Now Open (Or Damn Close): Wild State Cider in Duluth

Duluth’s local cider scene is continuing to grow this spring with the arrival of Wild State Cider, situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, home to Duluth Cider, Ursa Minor Brewing, and Bent Paddle Brewing Company. Wild State Cider is a collaboration between longtime friends Adam Ruhland and Andrew Price, who first met in 2008 as … [ Read more]

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]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena

After two years of planning, Drastic Measures Brewing in Wadena, Minnesota, will finally enjoy its grand opening on Friday, March 15. Housed in a vintage hardware store on the corner of Jefferson Street and Aldrich Avenue in historic downtown Wadena, about three hours northwest of the Twin Cities, Drastic Measures Brewing is owned by Brett … [ Read more]

Now Open: Pantown Brewing Company in St. Cloud

St. Cloud’s newest brewery aims to bring the city one step closer to becoming a destination for craft beer. Pantown Brewing Company is named after the neighborhood on the northwest end of St. Cloud, which was originally made up of 45 homes built by Samuel Pandolfo to house the employees of the Pan Motor Company, … [ Read more]

Now Open: Under Pressure Brewing Company in Golden Valley

One of Minnesota’s most lauded and detail-driven homebrewers is finally seeing her brewery dreams come to fruition with the opening of Under Pressure Brewing Company in Golden Valley. Lori Ertl, alongside her co-owners and co-brewers John Keenan and Tyler Marchiniak, decided to pursue large-scale brewing because of the way it blends passion, production, and people. “There … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): 3rd Act Craft Brewery in Woodbury

Thanksgiving week 2018 was a historic one for the town of Woodbury, Minnesota. This eastern suburb of St. Paul that nearly 70,000 people call home is finally home to its first brewery. 3rd Act Craft Brewery, the brainchild of Woodbury resident and longtime homebrewer Steve Long and his wife Deb Long, quietly opened its doors … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Stacked Deck Brewing Company in St. Paul

For the founders of Stacked Deck Brewing Company, opening the taproom doors in downtown St. Paul has been a long time coming. Andy Erickson, Brad Randall, Scott Wege, and Ryan Keihn secured the space three years ago, began brewing 12 years ago, and have been in love with St. Paul their whole lives. All of … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Uncommon Loon Brewing Company in Chisago City

When he retired from his engineering career two years ago, Uncommon Loon Brewing Company co-founder Brad Klatt wore a shirt to his party that read, “Of course I have a retirement plan—I’ll be brewing beer.” The homebrewer of 23 years admits he had the shirt there as a joke, but his lifelong friend Mark “Corky” … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Half Pint Brewing Company in Waseca

It doesn’t take long when leaving downtown Waseca to find yourself among farm fields and woodland. But drive just far enough on the dirt road that turns from County Road 10 into 150th Street and you’ll come across a farm unlike any others in the area. A small hopyard stands adjacent to a house atop … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Yoerg Brewing Co. Saloon in St. Paul

Anthony Yoerg started Minnesota’s first commercial brewery in 1849 at a spot near what is now the parking ramp for the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. (A few later accounts place the founding in 1848.) While he was soon surpassed in volume by other brewers, demand was still strong enough to encourage Yoerg Brewing Co. to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Duluth Cider

For enthusiasts of everything craft, Duluth is living up to its name as the Zenith City. Breweries and distilleries are flourishing and have quickly become fixtures of the city’s cultural and nightlife scenes. With all of these great beers and spirits available, it seems only natural to ask: Where’s the cider? Duluth will soon be able to point to the … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): The Nordic Brewing Company in Monticello

A new adventure with every beer and every visit: such is the quest of Monticello, Minnesota’s newest brewery, The Nordic Brewing Company. Nordic opened less than a year after fellow Monticello brewery Rustech Brewing and is guided by its owners’ passion for beer, community, and fantasy—something owners/founders Zach Barthel, Matt Belz, and Laura Belz hopes resonates with … [ Read more]

Now Open (or Damn Close): LocAle Brewing Company in Mankato

Jim and Lauren Parejko want LocAle Brewing Company to be infused with all-things Minnesota—Blue Earth County in particular. The logo for their Mankato brewery features a hop-shaped bison (a nod to nearby Minneopa State Park, where herds of the giant mammals are free to roam 331 acres), and they try to use at least one … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): La Doña Cervecería

Minnesota craft beer with a Latin influence.” This is the main point that Sergio Manancero arrives at as we discuss the genesis of La Doña Cervecería, the latest taproom to open its doors in Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood. The fusion of Manancero’s heritage and Minnesota’s craft beer scene extends beyond the beer filling the glasses at … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Copper Crow Distillery in Bayfield, Wisc.

Lake Superior’s South Shore is one of the world’s most legitimately spellbinding places. Add the character of a mighty, ever-changing body of fresh water to a series of tightly knit, remarkably welcoming little communities, and you’ve got a spot that invites visitors to return again and again. For Copper Crow Distillery owners Curt and Linda … [ Read more]