First Look: Bad Habit Brewing expands into new taproom

Oh man, what if this doesn’t turn out? What if people don’t come back?” Those were the questions running through Aaron Rieland’s mind in October 2015 as he prepared to open the doors to Bad Habit Brewing in St. Joseph. Now, after three and a half years of unexpected growth and success, he and his … [ Read more]

Still in Stillwater: Lift Bridge secures site for new production brewery and taproom

After nearly a decade of brewing, Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Company has outgrown it’s home. But it didn’t have to travel far to find a site to build an expanded production brewery and taproom. Today the company announced that it has purchased a five-and-a-half-acre property, located less than a quarter-mile north of the current location, … [ Read more]

Lupulin Brewing expands, starts canning

Hundreds of bright green cans clink together as a vibrating stainless steel table funnels them down into a single file line, before the rollercoaster conveyor belt corkscrews them into a canning machine. After a quick rinse, five thin plastic straws plunge into a row of empty cans and purge them with carbon dioxide before the … [ Read more]

Fair State Brewing expanding with new St. Paul production brewery

Ever since the grand opening of Fair State Brewing Cooperative in October of 2014, many people have wondered about the letters STPL on the Northeast Minneapolis brewery’s logo. “People are always asking, ‘Why does it say St. Paul?’ I’ve always said we love to claim both cities because it’s such a vibrant metro, but really … [ Read more]

Beaver Island Brewing building production facility

Just one and a half years after opening their taproom, St. Cloud’s Beaver Island Brewing Co. is looking to break ground on a second facility geared solely toward production. With a tentative timeline to break ground at a new site near St. Cloud Regional Airport and Territory Golf Course, Beaver Island aims to have the … [ Read more]

Ballast Point to build $48 million brewery in Virginia

  Another West Coast brewery is setting its sights east. San Diego–based Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits confirmed plans to build a $48 million East Coast facility in Botetourt County, Virginia, according to a report from Brewbound. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe met with company officials at their headquarters in San Diego during his September 2015 West Coast Marketing Mission. Virginia … [ Read more]

Bemidji Brewing reveals new logo, brews first batch on new brewhouse

Big things are happening at Bemidji Brewing. The brewery, which started as a three-barrel nanobrewery in downtown Bemidji, has expanded into a new building and brewed their first batch on a new 15-barrel brewhouse back on April 13. Beer from the new brewery should be available around Minnesota’s fishing opener on May 14. In conjunction with the … [ Read more]

Deschutes announces Roanoke, Virginia as East Coast brewery locale

Deschutes Brewery has announced their long-awaited decision of where to build East Coast brewery. The Bend, Oregon brewery planned the expansion once their distribution footprint reached the Atlantic states (they currently sell in 28 states and D.C.). After researching hundreds of potential locations, they decided on Roanoke, Virginia. “We started Deschutes Brewery when craft beer wasn’t burgeoning and … [ Read more]

Castle Danger Brewery expands capacity with new fermenters, brite tank

Castle Danger Brewery of Two Harbors, Minnesota, made the most of their Leap Day this year, spending it installing new fermentation and brite tanks in the brewhouse.   The two 60-barrel fermenters and one 120-barrel brite tank bring Castle Danger’s tank totals to 10 60-barrel fermenters, two 60-barrel brites, and two 120-barrel brites—and that means more Castle … [ Read more]

Sweetwater Brewing purchases brewery equipment to build West Coast brewery

With all the West Coast breweries building second facilities on the East Coast, Sweetwater Brewing is flipping the script. The Atlanta-based brewing company purchased the brewing equipment from a recently closed Pyramid Brewing brewery in Berkeley, California, and will use it to open a second production facility on the West Coast by 2017, according to … [ Read more]

Scotland’s BrewDog to Open U.S. Brewery

BrewDog, Scotland’s largest craft brewery, is opening a new facility in Columbus, Ohio, and expanding its distribution in the U.S. The brewery, known for its flagship Punk IPA and high-ABV beers like its 41% Sink the Bismark!, announced it’s building a 100,000 square foot facility on a 42-acre site in Columbus that will house a 100-barrel brewery, canning and bottling line, … [ Read more]

Breckenridge Doubles Capacity, Opens New Restaurant

Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery reaches 35 states and produced 64,000 barrels of beer last year, which puts it at number 50 by sales volume on the Brewers Association’s ranking of U.S. craft breweries. Yet while those numbers are impressive, they put some restraints on Breckenridge’s ability to be creative. Last year the brewery was at max … [ Read more]

Growing Pains: Toppling Goliath Confronts the Challenges of Expansion, Turnover, and Public Perception

Like a milk-chugging eighth grader, Toppling Goliath is on the verge of a summer growth spurt. Since opening in 2009, the small Decorah, Iowa, brewery has lit up the online trade boards with explosively hopped beers, such as its flagship pale ale PseudoSue and a bitter fiend’s dream Intergalactic Warrior. With Goliath’s demand far exceeding … [ Read more]

Brewing Beyond Borders: Barley John’s New Brewery Takes Shape

With “craft beer” becoming a household phrase, it’s not just start-ups enjoying the increased awareness. Summit recently upgraded their facilities, Surly opened their regarded destination brewery, and Lift Bridge continues to expand. Joining in that club of veterans taking their beers to a new level is Barley John’s—albeit in a different fashion. With capacity maximized … [ Read more]

Schell’s Expanding Sour Program, Ground Broken on “Star Keller”

August Schell Brewing Company has broken ground on a new facility that will house 10 cypress lagering tanks and an expanded home for Schell’s’ popular new series of sour beers. Schell’s acquired an abandoned farm on the outskirts of New Ulm and has begun building an additional 12,000 sq ft facility there. “My dad is kind … [ Read more]