Barley John’s announces Minnesota distribution

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Barley John’s, the acclaimed New Brighton brewpub, has announced plans to distribute beer to on- and off-sale Minnesota establishments in the coming months. Their New Richmond, Wisconsin, brewery is up and running, which is how the until-now-brewpub is allowed to distribute beer in Minnesota. Owner John Moore and head brewer, Bob McKenzie (formerly 3rd Street, […]

Lessons from Year One


We asked six Minnesota breweries to reflect on the ups and downs of their first year in the brewing business Minnesota will have more than 100 craft breweries in business by the end of 2015. It’s remarkable, considering the state had only five licensed breweries in 2005. While all the new developments are interesting, what’s […]

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‘Business incubator’ Kutzky Market to serve up art, beer & food in Rochester

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What do a brewpub, coffee shop, commercial kitchen, pop-up restaurant, and nine spaces for artists to sell their works have in common? They’ll all be under one roof at the soon-to-open Kutzky Market in Rochester, Minnesota. The market is the brainchild of Annie Henderson, a former teacher and current arts advocate and real estate appraiser. The basic idea […]

Bryn Mawr Brewing Co. signs lease for historic Minneapolis location

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Bryn Mawr Brewing Company announced today it has signed a 10-year lease in the @Glenwood development at 225 Thomas Avenue North in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. The location was home to the Glenwood Inglewood Water Company and the Fruen Mill throughout the late 19th and much of the 20th century, but has sat vacant for many […]

UPDATE: Artisan Beer Company will distribute Toppling Goliath starting next month

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Starting in late August, Minnesotans will no longer have to cross a state line to buy Toppling Goliath beer. The Decorah, Iowa, brewery will officially announce today it is partnering with Johnson Brothers’ Artisan Beer Company to expand its distribution into Minnesota and take over distribution in Iowa. “Johnson Brothers is one of the best […]

Straight from the Source: Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery


Behind the shopping center and suburban sub-development in Waconia, Minnesota, Airport Road changes from asphalt to gravel and offers a reminder of how steeped in agriculture Carver County was even a generation ago. Amidst the farmland is a patch of land on the north shore of Reitz Lake. The southern-facing slope is ideal for growing […]

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 […]