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  • In largest Great American Beer Festival competition ever, two Minnesota breweries score gold October 6, 2019
    Out of over 100 categories judged at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Minnesota breweries medaled in four, including two golds. St. Paul’s Barrel Theory Beer Company took a gold medal in the specialty Berliner category for Midwest Exotic, a gose with calamansi, blood orange, tangerine, and peach. “Super cool,” Barrel Theory co-founder Brett […]
    Louis Livingston-Garcia
  • Now Open: Inver Grove Brewing Company in Inver Grove Heights October 3, 2019
    A brewpub isn’t just a brewery with a restaurant or restaurant with a brewery. It’s an agent of change, according to Megan Seiler and Glen Bruestle of Inver Grove Brewing Company, which opened on September 21. Bruestle and his wife Kate and Seiler and her husband Don, who own the brewpub with head brewer Taylor […]
    James Figy
  • Lowertown Letdown: Birch’s now the second brewery in the neighborhood up for sale October 1, 2019
    St. Paul brewpub Birch’s Lowertown has been listed for sale, just over one calendar year after they opened for business in the neighborhood’s Market House Collaborative building. The Growler became aware of Birch’s Lowertown’s intention to sell their brewery via a classified ad listing on ProBrewer, an industry-insider resource. The short ad, credited by name […]
    Zach McCormick
  • First Look: Copper Trail Brewing Company’s new taproom in Alexandria September 5, 2019
    I f there’s been one constant at Copper Trail Brewing Co. since they opened in 2016, it’s been growth. “Our plan was—start up, get the loan […] and as we get comfortable with our system, we’d add [additional] tanks,” Graf recalls their plan from 2016. But business at Copper Trail took off much quicker than […]
    Adam and Katie Rozanas, Ale Adventures