Lift Bridge Expanding, Nearly Doubling Its Brewing Capacity

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Apparently Lift Bridge has been working on a relatively hush-hush expansion project since last winter. As the ambitious initiative to nearly double the brewery’s in-house production capacity approaches completion, the cat finally got out of the bag earlier this week. And the details are pretty impressive.   More beer = Bigger footprint Where to start? [...]

Now Open or Damn Close, Fall 2014

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In this edition of Now Open (or Damn Close), we take a look at four very different breweries. Insight Brewing There’s Insight Brewing, the latest addition to Northeast Minneapolis’s burgeoning brewery scene. It’s a “globally inspired” establishment that blends styles from east Asia, northern Europe, North America and everywhere in between. Even in the Twin [...]

Insight Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis

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Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer and co-founder of Insight Brewing, describes the new 30 bbl brewery located on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis as globally inspired. A look at their beer list, which features beer styles originating from Japan, Denmark, the UK, and the US, confirms this on a surface level—but there is more behind the beer [...]

Eastlake Brewery at the Midtown Global Market

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Ryan Pitman had driven past the Midtown Exchange Building on East Lake Street thousands of times over the last 13 years before it hit him—the Midtown Global Market is the perfect place for his dream taproom. The idea struck him with such force that he decided throw it all on the line, cash in his [...]

Pryes Brewing in Minnetonka, Minnesota

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Jeremy Pryes, CEO and head brewer of Pryes Brewing, spent the past few years assembling the best team possible to help him get the company off the ground. Pryes has been homebrewing for 12 years and is currently taking courses at the American Brewer’s Guild in brewing science and engineering, but he knew he needed [...]

Bad Weather Brewing moving to St. Paul, building brewery on West Seventh Street

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The forecast looks bright for Bad Weather Brewing as they finalize plans for their brewery in a 12,000 sq ft warehouse along St. Paul’s West 7th Street. Founders Zac Carpenter and Joe Giambruno recently signed a lease for their future brewery space, a former tire repair shop midway between the Xcel Energy Center and the [...]

UPDATE: Barley John’s Brew Pub Breaks Ground on New Production Facility in Western Wisconsin

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By Megan Parker, @mnhockeyfan  [READ TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE FOR UPDATES FROM BARLEY JOHN'S] On the heels of winning their third straight Great Snowshoe Awardat Winterfest last week comes news that Barley John’s Brew Pub is expanding its operation, adding a production brewery and taproom. Exciting news, yes. Not as exciting for local [...]

Lucette Brewing set for brewery expansion, release of new canned beer

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Lucette Brewing of Menomonie, Wisconsin, announced today its plans to expand its brewing facility by connecting the two current buildings on the property, adding a 57,000 lbs grain silo, and additional fermenters. The move will increase the brewery’s efficiency, capacity, and overall  experience for visitors—not to mention the creation of several new jobs. The expansion [...]

Urban Growler on Grand Opening, Carnitas, and more

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Urban Growler Brewing Co. has announced an official grand opening. On Wednesday, August 27th, they’ll host Mayor Coleman, plus live music on the patio, special beers, giveaways and more. We caught up with Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak (second and third from left, respectively) to get the details. Current Taproom Hours: Urban Growler has been soft [...]

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 [...]

Lake Monster Announces Saint Paul Brewery and Taproom

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Currently contract brewing at Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls, WI, Lake Monster is targeting a summer 2015 opening date in Saint Paul, MN.   Lake Monster will join Bang Brewing, Urban Growler, and Burning Brothers in what is turning into a bit of a “brewing district” in the former industrial neighborhood along Saint [...]

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 [...]

The Packaging of Craft Beer: Thinking Outside the Bottle

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We endlessly debate the beer itself, but what about its container? In Part I of a two-part series on packaging, we talk to two local design firms for insight into the branding of craft beer. Carey Matthews knew the logo needed work. “We were in the middle of a cellar expansion and building expansion, and [...]

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 [...]