Now Open (Or Darn Close): Revelation Ale Works

For Ryan Evenson, owning a brewery in Hallock, Minnesota, started with $100 and a dream. “We had a revelation,” says the Thief River Falls native, noting the significance of the light bulb in the Revelation Ale Works logo. Ryan, who is opening Revelation Ale Works with his wife Lindsey, his brother Josh, and sister-in-law Ashley, […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Utepils Brewing Company

Utepils Brewing is making a statement at their getaway location in Minneapolis’ @Glenwood development in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. The brewery will open with the state’s sixth-largest brewhouse on February 18. Aiming high was always the plan. Founder Dan Justesen has been part of the Minnesota beer scene for the better part of this millennium, […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Cuyuna Brewing Company

Nick Huisinga is a busy man. During the week, he produces vaccines for Willmar Poultry Company. On the weekends, he drives two and a half hours north to put the finishing touches on the soon-to-open Cuyuna Brewing Company in Crosby. Huisinga owns the brewery with his wife and father-in-law. He’ll serve as head brewer and his […]

Half Acre Beer Company announces early 2017 entry into Wisconsin

Chicago’s growing Half Acre Beer Company is entering the Wisconsin market, hitting 32 of the state’s 72 total counties in early 2017. Half Acre’s four year-round beers and varied seasonals will be available mostly along the eastern and southern portions of the state and hitting cities including Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. The range spreads […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Copper Trail Brewing Company

The story behind Copper Trail Brewing, like so many others, is one of beer and friendship. Co-owners Dave Gibbons and Adam Graf were longtime friends and Alexandria natives. Both went to NDSU and when they returned to their hometown later in life, they ended up working for the same company. Already knowing that they work […]

Trailblazers 2016: Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing

Brewery taprooms have become one of most significant cultural developments in the Twin Cities in recent years, but most lack in one clear area: food. Food trucks get the job done, but they rarely take dining to the next level. That’s where Jorge Guzman separates Surly from the pack. Guzman spent years as lead chef […]

Proof Artisan Distillers releases Glen Fargo single malt whiskey

Craft spirits are a new frontier—the distilleries among us new pioneers cutting a new swath in familiar grains. For Proof Artisan Distillers, highlighting North Dakota’s bountiful barley harvests in an American single malt whiskey is the perfect way to swing their scythe. Glen Fargo, called “The Single Malt of North Dakota” by Proof Artisan Distillers, […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Cosmos Brewing Company

Just off a gravel road next to a horse farm in Hugo, Minnesota, two friends are getting ready to launch their new production brewery into orbit. Cosmos Brewing majority owner Daryl Bolicek once envisioned a “rock star hotel” at the site: a place for touring musicians to rehearse, record, and get some R&R before playing gigs […]

Pryes Brewing building riverside brewery in Minneapolis

Two years after Pryes Brewing launched their first beer, Miraculum, the company announced it has found a permanent home for its brewery along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The company, which started as an alternating proprietor at Lucid Brewing’s Minnetonka facility and now at North Loop BrewCo in Minneapolis, aims to open their own space to the […]

All the hops: 2016 fresh hop beer round-up

The leaves aren’t the only things that change colors during autumn in Minnesota. Beers across the state go from gold to red, then brown and black, but in the midst of that change is one final harvest—it’s fresh hop season, ladies and gentleman. In conjunction with the boom of new breweries, the state’s commercial hop […]

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub to launch food truck

For four years, Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub has been bringing people to South Minneapolis for handcrafted beer and well-smoked meats. But with dining space in the 80-person restaurant regularly maxed out, the business has been searching for a way to bring its food (and beer) to more people. Owner Jamie Robinson had been exploring options […]

Island City Brewing Company lays anchor in Winona

Craft beer is coming to Winona later this year at the new Island City Brewing Company, tentatively scheduled to open sometime this fall. The brewery and taproom will be at 65 E. Front Street in an unused part of the Jefferson Pub and Grill building located between Winona’s historic downtown and the Mississippi River. It’s […]

Unmapped Brewing is on the map with Minnetonka lease signing

Unmapped Brewing is putting a pin on the beer map in Minnetonka. The brewery recently signed a lease at the intersection of Excelsior Boulevard and Eden Prairie Road and is anticipating a spring 2017 opening day. Founded by husband-wife team of JD and Megan Park, the brewery will focus on Belgian-influenced beers with an emphasis on American hops, […]

How to choose the record player that’s right for you

Everyone used to know a stereo expert, someone with the full console setup and a 7.1 sound system that made the bass purr, rumble, or pound depending on the song. That was back in the pre-digital era when CDs still reigned supreme and cassettes and turntables played second fiddle. While iPods and Bluetooth define the […]

30 years of beer: A Summit Brewing timeline

Summit Brewing Company owner Mark Stutrud refers to himself as a non-conformist. Proof of that is on display in Summit’s Beer Hall, where a framed letter from the Brewers Association from 1983 strongly suggests he not open his St. Paul brewery. Fortunately for Minnesota beer fans, Stutrud ignored the letter, and his Extra Pale Ale […]