Straight from the Source: LTD Brewing Co.

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By Doug Hoverson Blake Verdon and Jeremy “Jem” Hale met in their science classes at the University of Minnesota and quickly became obsessed with brewing. Like many other homebrewers, they dreamed of going pro, but their science training kept them on a systematic path. They found the brewing system they wanted more than two years […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Take 16 Brewing

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Is Luverne big enough for Take 16 Brewing? Its owners sure hope so. In the small farming town of Luverne, Minnesota, a group of friends got together everyday for coffee at a local hangout to talk about life, work, and the community, until in July 2012 the conversation turned to beer. “Why doesn’t Luverne have […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Montgomery Brewing

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Montgomery Brewing has a rare combination of hometown charm and historic cachet. When you have access to a 130-year-old defunct brewery building, there’s only one thing to do—start brewing in it. That’s exactly what Charles Dorsey and AJ Newton did these past years when they drove from the Twin Cities to Montgomery, Minnesota, to homebrew […]

Now Open: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery

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Now Open (or Damn Close) profiles Waconia’s next big thing: Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery. Commuting out of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul on a weeknight is a grueling odyssey of weaving through construction bottlenecks, lane closures, accidents, and full-on gridlock. But as you get further away from downtown towards Waconia, the traffic eases—as does […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wabasha Brewing

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Now Open (or Damn Close) looks at St. Paul’s newest brewery: Wabasha Brewing. St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood is steeped in Minnesota’s brewing tradition. It’s there that Anthony Yoerg moved Minnesota’s first commercial brewing company in 1871 where it stood until 1953. Martin Bruggeman followed suit in 1872 and moved Bruggeman’s Brewery to the West […]

Indeed Brewing Company Expands, New Beers and Expanded Distribution To Follow

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When Indeed Brewing Company opened their Northeast Minneapolis Brewery in 2012 they saved some space for more and bigger tanks with the hope of future expansion. Well, that original brewhouse is much more crowded these days and Indeed has again expanded their brewing capacity with the addition of a couple shiny new tanks and some new cellar space. […]

Bob DuVernois to step down as head brewer at Excelsior

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Excelsior Brewing announced in its Friday, October 31st newsletter that head brewer Bob DuVernois will be “hanging up his EBC spurs in the middle of November” to take some time off and determine what he’d like to pursue as his next adventure. Bob DuVernois has been an abiding figure in Minnesota’s brewing scene since his […]

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 […]

Now Open: Eastlake Brewery at the Midtown Global Market

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Photos by Brian Kaufenberg and Joseph Alton 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 […]

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 […]