Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roma Restaurant & Brewery

Roma Restaurant & Brewery is owned by two brothers who grew up in a foodie household. Making things from scratch is what they know, and that love of working with their hands and creating led them into the culinary world and, now, into beer as well. Brent Pilrain and his brother Brian, one year older, […]

Now Open: Island City Brewing Company in Winona

The culture of Winona, Minnesota, is largely shaped by the town’s location along the Mississippi River. Surrounded by water and the picturesque bluffs of the river valley, the city embodies its natural surroundings. So too does its new brewery opening March 17, Island City Brewing Company, situated adjacent to Levee Park, a man-made protection that […]

Now Open: BlackStack Brewing

For the Johnson family of St. Paul, it’s always been about the beer. In the 1990s, Scott Johnson owned All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company that helped bring European classics like La Trappe, Tripel Karmeliet, and Pauwel Kwak to Minnesota. Johnson eventually got out of that business, but he’s always loved beer. It’s a passion […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Swinging Bridge Brewing Company

“It’s a really special town here,” says Dustin Dodge, founder of Swinging Bridge Brewing Company in River Falls, Wisconsin. “It has that small town feel but you’re really close to everything,” he explains. Dodge is a native of Spooner, Wisconsin, and after serving in the military he moved to River Falls to attend University of […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Copperwing Distillery

Three scientists—Chris Palmisano, Brian Idelkope, and Kyle Kettering—are spreading their wings with the opening of Copperwing Distillery in St. Louis Park. Kettering studied mechanical engineering; Palmisano studied electrical engineering before attending law school; and Idelkope studied genetics, cell biology, and development, before becoming a physician. Palmisano and Idelkope met each other as neighbors in South […]

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 […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roets Jordan Brewery

Not even a 40-ton landslide of mud, rock, and tree roots could keep Tim Roets from opening his brewery in Jordan, Minnesota. In his shoes, many would have been discouraged when heavy rains in July 2014 caused the hillside to slam into the historic Jordan Brewery where Roets was working to open a three-barrel brewery. […]

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 […]

Now Open: Moose Lake Brewing Company

Paul Christensen and Shawn Wigg met like many people do in the brewing industry—through mutual friends who also loved beer. At the time in 2014, craft breweries were exploding in the Twin Cities, but Wigg and Christensen noticed craft beer hadn’t reached their part of the state. Soon, they started homebrewing in their garages and […]

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 […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Clockwerks Brewing Company

Lonnie Manresa remembers brewing beer before he’d learned the multiplication table. “My dad was homebrewing before homebrewing was a thing,” he recalls. “I was always perched over some vat with big fireproof gloves on while my dad was pouring five gallons of boiling liquid,” he laughs. For his troubles, Manresa got a share of the […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bald Man Brewing

Whenever the Jacobs family gets together, it’s inevitable that the occasion will be marked by a batch of Tristan Kusnierek’s homebrew. The tradition started when Dan Jacobs’ cousin married Kusnierek, an avid homebrewer since 1992. Despite a homebrewing hiatus during a period of apartment dwelling in the late ‘90s, brewing was a major part of […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Urban Moose Brewing Company

“I’ve done banquets, events, catering, private country clubs, golf courses, free standing restaurants, and upscale walk-in, award-winning wine cellars,” says Roy Dodds, the majority owner of Urban Moose Brewing Company in Sauk Rapids. “All kinds of food and beverage things,” he says, except a brewpub. But that changes as of today, July 25, when Urban Moose […]