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Now Open (Or Damn Close): The Dampfwerk Distillery Company

Dampf-werk. Say it. It’s fun. And if you’re curious, that’s “steam works” in German. It’s also the name of a new distillery nestled behind a garage door in St. Louis Park. The Dampfwerk Distillery Company is owned and operated by the Loeffelholz family and—just like its owners—has a bit of dual citizenship. On the one … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hoops Brewing

It’s been over one-and-a-half years in the works, and is the culmination of a highly-successful career in the craft beer industry, but master brewer Dave Hoops is set to open the eponymous Hoops Brewing brewery and beer hall, in Duluth’s Canal Park, in late June. It’s the first foray into brewery ownership for Hoops, a six-time Great … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Barrel Theory Beer Company

At Barrel Theory Beer Company, Lowertown St. Paul’s new brewery, it’s all about the wood. Hardwood floors, a long, woodburned bench seat stretching along the wall, weathered wooden tap handles, and exposed wooden ceiling joists dominate the taproom, located next door to Dark Horse Bar & Eatery. Perhaps it’s fitting that the long wood bar … [ Read more]

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

As Imminent Brewing Co. works on constructing tables from reclaimed wood, hanging decorations, and tidying up, Northfield locals show up every half-hour or so to help out, or hand something over like the World War I lithographs they thought would go well in the old National Guard armory building. This is what Randy Clay, head … [ Read more]

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

The story of Unmapped Brewing Co., Minnetonka’s first taproom and only current brewery, is one of venturing into the unknown. Thematically, the outdoors is at the heart of Unmapped, where a mural of an unsettled Twin Cities geography will decorate the west wall of the brewery. Outside, bike racks and a bit of green space … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative

Like most beer fans and homebrewers with big dreams, the collective behind Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative always thought it would be great to have their own brewery. They just didn’t know how to raise the capital while keeping community spirit at the forefront of their business. Then, one day it hit them: a co-op brewery … [ Read more]

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]