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Now Open (Or Damn Close): Portage Brewing Company

Surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest, the small town of Walker, Minnesota, is a port to Walker Bay on the western edge of Leech Lake, and is a thoroughfare for bicycles, canoes, kayaks, motorized boats, and all kinds of nature lovers. Most buildings in downtown slope toward the lake: the local economy literally rising from … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Loony’s Brew

It’s not the northernmost brewery in Minnesota, but Loony’s Brew, which started pouring its own beer last week just over a year after opening as a pub, is certainly in the running for the most eccentric—and musically inclined—brewery in the North Star State. Located in Ranier, Minnesota, a town of 600 year-round inhabitants a few … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Tanzenwald Brewing

While the owners and staff at Tanzenwald Brewing Company met through serendipitous paths, for the past five years every step to opening their brewery has been the result of methodical planning. Fate nearly brought Jenaveve Bell Pittman and Steve Pittman together at several points in their lives. Both are natives of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): HeadFlyer Brewing

Owning a brewery feels natural to Amy and Neil Miller, majority owners at the latest Northeast Minneapolis brewery, HeadFlyer. Amy grew up in an entrepreneurial family and was inspired by the connections small businesses can make with their local communities. As Amy and Neil began dating and later got married, she continued to dream of … [ Read more]

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, … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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, … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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. … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]