Straight from the Source: Montgomery Brewing Company

Czechs moved into the Upper Midwest in force in the late 19th century. In Minnesota, these European émigrés created settlements in places like New Prague, Veseli, and Montgomery, bringing with them the secrets of baking kolacky and brewing lager beer. Matthias Chalupsky started the first brewery in Montgomery in 1882, though it was the Handschuh … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Gun Flint Tavern

It’s a hot July day in Grand Marais, Minnesota, made even hotter by an uncharacteristic stillness in the air. The usually dependable breeze off Lake Superior is absent, causing the blue water in the harbor to lay as flat as the signature skizzles from World’s Best Donuts. Wisconsin Street, on the other hand, is buzzing … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Brewery Vivant

Photos by Steph Harding Belgian tradition. Local mission. Brewery Vivant’s philosophy is clear the moment you walk up to its doors. Located in an old funeral home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the pub gives off a monastic vibe: diffused light, lots of wood, stained-glass windows, beer-hall tables for shared seating. This sense of community, coupled … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Behind the shopping center and suburban sub-development in Waconia, Minnesota, Airport Road changes from asphalt to gravel and offers a reminder of how steeped in agriculture Carver County was even a generation ago. Amidst the farmland is a patch of land on the north shore of Reitz Lake. The southern-facing slope is ideal for growing … [ 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]

Straight from the Source: Eastlake Craft Brewery

Photos by Aaron Davidson On a crisp Saturday afternoon in early spring, with burgers in the fridge and the grill awakening from its winter hibernation, all was nearly right with the world—I just needed something to drink. Heading out into the afternoon sun with empty growler in-hand, I set a course for Eastlake Craft Brewery, … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Great Waters Brewing

Photos by Aaron Davidson With all the well-deserved excitement about Minnesota’s new breweries, it is easy to get caught up in the latest opening or the newest exotic style. However, it’s always worth revisiting the veterans of the local scene. It seems any brewery that has been around for more than three years is a … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Sisyphus Brewing

Photos by Doug Hoverson The architecturally-minded drinker might think there was something a bit unusual about both the taproom and the brewhouse at Sisyphus Brewing in the Loring Park neighborhood. It’s not the exposed brick, or the large windows—these are common enough in taprooms located in historic structures. The exposed rafters look normal, but wait! … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: On the Road in Delaware

Even a column intended to celebrate beers of the Midwest region only available at the brewery has to go on vacation occasionally. So when looking for a seminar to advance my scholarship for the day job, I found one in Lewes, Delaware. The name sounded familiar and, sure enough, it was right down the road … [ Read more]

Straight From The Source: Bang Brewing

Straight From the Source samples some four-letter beers at Bang’s St. Paul location. by Doug Hoverson Bang Brewing Company’s cylindrical metal brewhouse stands out from the rectangular warehouses that dominate its neighborhood. While the facility of Bang Brewing Co. has been referred to as “grain-bin style,” it actually is a 30,000-bushel grain bin, purchased in … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: LTD Brewing Co.

By Doug Hoverson Blake Verdon and Jeremy “Jem” Hale met in their science classes at the University of Minnesota and quickly became obsessed with brewing. Like many other homebrewers, they dreamed of going pro, but their science training kept them on a systematic path. They found the brewing system they wanted more than two years … [ Read more]

Rye Pale Ale at the Herkimer in Minneapolis

Straight from the Source visits a Minneapolis institution. By Doug Hoverson Photo courtesy of The Herkimer It’s been a successful neighborhood bar—and a popular Packer bar during football games. Minnesota’s fifth-oldest brewpub has developed along the lines founder Blake Richardson set back in 1999. However, one part of the founding vision may have kept The … [ Read more]