Firefighters and breweries bring warmth to kids in Minnesota one coat at a time

It’s almost unfathomable to consider enduring a Minnesota winter without a thick, warm, well-made, secure winter jacket. But thousands of people find themselves facing the harsh winds and biting temperatures each year without a coat to protect them. Many of those individuals are children. Operation Warm was founded in 2002 with the goal of serving […]

Growth by demand: 56 Brewing to add outdoor taproom, continue growler delivery

56 Brewing didn’t expect to reach capacity at their Northeast Minneapolis brewhouse in just two months. Granted, there’s just 710 square feet of production space to work with in the former NorthGate facility at 3134 California St. NE. But the small production brewery has plans to grow beyond just selling growlers onsite. “We didn’t have […]

Now Open: 10K Brewing

Brother and sister Jesse and Ashley Hauf are about to open the first brewery in Anoka, Minnesota, but the siblings aren’t the only ones contributing to the family affair that is 10K Brewing. On a recent Tuesday afternoon in the brewery, Ashley and Jesse’s father was busy sanding the original wood floors he’d helped uncover […]

Now Open: OMNI Brewing Company

“Omni” means “all” or “of all things.” Through both its beers and the atmosphere of its taproom, OMNI Brewing Company intends to live up to its name—to be a place where both craft beer connoisseurs and relative newbies can find beer they’ll enjoy while having a good time. This desire to make approachable beers as […]

Now Open: Birch’s on the Lake

There is no dining experience more Midwestern than a supperclub—except perhaps a supperclub with a brewery. This September, Birch’s Restaurant of Long Lake, Minnesota, will reopen in a new lakeside location as Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub. Moving from its former, smaller downtown location to the 12,000-square-foot space allowed Birch’s founder Burt Joseph […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Urban Forage Winery & Cider House

A featureless, white stucco storefront along East Lake Street in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood will find its way into the history books this fall as home to the first winery in Minneapolis–St. Paul since before Prohibition. Husband and wife Jeff and Gita Zeitler are the founders of Urban Forage Winery & Cider House, which will be […]

Barley John’s announces Minnesota distribution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]