Although 2018 is winding down, the end of the year has come with a flurry of Minnesota brewery news, including a number of openings, a closing in November, and a slate of planned December openings.
But it appears we’ll see at least one more Minnesota brewery closing its doors before the calendar turns over to 2019, bringing the year’s total number of brewery closings to six.
The owners of Nisswa’s Gull Dam Brewing announced on Monday their plans to retire and close the brewery and taproom effective January 1.
Former Minnesota State Representative Mark Anderson and his wife Barb Anderson opened Gull Dam in October 2014, as the second brewery in the Brainerd Lakes region behind Jack Pine Brewery. Since then, several other breweries have opened in the area, which draws large numbers of tourists during the summer months, including Roundhouse Brewing in Brainerd, Big Axe Brewing in Nisswa, Cuyuna Brewing in Crosby, and 14 Lakes Craft Brewery in Crosslake.
“This was a fun venture, our beer is world class and Mark and I have met so many wonderful people at the brewery,” Barb Anderson said in the statement.
On Saturday, December 29, the Anderson’s are planning a retirement party in the Gull Dam Taproom featuring The Lamont Cranston Band, the same band that played when the brewery opened. “It’s the perfect ending,” said Mark.
The last day of operations at the taproom will be on December 31. But the building may open as Gull Dam again in the future, as the Andersons are looking to sell the business and brand name.
Update [11:30am, December 4, 2018]: Gull Dam co-owner Mark Anderson stated that they have several parties interested in buying the brewery and the brand name, so the brewery may reopen and continue as Gull Dam Brewing in the future pending a finalized sale.