Documenting Duluth’s craft beer history

People's Brewery building, 1933 // Photo courtesy of UMD Martin Library Archives

People’s Brewery building, 1933 // Photo courtesy of UMD Martin Library Archives

It’s no secret that Duluth and the Northland have a long and rich history regarding craft beer. And come this March, you can travel back in beer-making time, as a documentary on the topic will debut.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Karen Sunderman, producer of The PlayList at Duluth’s PBS station, is behind the beer documentary project, which “will explore the 1857 beginnings of beer making in Duluth, what breweries did to survive more than a decade of Prohibition, and show connections between the old breweries and the area’s modern breweries.”

Sunderman continued, saying that the early breweries, such as Fitger’s Brewing and Duluth Brewing and Malting, were started by “a whole bunch of entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity, and people who had a passion for beer,” which can also be said about today’s breweries in Northern Minnesota.

Sunderman conducted interviews at the end of December with people who worked at one of the area’s breweries or had connections to a brewery. Check your local TV listings this March to find out when the documentary will air.


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