Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Wild Mind Artisan Ales is doing something different, and they emphasize that point in their new South Minneapolis brewery. Behind a wall-sized window, visitors will get a good look at their foudres—large wooden vessels where mixed-fermentation beers will age for anywhere from six to 12 months. Foudres are uncommon in most American craft breweries—they’re big […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Talking Waters Brewing Company

John Skoglund still remembers his first craft brewery experience, years ago in Montana. “It was very intriguing to me, the community and locals coming together. It really drew me in,” the Montevideo native recalls. “I kept thinking it would be nice to have something like this around here.” He’ll get his wish later this month, […]

Now Open: Bobtown Brewhouse and Grill

They say beer brings people together. Turns out, it also keeps people connected. Mike Christenson, owner of Bobtown Brewhouse and Grill in Roberts, Wisconsin (population 1,651), has known Katie Eells since high school, but never thought he’d go into business with her. “We didn’t see each other for years,” he says. “It started over a […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Twin Spirits Distillery

Michelle Winchester wanted to get outside her comfort zone. She’s been a stay-at-home mom and part-time freelancer most of her life, and her four sons are mostly grown now. Her new adventure: taking what was once a boarded-up building in Northeast Minneapolis and starting Twin Spirits Distillery, the first solely woman-owned distillery in Minnesota set […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lawless Distilling

“We’re three normal people trying to quit our day jobs,” says Nate Karnitz of Lawless Distilling Company in Minneapolis. The start-up distillery is self-funded by three friends: Nate and his wife Kirsten Karnitz, and longtime friend Chris Kulzer. “I definitely think it’s hard to start without having a ton of industry experience and a ton […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Lakeville Brewing Co.

“My dream has always been to open a restaurant, and about a year ago my dream became to open a brewpub,” explains Glen Bruestle, one of four owners at Lakeville Brewing Company, set to open June 13. Bruestle and his wife Kate were looking for a building to house their restaurant plans, and ended up […]

Now Open: Tavern Brewery opens with new brewers

In spring of 2015, Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, expanded operations and went from pub to brewpub, tearing down a closed yogurt shop on the adjacent property and replacing it with a brewhouse to attach to their pub. A year later, they’re rebooting operations as Tavern Brewery, complete with a new brewhouse staff and […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Roundhouse Brewery

As craft breweries continue to open across the country, it’s becoming clear that the trend isn’t just about beer. There’s a larger craft movement at hand. Take Roundhouse Brewery in Brainerd, for example: at the center of a revitalized former rail yard, the brewery is helping bring jobs back to the Northern Minnesota city’s core. […]

Now Open: Inbound BrewCo

Just like their logo, Inbound BrewCo has planted their flag in Minneapolis and is officially moving in. Owned by North Loop BrewCo (formerly Lucid), Inbound is a new brand with new beers that will specialize in the taproom experience—something North Loop has been unable to do in their Minnetonka location for the past four years. […]

Now Open: Wayzata Brew Works

When Wayzata put out a call for more destination-focused businesses, entrepreneur Robert Klick heard the call loud and clear. His answer: open a brewery. First, Klick visited an old dairy building, one that is now being replaced by condos. Then, he turned his attention closer to Lake Minnetonka, to the Boatworks Building. It’s prime real […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Modist Brewing Company

There are lots of things in a taproom designed to draw a drinker’s attention. Things like clever tap handles, splashy artwork, unique beers, and an inviting atmosphere. The floor of the brewhouse? Not so much. But that’s the first thing that catches the eye at Modist Brewing Company, the soon-to-open, highly anticipated North Loop brewery […]

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Now Open: Angry Inch Brewing

[Editor’s Note: After an unanticipated delay, Angry Inch Brewing held its grand opening on Friday, July 29 and is now open for business] It’s been an unexpected journey for Jon Erickson and Josh Hebzynski from homebrewing in their garage to claiming a spot on Holyoke Avenue in downtown Lakeville, Minnesota. After years of planning, refinancing, […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hydra Beer Company

Just as the mythological seven-headed hydra rose from the swamps of Lerna, so rises Hydra Beer Company of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their beer has been on shelves since May 2015 thanks to contract agreements with Sprecher and Brau Brothers, and they opened their own taproom space at the end of the year. But now […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Disgruntled Brewing

“Disgruntled kind of describes me,” says Brett Doebbeling, co-owner and head brewer at Disgruntled Brewing, soon to open in Perham, Minnesota. Although he’s successfully run his own drywall company for the past 15 years, before that Doebbeling says he “was always kind of a disgruntled employee thinking I could do it better on my own.” […]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): u4ic Brewing Incorporated

When u4ic Brewing Incorporated opens this weekend in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, it will follow the now familiar path of being helmed by a homebrewing hobbyist-turned-full-time brewer that many of the state’s new breweries share. Jeff Luskey started homebrewing in 1989 and has spent the last 25 years refining recipes and honing his craft, even purchasing […]