Now Open (Or Damn Close): Ashby Brewing Company

Locals in quaint Ashby, Minnesota, population 436, have long congregated at their restaurant, bar, and American Legion hall over pints of beer. With the October opening of Ashby Brewing Company, this small town has something a lot more exciting to sip on than light lager. Justin Flatgard, co-owner and head brewer of the newly open … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill

The history of Minnesota’s Iron Range is filled with rapid expansions and contractions—the booms and busts—of a mining industry that transformed Minnesota’s Arrowhead region from an inhospitable wilderness to the country’s largest producing region of iron ore. Erik and Jessica Leitz, who will open BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill in downtown Hibbing at the turn … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Hop & Barrel Brewing Company in Hudson

When Justin Terbeest and Brian Priefer, ordered the equipment for their new brewery in Hudson, Wisconsin, brewing wasn’t even allowed in downtown. Terbeest and Priefer, co-founders of Hop & Barrel Brewing Company opening on December 16, spent the early months of 2017 attending planning commission and city council meetings to change the law, and by August 1 they … [ Read more]

Now Open: Ward House Brewery in Waseca

When John Mansfield—head brewer and owner of Ward House Brewery, opened in Waseca on November 17—had the idea to really pursue opening his own brewery, he was taking time off work to homeschool with his six-year-old son. After years of running his own construction business and helping raising his six children, homeschooling offered Mansfield the chance … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Klockow Brewing

The Klockow surname may not have been Andy and Tasha’s first choice for naming their brewery, but given the support and help provided by their family, it’s a good fit. With the construction phase behind them, Klockow Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s first microbrewery, is set to open on October 28. When Andy and Tasha … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Giesenbräu Bier Co.

Erin “Mutha Franklin” Hutton fell in love with biergartens while studying in Bavaria. He also fell in love there with a girl from New Prague named Anna Giesen. This is where Giesenbräu Bier Co.’s story begins. Hutton’s interest in dialects brought him to Germany, where he studied “Niederbayerisch” (Lower Bavarian). However, as graduate school drew to a close, … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Earth Rider Brewing

When the initial truckload of beer departs from Earth Rider Brewing this fall, it will be the first beer exported from within Superior, Wisconsin, since Northern Brewing Co. stopped brewing beer in 1966. Given its unique name, location, and the assemblage of elite local brewing talent under its roof, Earth Rider is a concept that couldn’t … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Back Channel Brewing

When a brewery has nearly 4,000 Facebook likes prior to ever opening its doors to the public, it catches your attention. With taprooms on the eastern and southern shores of Lake Minnetonka, a feverous group of locals have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Back Channel Brewing, which held its soft opening on September 22–24 … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Chapel Brewing

Chapel Brewing’s theme can be described as one of transformation. Built in 1880 as a village hall and jail, the historic building in Dundas, Minnesota, was bought by J.P. Hummel in 1882 and converted into a church. “That’s why we think Chapel is a pretty apt summary of that history,” says head brewer and co-owner Andrew … [ Read more]

Now Open: Shakopee Brewhall in downtown Shakopee

In the fall of 2010, Ryan Lindquist and Damon Schuler toured Lift Bridge Brewing with their wives. During their tour, the pair looked around and thought, “We should totally do this.” Though neither of them had brewed a batch of beer in his life, the pair decided to dive head first into what would become … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Starry Eyed Brewing Company

Starry Eyed Brewing Company’s logo features the striking black outline of an eye with sharp lashes jetting upward and away. Three stars reflect from the iris. For co-owner Thomas Goebel Jr., it’s more than just the logo of his brewery in Little Falls, Minnesota. The eye is designed after a photo of his late wife … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 12welve Eyes Brewing

Three friends, three pairs of thick-rimmed glasses, and one pipe dream. Elliot Grosse, Dalton Buchta, and Karl Eicher have been friends since they were waiting at their suburban St. Paul bus stop. A decade later, the men were still goofing around together, though they’d moved from the playground to a homebrew system. Beer eventually transformed the … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Three Twenty Brewing Company

By family and for family, Three Twenty Brewing Company is reviving a long-forgotten brewing tradition and revitalizing a historic building in Pine City. The ultimate goal? Community unity. And great beer, of course. Co-founders Nick and Cassandra Olson always dreamt of opening a brewery. But with two young children and two full-time jobs, it was … [ Read more]

Now Open: Union 32 Craft House

Dan Redpath once sold jet fuel for a living. But, just a month before his 50th birthday, he made a serious career change. “Now I sell a different kind of fuel!” he laughs. After 13 years of homebrewing and building a passion for craft beer, he is now the proud managing partner of Eagan’s newest … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): The Dampfwerk Distillery Company

Dampf-werk. Say it. It’s fun. And if you’re curious, that’s “steam works” in German. It’s also the name of a new distillery nestled behind a garage door in St. Louis Park. The Dampfwerk Distillery Company is owned and operated by the Loeffelholz family and—just like its owners—has a bit of dual citizenship. On the one … [ Read more]