Now Open (Or Damn Close): Falling Knife Brewing Company in Minneapolis

When they were just under two weeks away from opening, Falling Knife Brewing Company’s chief revenue officer, Dan Herman, admitted there were still things left to do. “I’ve got about three months of work to do in the next 13 days,” Herman says. “But I’ve got an understanding fiancée and a need to never sleep.” The … [ Read more]

Now Open: Inver Grove Brewing Company in Inver Grove Heights

A brewpub isn’t just a brewery with a restaurant or restaurant with a brewery. It’s an agent of change, according to Megan Seiler and Glen Bruestle of Inver Grove Brewing Company, which opened on September 21. Bruestle and his wife Kate and Seiler and her husband Don, who own the brewpub with head brewer Taylor … [ Read more]

Now Open: Rapids Brewing Co. looks to revamp downtown Grand Rapids through the brewpub experience

Before they had a historied brewer, before they had a veteran chef, Rapids Brewing Co. was simply an idea to counteract a growing concern in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Bill Martinetto, general manager of Rapids Brewing Co. and one of its original members, explained that the brewery’s initial partners felt that downtown Grand Rapids had drifted far from … [ Read more]

First Look: Copper Trail Brewing Company’s new taproom in Alexandria

I f there’s been one constant at Copper Trail Brewing Co. since they opened in 2016, it’s been growth. “Our plan was—start up, get the loan […] and as we get comfortable with our system, we’d add [additional] tanks,” Graf recalls their plan from 2016. But business at Copper Trail took off much quicker than … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Fergus Brewing Co. in Fergus Falls

Mounted on the northernmost wall of the brewing space, Saint Arnold of Metz presides over the final preparations at the nearly-opened Fergus Brewing Co. “He’s the patron saint of brewers,” shares head brewer Andy Beck. “He watches over me when I brew. He got a lot of people to drink beer instead of the contaminated … [ Read more]

Now Open: Forbidden Barrel Brewing in Worthington, Minn.

When Worthington, Minnesota, was settled in 1872 by professor and Prohibitionist Ransom Humiston and A.P. Miller, it was meant to be a town free of alcohol. But then, as the town residents tell the tale, Civil War veterans moved to town with a thirst for beer. Next thing you know, Humiston is destroying a keg … [ Read more]

Now Open: Boom Island Brewing’s new taproom in Minnetonka

A change of scenery can often work wonders to rekindle the embers of personal creativity. Visual artists change studios, musicians and writers hole up in cabins or other remote spaces, but for brewers, whose tools are industrial in size, it’s not so easy. If the size of the smile on Boom Island head brewer and … [ Read more]

Now Open: Trout City Brewing in Preston, Minn.

A giant trout statue welcomes you to Preston, Minnesota. Downtown, a bicycle rack shaped like the fish jumps out of the sidewalk. The city has dubbed itself “Minnesota’s Trout Capital,” so it’s only natural that its new brewery, opening August 15 next to the National Trout Center, would name itself accordingly—Trout City Brewing—and prominently feature … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Thesis Beer Project in Rochester

The central thesis of Thesis Beer Project is to make good beer and do good. Located in Rochester’s uptown neighborhood a stone’s throw away from Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys campus, Thesis Beer Project will be the city’s sixth brewery when co-owners Allyson Palmer and Adam Fredericksen open its doors on August 13. The building is immediately … [ Read more]

Now Open: White Bear Meadery in White Bear Lake

From our professional football team to cultural lore, Vikings play a leading role in Minnesota. But Josh and Dana Eckton believed it wasn’t easy enough to find the seafaring Scandinavians’ drink of choice—mead. To help change this, the Ecktons opened White Bear Meadery on June 29 in Gem Lake, Minnesota, with the goal of helping … [ Read more]

Now Open: Alexandria’s Ida Graves Distillery launches honey-based vodka and organic gin

Brock Berglund and Anna Wilson’s 77 acres outside Alexandria, Minnesota, are beautiful, bordering on idyllic. The land is enrolled in the Minnesota DNR’s Conservation Reserve Program, in which private land is set aside to encourage wildlife habitation. It’s full of native grasses and pollinator plants. The DNR even installed a berm to create a wetland … [ Read more]

Now Open: Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Warroad

Summer Road Warriors, here’s a new destination to put on your map: Minnesota’s northernmost brewery, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company in Warroad, Minnesota. The original Lake of the Woods Brewing Company got its start in 1898 on the northern shores of Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario. It stayed in operation until 1954 … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Oldenburg Brewing Company in Belle Plaine

When the owners of the newly opened Oldenburg Brewing Company calls it a family-oriented brewpub, they don’t just mean that kids are allowed in the taproom. Don and Colt Oldenburg aren’t just co-owners and co-brewers—they are also father and son. Two generations of Oldenburgs have called Belle Plaine home and, during that time, owned many … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin

Since opening in March, Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin, Minnesota, has quickly become a popular spot for locals to gather and enjoy local beers and unique, homemade food, bringing back a much-appreciated slice of nightlife to the town. Now, after a busy grand-opening event over Memorial Day weekend, their own beer has finally joined … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Schram Haus Brewery in Chaska

After a 60-year hiatus, Chaska will once again have a brewery when Schram Haus Brewery opens May 3. Located on a bluff overlooking the city’s historic downtown area, Schram Haus’ modern take on a German beer hall will also pay homage to the city’s rich brewing history, dating back to the mid-1800s. If the name … [ Read more]