Clarity in Thinking: Lucid Brewing on Growth and American Sky Acquisition

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Opening a brewery isn’t easy. Between the up-front capital needed to purchase equipment and learning the ropes as you go, just like any startup business there’s a lot of uncertainty and risk involved, which is why Lucid Brewing Company’s alternating proprietorship model seems to make sense: why go it alone when you can throw in […]

In Cahoots with Mikey and Niko

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A behind-the-scenes look at the Fulton + Fair State collaboration beer Episode 1: The Game Plan It’s a warm Friday evening in June and the patio at Fulton Brewing is buzzing. Dogs walk circles around their owners’ feet, empty pint glasses stack up on the edges of tables, and a line for nachos, Mexican corn, […]

First in US: Boom Island’s New Bottling Unit

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Photos by Aaron Davidson Boom Island Brewing Company follows as many traditional European techniques as possible to maintain the authenticity of its Belgian-style beers, including allowing their beer to carbonate naturally through bottle conditioning. While bottling has been done by hand for the three years Boom Island has been in operation, the brewery is now […]

Scotland’s BrewDog to Open U.S. Brewery

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BrewDog, Scotland’s largest craft brewery, is opening a new facility in Columbus, Ohio, and expanding its distribution in the U.S. The brewery, known for its flagship Punk IPA and high-ABV beers like its 41% Sink the Bismark!, announced it’s building a 100,000 square foot facility on a 42-acre site in Columbus that will house a 100-barrel brewery, canning and bottling line, […]

Breckenridge Doubles Capacity, Opens New Restaurant

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Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery reaches 35 states and produced 64,000 barrels of beer last year, which puts it at number 50 by sales volume on the Brewers Association’s ranking of U.S. craft breweries. Yet while those numbers are impressive, they put some restraints on Breckenridge’s ability to be creative. Last year the brewery was at max […]

Breweries Boom in Greater Minnesota

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If there are two things craft breweries in greater Minnesota have proven, it’s that there is no such thing as a “typical” craft-beer drinker, and demand for new and interesting beers doesn’t stop at the 694–494 loop. “Customers just blow stereotypes out of the water,” said Bemidji Brewing Company Head Brewer Tom Hill. “We’ll have […]

Winner of Homebrew Competition Will Brew Their Own Recipe at Boom Island

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Boom Island Brewing Company is giving one homebrewer the chance to make the jump from garage to brewhouse, but first they have to prove their mettle in a Belgian-style homebrew competition as part of the brewery’s annual Boom Days celebration, July 17-19. The grand prize winner will brew their beer on Boom Island’s 15-barrel system […]

Rooted in Tradition, Keepsake Cidery Looks to the Future

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg “This is really out there,” my fiancée remarks as we turn onto another winding country road taking us deeper into farmland on our way to Keepsake Cidery in Dundas, Minnesota. She’s right—the roar of I-35 has completely faded away by this point,  replaced by the sound of rustling trees in the […]

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Growing Pains: Toppling Goliath Confronts the Challenges of Expansion, Turnover, and Public Perception


Like a milk-chugging eighth grader, Toppling Goliath is on the verge of a summer growth spurt. Since opening in 2009, the small Decorah, Iowa, brewery has lit up the online trade boards with explosively hopped beers, such as its flagship pale ale PseudoSue and a bitter fiend’s dream Intergalactic Warrior. With Goliath’s demand far exceeding […]

Tin Whiskers and Urban Growler Compete in First-Ever Brew-Off

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Updated: May 28, 2015 The Tin Whiskers vs. Urban Growler Brew-Off ended in an even tie! A big thank you to all who showed up and voted at The Happy Gnome last night for our Brew-off with Urban Growler! After… Posted by Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 Tin Whiskers threw down […]

For the Love of Barley: Able Seedhouse Finds Its Brewer

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Photos by Brandon Werth In today’s craft-beer culture, hops seem to get all the love, but spend a minute scrolling through Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s Instagram feed and you might just experience a tingly feeling for barley you never knew you were capable of. Delicate fields of gold ready for harvest; lush, green elbow-high stalks […]

First Look: Surly’s Fine Dining Restaurant, Brewer’s Table

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Photos by Aaron Davidson On Tuesday, Surly Brewing Company gave a preview of its fine dining restaurant, Brewer’s Table, located on the upper floor of its Minneapolis destination brewery. “We’ve been brewing since December; the taproom opened up, the beer hall downstairs; the garden’s kind of greening up, so that’s great,” recounted Surly Founder Omar Ansari. […]

Bent Paddle Celebrates Two Years with ‘Festiversary’ Party May 30

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When Duluth’s Bent Paddle Brewing Co. opened in 2013 they expected growth, just not at this level. “We’ve blown our seven-year business plan out of the water,” says Laura Mullen, one of the business’ four owners. Set to celebrate their second anniversary with a May 30 “Festiversary” party, the brewery is already testing the limits […]

Update: The Sunday Growler Sales Race Is On

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Updated: June 1, 2015 Cities across the state of Minnesota are updating their ordinances to allow Sunday growler sales following a law change at the state level that permits them pending local approval. Below is a chronological list of effective dates for Sunday growler sales in individual cities. Check brewery websites and social media channels […]

Now Open: Lupulin Brewing


Photos by Brian Kaufenberg On May 10, many eager Minnesotans with boats in tow will find themselves in Big Lake, parked in bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Highway 10 on their way north for fishing opener. On May 15, they’ll find themselves in lined up in Big Lake for another opener—Lupulin Brewing’s grand opening. Founded by […]