Superior, Wisconsin’s Thirsty Pagan Brewing has announced plans to move from its current space at 1623 Broadway Street to the Historic Soo Line Railway Station, a 110-year-old building also in Superior that has hosted a wide array of businesses since its construction in 1908.
To date, the Soo Line Railway Station, located one block from the brewpub at 1615 Winter Street, has been home to a candy shop, a garden center, a computer business, and an art gallery. It’s even served as a film set for the 1993 Disney movie “Iron Will.”
Thirsty Pagan owner Steve Knauss, who has owned the company since 2006, purchased the depot two months ago and said he expects to open in the historic railroad building by January, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Capacity will be about the same in the depot as it was in the brewery’s original home, but there are other advantages to the depot’s 7,500-square-foot design that make it uniquely cozy. “Because we have these private spaces for people to meet, we hope the nooks and crannies are filled,” Knauss told the Tribune.
This isn’t the only major change for Thirsty Pagan recently. In late June 2018, the brewpub hired a new head brewer, Kathleen Culhane, to take over the brewhouse operations from the former brewer, Allyson Rolph, who left the company in 2017.
Thirsty Pagan will continue to operate from its current location until the depot space is ready.