John Orth: Minneapolis’ OG craft brewer

In 1854, to celebrate the completion of the first railroad connecting the East Coast to the Mississippi River, the owners of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad (CRI&P RW) invited approximately 1,200 distinguished Eastern notables and investors to travel by rail to Rock Island, Illinois, and from there by steamboat to St. Anthony Falls in … [ Read more]

Vine Park is now the first majority Hmong-owned brewery

Touyer Moua grew up in the Twin Cities hearing from the elders in the Hmong community about the fermenting traditions they left behind. “Back in our old country, Laos, our elders… they would brew their own rice wine,” Moua began explaining. “From that perspective, there is history as far as making your own alcoholic drink. … [ Read more]

Minnesota has 73 of the 3,669 Active Permitted Breweries in the U.S.

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Each year The Beer Institute requests active ‘permitted brewery’ data from the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). According to the 2013 data analyzed, the United States now has a record-high 3,699 active ‘permitted breweries’ — 948 of which were new permits last year. It is important to note that permit counts can be different … [ Read more]

Q&A with Joe Swanberg — Director of ‘Drinking Buddies’

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton _ In the film Drinking Buddies Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) work at a Chicago brewery. The two are quite fond of one another, but both are involved in relationships with other respective partners. A complicated and intricate love story ensues. The film is unique in that “there was no … [ Read more]

Ten Key Legal Steps You Need to Take to Start Your Own Brewery

By Gregory B. Perleberg and Jeffrey C. O’Brien, Lommen Abdo Law Firm Editor’s note: This content was sponsored by Lommen Abdo Law Firm. Owning a brewery can be a lifelong dream come true. No more gray cubicles, and the ability to get paid to do something you love: make beer.  Starting a brewery, however, can be a daunting … [ Read more]