Number 12 Cider House’s North Loop taproom, new head cidermaker named at Minneapolis Cider Company, and more Minnesota cider news

While not as explosive as the craft beer boom, cider has seen steady growth in recent years in Minnesota. And with opening of several new cider taprooms across the state this year, the oft-misunderstood beverage might just be approaching a renaissance of its own in the state. To help push cider into the limelight, Minnesota’s … [ Read more]

Earth Rider Brewery’s Rule of Three: Allyson Rolph, Tim Wilson, and Frank Kaszuba

Earth Rider’s spacious brewery is filled with the typical elements: a mountain of grain bags stand atop pallets, next to a handful of beer-filled barrels stacked two-high. Looming over everything, the brewing system hums loudly, as one would expect out of an operation that can produce around 3,000 barrels annually. But the bustling brewery and … [ Read more]

Sneak peek of Bent Paddle’s new taproom and pilot brewery, opening April 12

Over its five years, Bent Paddle Brewing Company has changed a lot. It has expanded into the city’s largest brewery, producing 16,705 barrels in 2017 and distributing its beer throughout the entire state of Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin and eastern North Dakota. Since it started with five employees in 2013, the staff has … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill

The history of Minnesota’s Iron Range is filled with rapid expansions and contractions—the booms and busts—of a mining industry that transformed Minnesota’s Arrowhead region from an inhospitable wilderness to the country’s largest producing region of iron ore. Erik and Jessica Leitz, who will open BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill in downtown Hibbing at the turn … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Klockow Brewing

The Klockow surname may not have been Andy and Tasha’s 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. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] And great beer, of course. Co-founders Nick and Cassandra Olson always dreamt of opening a brewery. … [ 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. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] Located … [ 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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