Carlos Creek Winery’s owners are starting a Viking-themed brewery in Alexandria

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, Minnesota, has been a destination for wine lovers in the state since 1999. The winery has grown a lot since opening, adding a new production building in 2015, cider in 2016, and, come summer 2019, craft beer under the brand 22 Northmen Brewing. “Many of us at the winery are as … [ Read more]

J.J. Taylor–MN president Christopher Morton and Teamsters’ Ed Reynoso outline contract agreement to end seven-week strike

The nearly seven-week strike by 93 members of Teamsters Local 792 against distribution company J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota came to an end late Thursday, May 24, 2018. According to a tweet from Teamsters Local 792, the contract between the striking employees and Minnesota’s largest beer distributor was overwhelmingly ratified: “all along it was … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Rustech Brewing in Monticello

It seems these days that the most successful way to revitalize a city’s downtown area is to add a brewery. So when longtime residents and husband and wife duo Bill and Penny Burt approached the city of Monticello last year inquiring why the zoning laws prohibited a brewery in their town, it started the ball rolling … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company in Hutchinson

Looking at a map of Minnesota’s breweries, there’s a significant gap in the Hutchinson area. For 29 miles, there’s not a brewery to be found. For the last four years, Dan Hart and Lane Wanous worked to change that. And on May 23, Bobbing Bobber Brewing Company will finally open its doors in Hutchinson. The taproom … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Invictus Brewing Company in Blaine

Name a Twin Cities sporting venue, and there’s bound to be a taproom within a few blocks. Taprooms are places for fans, regardless of team affiliation, to come together as a community. Despite most major sports facilities sporting at least one nearby taproom, the most highly trafficked venue in Minnesota—Blaine’s National Sports Complex (NSC)—doesn’t even … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s Town House Bar to become soccer bar, The Black Hart of Saint Paul

The Town House Bar, St. Paul’s oldest LGBTQ bar and home to some of the city’s most vibrant drag shows, is getting a new owner, name, and soccer focus: The Black Hart of Saint Paul. Holly Monnett, the longtime owner of The Town House bar, is selling the business to Wes Burdine, a Midway resident … [ Read more]

Fitger’s distributing its beer recipes across Minnesota under ‘Duluth Brewhouse’ brand

After 23 years of serving the Duluth beer community, Fitger’s Brewhouse will be distributing their beers throughout Minnesota. How’s that? In order to work around Minnesota’s liquor laws, which prohibit brewpubs from distributing beer to retailers and caps annual production at 3,500 barrels, Rod Raymond, owner of Fitger’s Brewhouse, is handing over the rights of … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s first Latino-inspired beer company to open its cervecería and taproom this summer

Minnesota’s first Latino-inspired beer company will soon have a physical cervecería and taproom to call home. La Doña Cervecería founder Sergio Manancero, son of Uruguayan immigrants, former Marine, and University of Minnesota alum, has set his sights upon Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood to build a brewery and taproom for his company, which started producing a line of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Garphish Brewing Company in Bethel

The building at 165 Main Street in the small town of Bethel, Minnesota, has housed many kinds of businesses and organizations since it was built in 1907. During Prohibition, it was a silent movie theater; people were married there while it hosted a Lutheran church; and a few years ago, Bethel City Hall even occupied its basement as … [ Read more]

4 Minnesota breweries score medals at World Beer Cup 2018

The 2018 Craft Brewers Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, came to a close Thursday night with the awards ceremony for the bi-annual World Beer Cup competition, and four beers from Minnesota breweries were decorated with medals. More than 8,000 entries from 66 countries were pitted against each other in this year’s global beer competition, called … [ Read more]

Celebrate National Homebrew Day with Big Brew events around Minnesota

If there wasn’t enough to celebrate on May 5 between Cinco de Mayo and the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday is also the worldwide celebration of the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) National Homebrew Day. In 1988, May 7 was declared before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and to toast to this blessed beer … [ Read more]

Former Disgruntled head brewer opening Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena

Former head brewer and co-founder of Disgruntled Brewing Brett Doebbeling is jumping back into the beer industry with a new project. Doebbeling confirmed plans to open Drastic Measures Brewing with his wife Ashley in downtown Wadena, Minnesota, located half way between Brainerd and Detroit Lakes on U.S. Highway 10. “I decided to start the new brewery … [ Read more]

Brewers Association names first Diversity Ambassador

With the goal of fostering a more diverse craft beer industry, the Brewers Association named J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D. as its first-ever Diversity Ambassador. As an avid homebrewer and assistant professor of communication studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, she has written and spoken extensively on beer’s role in our culture, as well as … [ Read more]

Still in Stillwater: Lift Bridge secures site for new production brewery and taproom

After nearly a decade of brewing, Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Company has outgrown it’s home. But it didn’t have to travel far to find a site to build an expanded production brewery and taproom. Today the company announced that it has purchased a five-and-a-half-acre property, located less than a quarter-mile north of the current location, … [ Read more]

UMN and Urban Growler team up to save the rainforest

Not every beer has the lofty goal of saving the rainforest, but that’s precisely what the University of Minnesota and St. Paul’s Urban Growler Brewing Company aimed to do with two recent beer releases. Their collaboration centers around the rámon nut, a seed that grows in tropical forests in Central America, South America, and the … [ Read more]