PRESS RELEASE: Fitger’s Brewhouse Signs 20-Year Lease with Fitger’s on the Lake


Fitger's Brewhouse // Photo by Maxwell McGruder

Fitger’s Brewhouse // Photo by Maxwell McGruder

Duluth, MN – After 19 years of operation, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Fitger’s on the Lake LLC have cemented their commitment to each other and the community of Duluth by signing a 20-year lease. Both parties are thrilled to be renewing and extending this relationship for a total of 20 more years.

“Fitger’s is a great location for business’ to be successful,” says Vice-President of Fitger’s on the Lake LLC, Scott Vesterstein. “Forty years is a great testament to that.” Vesterstein and business partner Vlasie Solon are very pleased to have this strong commitment from the Brewhouse.

Fitger’s Brewhouse first opened its doors at Fitger’s in 1995. Since then, the Brewhouse has been offering craft beer, local food, and live music to the Duluth community. Being at Fitger’s has provided the Brewhouse the opportunity to resurrect a regional pre-prohibition legacy brand that had vanished in the 1960’s by brewing award–winning brews under the Fitger’s moniker.

Awards the brewery has won include two medals at the Great American Beer Festival, the largest of its kind in America. The brewery also reaps much local and regional praise, including “Best of the Lake” in Lake Superior Magazine and “Best Beer” in the final issue of the Duluth~Superior Magazine.

A lease of this length is a strong statement about the commitment each party has to continue serving the community of Duluth with a modern-day collection of locally owned shops, an award-winning hotel (The Fitger’s Inn), and a unique mix of historic brewing ambiance juxtaposed with great food and locally produced craft beer.

An expanded lease also opens the way for Fitger’s Brewhouse to invest more heavily in its location, such as an anticipated brewery expansion

“With this lease in our back pockets, Fitger’s Brewhouse is ready to reinvest in our own equipment and facilities within the complex,” said Brewhouse Principle, Tim Nelson. “We can’t think of a better place to showcase the talent of our brewers and support staff than at Fitger’s, the historic brewery on Lake Superior. This is good news for Duluth’s craft brewing scene.”

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