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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bald Man Brewing

Whenever the Jacobs family gets together, it’s inevitable that the occasion will be marked by a batch of Tristan Kusnierek’s homebrew. The tradition started when Dan Jacobs’ cousin married Kusnierek, an avid homebrewer since 1992. Despite a homebrewing hiatus during a period of apartment dwelling in the late ‘90s, brewing was a major part of […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Urban Moose Brewing Company

“I’ve done banquets, events, catering, private country clubs, golf courses, free standing restaurants, and upscale walk-in, award-winning wine cellars,” says Roy Dodds, the majority owner of Urban Moose Brewing Company in Sauk Rapids. “All kinds of food and beverage things,” he says, except a brewpub. But that changes as of today, July 25, when Urban Moose […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Wild Mind Artisan Ales is doing something different, and they emphasize that point in their new South Minneapolis brewery. Behind a wall-sized window, visitors will get a good look at their foudres—large wooden vessels where mixed-fermentation beers will age for anywhere from six to 12 months. Foudres are uncommon in most American craft breweries—they’re big […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Talking Waters Brewing Company

John Skoglund still remembers his first craft brewery experience, years ago in Montana. “It was very intriguing to me, the community and locals coming together. It really drew me in,” the Montevideo native recalls. “I kept thinking it would be nice to have something like this around here.” He’ll get his wish later this month, […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Twin Spirits Distillery

Michelle Winchester wanted to get outside her comfort zone. She’s been a stay-at-home mom and part-time freelancer most of her life, and her four sons are mostly grown now. Her new adventure: taking what was once a boarded-up building in Northeast Minneapolis and starting Twin Spirits Distillery, the first solely woman-owned distillery in Minnesota set […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lawless Distilling

“We’re three normal people trying to quit our day jobs,” says Nate Karnitz of Lawless Distilling Company in Minneapolis. The start-up distillery is self-funded by three friends: Nate and his wife Kirsten Karnitz, and longtime friend Chris Kulzer. “I definitely think it’s hard to start without having a ton of industry experience and a ton […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakeville Brewing Co.

“My dream has always been to open a restaurant, and about a year ago my dream became to open a brewpub,” explains Glen Bruestle, one of four owners at Lakeville Brewing Company, set to open June 13. Bruestle and his wife Kate were looking for a building to house their restaurant plans, and ended up […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roundhouse Brewery

As craft breweries continue to open across the country, it’s becoming clear that the trend isn’t just about beer. There’s a larger craft movement at hand. Take Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd, for example: at the center of a revitalized former rail yard, the brewery is helping bring jobs back to the Northern Minnesota city’s core. […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Modist Brewing Company

There are lots of things in a taproom designed to draw a drinker’s attention. Things like clever tap handles, splashy artwork, unique beers, and an inviting atmosphere. The floor of the brewhouse? Not so much. But that’s the first thing that catches the eye at Modist Brewing Company, the soon-to-open, highly anticipated North Loop brewery […]

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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hydra Beer Company

Just as the mythological seven-headed hydra rose from the swamps of Lerna, so rises Hydra Beer Company of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their beer has been on shelves since May 2015 thanks to contract agreements with Sprecher and Brau Brothers, and they opened their own taproom space at the end of the year. But now […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Disgruntled Brewing

“Disgruntled kind of describes me,” says Brett Doebbeling, co-owner and head brewer at Disgruntled Brewing, soon to open in Perham, Minnesota. Although he’s successfully run his own drywall company for the past 15 years, before that Doebbeling says he “was always kind of a disgruntled employee thinking I could do it better on my own.” […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): u4ic Brewing Incorporated

When u4ic Brewing Incorporated opens this weekend in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, it will follow the now familiar path of being helmed by a homebrewing hobbyist-turned-full-time brewer that many of the state’s new breweries share. Jeff Luskey started homebrewing in 1989 and has spent the last 25 years refining recipes and honing his craft, even purchasing […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wicked Wort Brewing Company

Starting a brewery wasn’t a spur of the moment decision for Wicked Wort’s Steve Carlyle. As with most brewers, the idea had been building for some time. But it wasn’t until 2014, when he was enjoying beers at Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette, Michigan, that he got serious. Blackrocks is a unique taproom, built into a […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Nutmeg Brewhouse

At a brewpub, “You get the best of both worlds: beer and food,” says Dave Jones of the soon-to-open Nutmeg Brewhouse in Burnsville. Tying worlds together is Nutmeg’s big-picture concept—a brewpub that explores the former British Empire from a culinary point of view, uniting foods from all corners of the globe while pouring their own […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lake Monster Brewing

“A taproom gives us a home base, it gives us an identity, it gives us the local connection—a lot more than we’ve had to this point,” says Matt Lange, head brewer and co-owner of Lake Monster Brewing. “It’s going to be huge.” Lake Monster started in 2013 by contract brewing their Calhoun Claw Pilsner and […]