on brewing with new raw materials and ingredients. Southern Cape will be available the week of June 9. Southern Cape draws its inspiration from … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Art-A-Whirl, an Art-Student Scholarship, and a Play on Bacherolettes

By Naomi Crocker Reflection: serious thought or consideration. Although the connections between art and the act of reflecting are evident, this week’s events are those that will allow you to experience reflection in all its forms: a portfolio exhibit for senior graphic design students, who are most likely reflecting on what to do with their … [ Read more]

FDA rule that threatens brewer-farmer relationships to be reconsidered

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) is requesting that the FDA exempts beer and alcohol facilities from the animal feed rule. Spent grain is a natural byproduct of the brewing process. After grains have been used in the mashing process they remain nutritionally viable as feed for dairy and beef cattle. In fact, leftover grains … [ Read more]

Arts MN: Ukuleles, Goldsmiths, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Spending last week on St. Simons’ Island, Georgia definitely readjusted my internal temperature index. Thus, upon returning on Sunday to Minnesota and finding spring-like temperatures, I’ve decided to focus this week on all things warm. The warm sounds of a Hawaiian tune and its ability to evoke thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze… … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 4/3–4/6

It’s Thursday and you know what that means… The Weekend Events Preview is here to protect you from a spring snow storm and provide you with plenty of fun weekend activities. Expand your brain at the Science Museum’s Fermentational Informational or join a discussion on women in the craft beer industry at the Minnesota Museum … [ Read more]

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PRESS RELEASE: Summit releases Unchained Batch 15: Fest Bier

Summit releases Unchained Batch 15: Fest Bier German-inspired brew turns any occasion into a festival ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 5, 2013) – Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of Fest Bier, the fifteenth beer produced in its limited release Unchained Series. Fest Bier is Nate Siats’ third Unchained brew. It will be available in draught and bottles the … [ Read more]

Minnesota Brewery Showcase at Muddy Waters

Today, January 15th, Muddy Waters in Minneapolis will host the ultimate tap takeover. With 30 tap lines pouring only Indeed, Steel Toe, Summit, and Surly. If you didn’t think it could get better, it does. Steel Toe will be releasing their Size 11 double IPA, made just once a year. Don’t miss this awesome Minnesota … [ Read more]