Now Open (Or Damn Close): Little Thistle Brewing Co. in Rochester

Dawn and Steve Finnie aren’t like most people currently opening a brewery. That’s because Little Thistle Brewing Co., soon to open in Rochester, Minnesota, isn’t their first. Following the elation of opening Grand Rounds Brewpub in 2015, Steve, co-owner, managing partner, and head brewer, and his wife Dawn, who lent a hand with the brewpub’s … [ Read more]

Little Thistle Brewery takes root in Rochester

Steve Finnie points out a falcon diving across the Douglas State Trail. We’re standing on a loading dock, one of 22 such docks that ring this 5,200-square-foot building, surveying the dead end of 14th Street NW in a light industrial corridor of Rochester, Minnesota. “A lot of people in Minnesota and around the country are doing the … [ Read more]

Four Daughters Winery made an official sponsor of 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery has been selected for a return trip to the Sundance Film Festival. After pouring their wines at a few private parties during the 2015 festival, the Rochester-area winery has been promoted to an official sponsorship for 2016. Four Daughters will pour their wines at over 50 venues during the ten-day … [ Read more]

Now Open: Forager Brewing Company

If you’re a landowner in southeast Minnesota, you may soon be getting a knock on your door from Austin Jevne. The head brewer at Rochester, Minnesota’s, soon-to-open brewpub, Forager Brewing Company, has a passion for incorporating wild, foraged ingredients in his beer. “I enjoy it because it brings the forest to a bottle,” Jevne says. … [ Read more]

‘Business incubator’ Kutzky Market to serve up art, beer & food in Rochester

What do a brewpub, coffee shop, commercial kitchen, pop-up restaurant, and nine spaces for artists to sell their works have in common? They’ll all be under one roof at the soon-to-open Kutzky Market in Rochester, Minnesota. The market is the brainchild of Annie Henderson, a former teacher and current arts advocate and real estate appraiser. The basic idea … [ Read more]

Rochester, Minnesota’s, Craft Beer Boom

Rochester’s ascendency in medical care with Mayo Clinic began in 1889. 125 years later, the city may become known for something else—craft beer. “I think it’s going to create a better image for Rochester,” says Austin Jevne, head brewer of the soon-to-open Forager Brewing Company. “Most people consider Rochester to be this place you go … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Kinney Creek Brewery

By Drew Kerr Kinney Creek Brewery Photo Courtesy of Kinney Creek Brewery Donovan O. Seitz spent a decade making wine, creating hundreds of bottles before reaching what he describes as the “breaking point.” A trip to the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston put him on a new path. Within a week of returning from his … [ Read more]