Now Open or Damn Close Rounds Up the Latest Players in the Region’s Brewing Scene
by Brian Kaufenberg
Across the St. Croix River from Minnesota lies the quiet town of Hudson, Wisconsin and its second brewery, Pitchfork Brewing Company.
Founded by Jason and Sarah Edwards and Jessie and Mike Fredricksen, Pitchfork Brewing is a perfect reflection of the town it calls home—small, matter-of-fact, family run, and full of the Midwestern do-it-yourself character.
Mike Fredericksen, Pitchfork’s head brewer, began homebrewing 20 years ago and was steadily honing his craft while working in the construction industry. Jason Edwards, who was working on a business plan for a brewery with his wife and Front of House Manager Sarah, approached Fredericksen and in May of 2012 Mike and Jessie Fredericksen joined the Edwards family to begin Pitchfork Brewing.
Operating on a 5-barrel brewhouse, Pitchfork Brewing Company will have a rotating wall of firkins to complement several mainstays like American Gothic IPA, Silo Stout, and Barn Door British Brown Ale—crowd-sourced names that reflect the Midwestern lifestyle of the brewery and the town of Hudson.
The team takes pride in having a waste not, want not attitude: the bar top is made of repurposed cherry wood flooring, the booths are from a former local youth center, and the brewery is outfitted with a water recirculation system. What’s more, Mike grows seven different hops varieties at his home that are used in their brews.
Pitchfork Brewing will be keeping it local to begin with, serving pints to their hometown community directly out of their 40-person taproom and at a few retail locations.
The Brewers: Mike Fredericksen (Head Brewer), Jason Edwards (Assistant Brewer)
The Beers: American Gothic IPA, Silo Stout, Barn Door British Brown Ale, Grain Witch Black IPA, Crooked Teeth British Bitter