8 things every brewery should do to be more conservation-minded

The idea of being more sustainable can be daunting for any brewer when you consider all the heat, water, and ingredients in play, not to mention the potential for waste. But when you get to the core of sustainability, it comes down to maximizing usage, buying smart, and giving back. Here are eight ways any … [ Read more]

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Former Fitger’s Brewhouse head brewer Frank Kaszuba joins Bev-Craft

Superior, Wisconsin-based “craft think tank,” Bev-Craft, has added another member to its team, as they’ve hired Frank Kaszuba as project manager and brewer. From his early years of apprenticeship at Lake Superior Brewing Company, to Anchorage’s Borealis Brewery and Cusack’s Brewpub, to his time as head brewer at Duluth’s iconic Fitger’s Brewhouse, Kaszuba has over 20 … [ Read more]

Former Fitger’s Brewhouse owner and brewer start craft beer think tank

It seemed only a matter of time before former Fitger’s Brewhouse brewer Dave Hoops and former Fitger’s Brewhouse owner Tim Nelson jumped back into the beer industry. Today, the longtime business associates announced the launch of a craft beer think tank called Bev-Craft. The business will serve as an incubator and consulting firm to breweries, using a “four-pronged approach that encompasses development assistance, … [ Read more]

Fitgers and Duluth Pack present Duluth Pack Pale Ale

Duluth Pack and Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery and Grill are once again combining their creative minds and gracing beer lovers with a collaboration beer: Duluth Pack Pale Ale. In 2013, they partnered to create a customized specialty growler pack. Now, they have something to go inside of it. “Having the opportunity to have a brew in reference to Duluth … [ Read more]

Fitger’s Brewhouse releases limited Constellation Series beers

The brewers at Duluth’s Fitger’s Brewhouse are embracing their darker sides in a new series of limited-edition beers. The five Constellation Series beers, which debuted at Winterfest and range from a Czech dark lager to a strong dark sour ale, are each named for a different constellation and fall on the high side of the SRM … [ Read more]

Fitger’s Brewhouse turns 20, releases annual Cherry Batch

Duluth’s iconic brewpub is turning 20 years old this week and is celebrating with the release of its annual Cherry Batch, a red ale with nearly 1,000 pounds of Door County cherries. After 20 years, the brewpub is seeing some major changes with co-founder Tim Nelson selling his stake to business partner Rod Raymond, and with the … [ Read more]

Major ownership, brewer changes at Fitger’s Brewhouse

A lot has changed in the beer world since Tim Nelson and Rod Raymond opened Fitger’s Brewhouse in 1995 as one of only four breweries operating in the state of Minnesota. Today some big changes for the Duluth brewpub were announced. Nelson is selling his interests in the business to Raymond and head brewer Dave Hoops is … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Fitger’s Brewhouse

Photos by Melissa Maki Fitger’s Brewhouse started well before the recent craft-beer boom. This year, the Duluth, Minnesota, mainstay will celebrate its 20-year anniversary. But don’t expect this brewpub to age into complacency: thanks to the leadership of Master Brewer Dave Hoops, their offerings continue to evolve and surprise. The Brewhouse has the feel of … [ Read more]

Homegrown Hempen Ale Returns to Fitger’s Brewhouse

The Homegrown Music Festival is returning to the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., April 26 – May 3 and along with it comes the return of Fitger’s Brewhouse’s “gateway beer,” Homegrown Hempen Ale. Described as a “full-bodied amber ale,” the beer is brewed with ground hemp seeds and carries an ABV of … [ Read more]

The Mill: T-Day Beers, Tryptophania, Christmas Markets and more

The Mill is just about set for Thanksgiving. We’re trying out turkey liver mousse recipes (like Tiny Diner’s, above) and we know which three beers we’re bringing on Thursday. Which local suds will grace your holiday tables? Any other T-Day beer events you’re excited about? Let us know what’s on your radar in The Mill by tweeting … [ Read more]

The Mill: Dabbling, Kielbasas, 99-packs and More

The Mill is back to work, back to school, back to the grind. Now that September is upon us, it’s imperative to squeeze out every last ounce of summer. And what better way to do that than by coming to Midway Stadium this Saturday for the Summer Beer Dabbler? Events: Kramarczuk’s is holding their 5th … [ Read more]

Collab Beers Announced for ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft’

Some of Minnesota’s favorite craft breweries are ready to announce their collaboration beers for the first ever ‘In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft‘ on August 3rd, 2014. There is something special about the craft beer ‘industry.’ Craft breweries seems to foster a different kind of competition. Seemingly less frequent in craft beer are cutthroat rivalries and … [ Read more]

FDA rule that threatens brewer-farmer relationships to be reconsidered

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton   Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) is requesting that the FDA exempts beer and alcohol facilities from the animal feed rule. Spent grain is a natural byproduct of the brewing process. After grains have been used in the mashing process they remain nutritionally viable as feed for dairy and beef cattle. In fact, leftover grains … [ Read more]

Notable Duluth and Superior Brewers Gather for the Craft Beer Roundtable’s “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene”

On April 13th, The Duluth Experience will host the second of four live panel discussions focused on the ever growing north craft beer community. “Crafting the North Shore Beer Scene” will take place in Duluth on the stage of the Teatro Zuccone in the Zeitgeist Arts Building downtown at 1pm. The panel will include a number of well-known … [ Read more]

PRESS RELEASE: Fitger’s Brewhouse Signs 20-Year Lease with Fitger’s on the Lake

PRESS RELEASE Duluth, MN – After 19 years of operation, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Fitger’s on the Lake LLC have cemented their commitment to each other and the community of Duluth by signing a 20-year lease. Both parties are thrilled to be renewing and extending this relationship for a total of 20 more years. “Fitger’s is … [ Read more]