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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bent Brewstillery

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By Brian Kaufenberg UPDATED: August 15, 2014 Bartley Blume, owner of Bent Brewstillery, lives in a world of alliteration. His father Bob, mom Betz, brother Brad and wife Brenda are living proof (even his dogs have names starting with “B”). The thing Bartley Blume loves more than the letter “B” is brewing and distilling. A […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): New Breweries in Minnesota and Beyond

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Each issue we take a look at a few new breweries on the craft beer scene. In issue 14 we take a closer look at Drekker Brewing (Fargo, ND), Oliphant Brewing (Somerset, WI), and LynLake Brewery (Minneapolis, MN). Drekker In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Drekker Brewing

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In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the Gokstad Viking ship and sail his ship across the Atlantic Ocean to Norway. Asp passed away before he could sail his completed ship, The Hjemkomst (“Homecoming” in Norwegian), but in 1982 Asp’s four children and eight friends completed […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Oliphant Brewing

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“Let unreason reign.” This short edict is the very heart of Oliphant Brewing, a new Wisconsin-based brewery started by two friends, Trevor Wirtanen and Matt Wallace. Page through some of the strange, absurdist writings on the website for proof. Or ask them about the Oliphant name and its handful of meanings ranging from the elephant-like […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LynLake Brewing

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The marquee above the Lyndale Theater building has displayed a hopeful message for the past months written in weathered black and white letters: “Coming ‘soon’ LynLake Brewery!” Now, after months of construction the long vacant theater will open its doors as one of Minneapolis’ newest microbreweries. Founders Paul Cossette and Mark Anderson have a history […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bank Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) heads west to Bank Brewing, near the South Dakota border. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos courtesy Bank Brewing In the small town of Hendricks, MN, on the South Dakota border, Bank Brewing recently opened a new craft brewery in a historic creamery in disrepair. The name Bank Brewing may be familiar […]

UPDATED: Now Open (Or Damn Close): Maple Island Brewing Company

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Now Open (or Damn Close) heads east to Stillwater, where Maple Island Brewing Company’s founders are hard at work. By Brian Kaufenberg Stillwater, birthplace of Minnesota, was once the seat of wealth and culture in the state. In its Golden Age, Stillwater boasted the largest opera house, the first electric lights west of Chicago, and […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Gull Dam Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) finds Gull Dam Brewing, in the heart of northern Minnesota’s vacationland. By Brian Kaufenberg Photos courtesy Gull Dam Brewing Mark Anderson, private pilot, entrepreneur, and Minnesota State House Representative, has added “brewery owner” to his resume. Mark and his wife Barb are ready to open Gull Dam Brewing, a process […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Urban Growler Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) talks to Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak about their new brewing venture in St. Paul. By Brian Kaufenberg It’s been a longer road than Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak ever imagined, but their dream of opening their own brewery is finally a reality. Located next door to Bang Brewing in […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Sisyphus Brewing

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By Brian Kaufenberg UPDATE: Sisyphus Brewing’s Grand Opening is set for July 11, 2014 at noon.   When Sisyphus cheated death for the second time, the gods sentenced him to the eternal task of rolling a boulder up a hill, only to have it tumble down at each attempt. In his essay The Myth of […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Tin Whiskers

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Now Open (or Damn Close) visits St. Paul’s newest production brewery: Tin Whiskers By Brian Kaufenberg The science of brewing brought three electrical engineers together to start Tin Whiskers, St. Paul’s newest production brewery and taproom. Jake Johnson, Jeff Moriarty, and George Kellerman met at the University of Minnesota and worked together at a small […]

Now Open (or Damn Close): Bauhaus Brew Labs

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Not your great-grandfather’s Bauhaus. By Brian Kaufenberg The Bauhaus was a school founded in 1919 by German architect Walter Gropius with the aim of uniting art and design into a single creative expression under the slogan “Art into Industry.” The Bauhaus, literally “house of construction” in German, bridged the gap between artistic beauty and utilitarian […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Day Block Brewing

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A storied Minneapolis building gets a new lease on life. by Brian Kaufenberg  Jeff Hahn, CEO of Internet Exposure, describes himself as an entrepreneur. Perhaps that’s what drew him to the historic Day Block building in Minneapolis. Built in 1883 by Leonard Day, a local businessman involved in the flour milling and lumber industries, the […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wenonah Brewing

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An industry veteran and his friends create some buzz along the Mighty Mississippi. by Brian Kaufenberg  Tucked away in the picturesque river town of Winona, Backwater Brewing was quietly brewing beer since 1995. Few people recognize them as a pioneer of the Minnesota brewing renaissance, but Backwater Brewing was making beer when there were only […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Junkyard Brewing

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Now Open or Damn Close looks at an up-and-coming outfit from the Red River Valley. By Brian Kaufenberg In Issue 9 of The Growler we featured Fargo Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in North Dakota since 1965. Well, the Fargo-Moorhead area has another brewery that many may not know about. Across the river in […]