Mike Lundell of Summit Brewing Company: An “I Do Drink Beer” Type

A Brewer Profile of Summit Brewing Company’s Mike Lundell

By Joe Alton

Name: Mike Lundell

Hometown: Cannon Falls, MN

Works at: Summit Brewing Company, Saint Paul, MN

Turn-ons: Smiling, mischievous eyes and a sense of adventure

Turn-offs: ‘I don’t drink beer’ types and video gamer haters.


Growler: What’s in your fridge right now?

Mike Lundell: Some various Unchained beers, Saga, and some homebrews from Sean, my curling team skip.

G: What’s your favorite music to brew to?

ML: Listen to the Current when I brew.  Transmission at 10 pm helps Thursday nights go by quickly, and Ricky Martin when I need to dance.

G: What keeps you inspired?

ML: Bill Walton, journeyman NBA center, when asked “What’s your favorite Grateful Dead song?” would answer “the next one.”  That kind of sums it up for me in a lot of ways.  The next one is what inspires me.

G: What would you be doing (professionally) if you weren’t brewing?

ML: I would probably be running a scuba diving shop in the Caribbean.

G: Where is your favorite place to put one back?*

ML: Locally, the Muddy Pig.  Abroad, Carlito’s in Freising, Bavaria.  And the best bar on the planet, The Green Parrot in Key West.*

G: What is biggest misconception about your line of work? 

ML: A lot of people think being a brewer is easy and glamorous and that is far from the truth.  It’s a messy job at times and you have to be able to work long hours on your feet in a pretty hot and humid environment.  Sweat drenched underwear.  That’s the life for me! And it better be for you if you want to get into it!

G: When did you discover craft beer?

ML: Back in the late 80’s I was drinking imports like Paulaner Oktoberfest so it was easy to move to James Page and Summit.  I was a porter fanatic by 1990!

G: When did you decide you wanted to brew professionally?

ML: I was managing a scuba diving shop in Burnsville when I heard Summit would be building a new brewery and would be hiring.  I had been homebrewing a bit by this time so I decided to make the leap. October, 1996 I quit my salaried manager job so I could make 8 bucks an hour working 15 hours a week on the Summit bottling line.  Best career move ever.

* Editor’s Note: Due to an editing error in the print publication, the corrected question and answer is listed here from issue four of The Growler magazine’s print publication.


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