Now Open (or Damn Close): New Breweries in Minnesota and Beyond

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Each issue we take a look at a few new breweries on the craft beer scene. In issue 14 we take a closer look at Drekker Brewing (Fargo, ND), Oliphant Brewing (Somerset, WI), and LynLake Brewery (Minneapolis, MN).

Drekker

Clockwise: Mark, Mason, Jesse, and Darin

Clockwise: Mark, Mason, Jesse, and Darin

In 1974, Robert Asp of Moorhead, Minnesota, had a dream to build a full-scale replica of the Gokstad Viking ship and sail his ship across the Atlantic Ocean to Norway. Asp passed away before he could sail his completed ship, The Hjemkomst (“Homecoming” in Norwegian), but in 1982 Asp’s four children and eight friends completed the journey and fulfilled his dream. The feat captivated the nation and continues to be a point of pride for the Norwegian-American community in the Fargo-Moorhead area. [Read more…]

Oliphant

Matt Wallace and Trevor Wirtanen of Oliphant Brewing

Matt Wallace and Trevor Wirtanen of Oliphant Brewing

“Let unreason reign.” This short edict is the very heart of Oliphant Brewing, a new Wisconsin-based brewery started by two friends, Trevor Wirtanen and Matt Wallace. Page through some of the strange, absurdist writings on the website for proof. [Read more…]

LynLake

LynLake Brewery is damn close to opening

LynLake Brewery is damn close to opening

The marquee above the Lyndale Theater building has displayed a hopeful message for the past months written in weathered black and white letters: “Coming ‘soon’ LynLake Brewery!” Now, after months of construction the long vacant theater will open its doors as one of Minneapolis’ newest microbreweries. [Read more…]

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