Brewers' Field Trip: A Visit to Rahr

Earlier this month, BSG and Rahr hosted a delegation of brewers from Illinois for a tour of the Rahr Malting Company campus in Shakopee, MN, as well as a bit of education. What did they see and do on this field trip? Let’s find out:

BE-134 In The Brewery

Earlier this summer, the Rahr Technical Center Brewery had a chance to trial the new SafAle BE-134 yeast. We caught up with head brewer and BSG Product Development Manager Mike Miziorko to get his impressions of this 6.6% abv saison.

Bad Weather, Great Lagers


Bad Weather Brewing Company of St. Paul, MN has built a reputation on their flavorful ales like flagships Ominous (a double brown ale) and Windvane (a red IPA). Recently, though, they’ve added a series of German lagers to their lineup that have been very well received both in and out of the taproom - BSG HandCraft was lucky enough to pour a couple kegs of their Dortmunder at their beer station during Homebrew Con in Minneapolis this June.

We sat down with Bad Weather’s head brewer Andy Ruhland to talk lagers:

Training Day: 2017 Crop Progress Report from BSG Hops

The Yakima-based staff of BSG Hops works closely with growers throughout the year to ensure we receive the highest-quality hops at harvest. Our agronomist Patrick O'Brien sends us this dispatch from the fields with a look at the progress of the 2017 crop: 

Peter Simpson: 1974-2017

It is with profound sadness that we need to pass on some news regarding the passing of our friend and business partner Peter Simpson. Peter always put his customers first and we will miss his infectious charm, high energy, and deep appreciation and passion for good malt. 

Peter passed away peacefully on May 20th following a short battle with cancer. 

From Simpsons website read here.

Brewery Local: Roets Jordan Brewery

Jordan, MN
Population: 5,873 

It sounds like the start of a bad joke: How many landslides does it take to start a brewery? The historic Jordan Brewery was built in 1866 and has survived a multitude of tribulations: prohibition, a fire, abandonment and plans to tear it down. Built at the base of a river bluff where caves could be carved into the hillside to lager beer, its location would ultimately be its downfall. 

Rahr Malting Co. and Badger Hill Collaborate on Commemorative Beer

Malthouse #6 Premium Pilsner, a collaboration between Rahr Malting Co. and Badger Hill Brewing of Shakopee, was brewed to commemorate the successful commissioning of Rahr’s new Malthouse #6. 

Beer is Flowing at Rahr Technical Center Brewery

SHAKOPEE, MN – The Rahr Technical Center Brewery at Rahr Malting Co.’s Shakopee campus is now up and running. The brewery will produce beer for R&D, conducting product evaluations, and host demonstrations for visiting brewery customers who purchase ingredients from the Shakopee-based maltster and its distribution arm Brewers Supply Group (BSG).

CBC 2017 in Pictures

The 2017 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington D.C. was a great success, and BSG was so happy to be there with 13,000 of our friends and colleagues for the premier gathering of craft brewers in the world. We believe there's great value in meeting your suppliers face to face over a beer, and we're excited to bring that opportunity from all over the globe to the BrewExpo America each year. Below are just a few of our highlights from D.C - hope to see you in Nashville in 2018

Collaborating for SF Beer Week

Our West Coast Regional Sales Director Peter Hoey teamed with Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. to brew a double IPA for San Francisco Beer Week using BSG ingredients, including our variety-specific hop extracts.