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): 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): Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co.

When Emmett Swartout was just a boy, his dad received a Mr. Beer kit as a present. Swartout was so excited to work on the process with his dad, until he realized the end result would be something he wouldn’t be allowed to drink. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and Swartout is not only able … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): AEGIR Brewing in Elk River

According to Norse mythology, Ægir (pronounced AH-year) was a giant who lived under the sea. He was known as the brewer to the gods and held elaborate parties where the glasses were never empty. But if the gods were unable to set aside their differences and play nice, they were banished from all future festivities. … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Back Channel Brewing

When a brewery has nearly 4,000 Facebook likes prior to ever opening its doors to the public, it catches your attention. With taprooms on the eastern and southern shores of Lake Minnetonka, a feverous group of locals have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Back Channel Brewing, which held its soft opening on September 22–24 … [ Read more]

Now Open: Moose Lake Brewing Company

Paul Christensen and Shawn Wigg met like many people do in the brewing industry—through mutual friends who also loved beer. At the time in 2014, craft breweries were exploding in the Twin Cities, but Wigg and Christensen noticed craft beer hadn’t reached their part of the state. Soon, they started homebrewing in their garages and … [ Read more]