Now Open (Or Damn Close): Klockow Brewing

The Klockow surname may not have been Andy and Tasha first choice for naming their brewery, but given the support and help provided by their family, it’s a good fit. With the construction phase behind them, Klockow Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s first microbrewery, is set to open on October 28. When Andy and Tasha … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Earth Rider Brewing

When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider Brewing this fall, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966. Given its unique name, location, and the assemblage of elite local brewing talent under its roof, Earth Rider is a concept that couldn’t … [ Read more]

Extreme Duluth: 4 rides perfect for mountain bikers of all levels

Duluth is a bike city. Yes, it has the big lake, and a number of monikers that come along with it. But in recent years the City on a Hill has utilized its topography to become a major biking destination—that is, for those who enjoy riding them down and around hills. Thanks to aggressive trail … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Three Twenty Brewing Company

By family and for family, Three Twenty Brewing Company is reviving a long-forgotten brewing tradition and revitalizing a historic building in Pine City. The ultimate goal? Community unity. And great beer, of course. Co-founders Nick and Cassandra Olson always dreamt of opening a brewery. But with two young children and two full-time jobs, it was … [ Read more]

Lionheart becomes Minneapolis Cider Company, building cidery and taproom

Lionheart Cider Company announced today that it’s rebranding to become Minneapolis Cider Company, and developing plans to open a taproom and production facility in Northeast Minneapolis. For co-founder Jason Dayton, it’s a not so much a shift away from the original brand, but rather a move back towards their original goal: to open a cider … [ 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): 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]

Blacklist Artisan Ales opens taproom in downtown Duluth

Duluth’s reputation as a superior beer destination was further solidified this November with the opening of Blacklist Artisan Ales’ new 20-barrel brewery and taproom on East Superior Street. Since its founding in 2012, Blacklist has operated out of a small warehouse without a taproom on Second Street. In January of 2016, the brewery announced it … [ Read more]

The Barrel Brokers

The Otises just wanted to age honey. Now they’re at the center of Minnesota’s barrel trade. Duluth Barrel Works owners Jon and Erin Otis never envisioned becoming “barrel brokers.” Yet today, they does just that for nearly every brewery in the Twin Ports area, including Bent Paddle and Thirsty Pagan, as well as Dangerous Man … [ Read more]

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Dry in Duluth: The story behind the last dry neighborhoods in the Zenith City

Nearly all of Duluth has embraced the explosion of local beer, but there’s one eastside neighborhood that hasn’t partaken. In fact, the Lakeside/Lester Park neighborhood hasn’t sold a drop of alcohol during its 125-year-old ban on liquor sales. The historic run came to end in June, however, when the Duluth City Council voted to sign … [ Read more]

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