Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Guide

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Guide

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Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota has a long, diverse history in the brewing industry. At one time, it boasted over 100 small breweries that serviced their local communities. Although the numbers have dwindled, a number of craft breweries have sprung up once again serving fresh, locally produced beer. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild was founded in 2000 to promote Minnesota breweries, create an open line of communication between brewers, and showcase local craft beer at our events throughout the year.

In our opinion, the best beer is the freshest beer you can buy, and locally produced beer will always be freshest.
The Guild promotes Minnesota’s brewing industry by sponsoring festivals and special events that showcase the talent of our brewers.
We strive to educate the public that consuming beer is a pleasure that should be enjoyed in moderation.
Finally, it is our mission to ensure that our rich brewing tradition will be carried on for future generations to enjoy.
Whether you are a native Minnesotan, a new Minnesotan, or are simply enjoying everything our beautiful state has to offer, we invite you to stop by one of our craft-breweries and enjoy a fresh pint of locally produced beer.

1. 612BREW

612BREW

945 Broadway Street Northeast Minneapolis, MN, 55413

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In the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts and Brewery District, 612Brew calls Central and Broadway home. 612Brew produces small-batch beers to satisfy both the weekend beer drinker and the craft beer drinker with a discerning palate. Enjoy the local brewing culture while sipping a pint in our taproom, then look upon our mirror-polished tanks or sit in the courtyard amphitheater and rain garden. Come on, Minnesota. I'm Thirsty Already.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Wednesday: 4 - 10 pm , Thursday: 4 - 10 pm, Friday: 2:30 - Midnight, Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Tours: Yes Check the 612Brew website. Tours are every other Saturday.
Growlers: Yes Growler sales are available during tap room hours.
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer: Adam Schill
Brewers: Robert Kasak

612brew.com
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2. AUGUST SCHELL BREWING

AUGUST SCHELL BREWING

800-1198 Schell's Road New Ulm, MN, 56073

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The August Schell Brewing Company remains the second oldest family-owned and managed brewery in the United States. All of the stockholders and board members are direct descendents of August Schell (or spouses of them). Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the brewery and its grounds are open to the public and visited by thousands each year.

There’s an old saying “Never trust a brewery under 150 years old.” Okay, it’s our old saying, but it’s true, nonetheless. Schell’s is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the country. While breweries and beer trends have come and gone, we’ve been right here, tirelessly brewing fine lagers and ales for the people who appreciate them. Visit our brewery grounds and you’ll see deer, roaming peacocks, gnomes, not to mention barrel after barrel of the finest beers imaginable. That’s just who we are, as it has been for over a century.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Gift Shop: Open daily 11am – 5pm
Tours: Yes September - May Friday 3:00 pm Saturday: Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 Sunday (Sept. - Dec.): 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 Sunday (Jan. - May): 1:00 • Summer Schedule Tours run daily Memorial Day through Labor Day Monday through Friday: 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 Saturday: Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 Sunday: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00
Growlers: No
Brewmaster: Jeremy Kral
Head Brewer: David Berg
Brewers: David Gravely, Jason Miller


www.schellsbrewery.com
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3. BAD WEATHER BREWING CO.

BAD WEATHER BREWING CO.

6020 Culligan Way Minnetonka, MN, 55345

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Created out of a love for great unique seasonal beers and a hearty grumble about the weather here in Minnesota, Bad Weather focuses on quality and seasonal variety, not strict style guidelines.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Check website.
Tours: Yes
Growlers: No
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer:
Brewers:


www.badweatherbrewery.com
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4. BADGER HILL BREWING CO.

BADGER HILL BREWING CO.

6020 Culligan Way Minnetonka, MN, 55345

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Family owned and locally brewed and bottled in Minnetonka, Badger Hill focuses on creating well balanced ales while staying true to the brew... mostly.

Two brothers united by a hankering for travel and craft beer. In their blood: A melting pot of European heritage. Their passion: The singular love of beer. Add one more family beer fanatic and some fine-tuned recipes. Their mission: Sharing what topped our taste-o-meters.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Check website.
Tours: Yes Check website.
Growlers: No
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer:
Brewers:


www.badgerhillbrewing.com
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5. BARLEY JOHN'S BREW PUB

BARLEY JOHN'S BREW PUB

781 Old Highway 8 Southwest New Brighton, MN, 55112

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Barley John's Brew Pub is a Brewer owned and operated Brew Pub just north of Minneapolis, MN. We specialize in crafting both beer and food with flavor, creativity and integrity. We offer nightly dinner specials, a rotating seasonal beer selection, and a seasonal patio to compliment our traditional and not so traditional pub offerings. Our small size allows us to concentrate on quality not quantity - after all, it's not the size of the brewhouse that matters - it's how you use it!

Production Model: Brew Pub
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 1am | CLOSED SUNDAYS
Tours: No
Growlers: Yes
Brewmaster: John Moore
Head Brewer: Brian Lonberg
Brewers:


www.barleyjohns.com
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6. BEMIDJI BREWING CO.

BEMIDJI BREWING CO.

300-398 Irvine Avenue Northwest Bemidji, MN, 56601

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Bemidji Brewing Company is a small craft brewery operating out of a commercial kitchen space within Harmony Natural Foods Co-op in downtown Bemidji. Our small brewery turns out fresh beer styles at a local level. We invite you to visit us online at facebook.com/bemidjibeer and share your thoughts and insights as we grow our brewery!

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: n/a
Tours: No
Growlers: Yes
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer: Tom Hill
Brewers:

bemidjibeer.com
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7. BENT BREWSTILLERY

BENT BREWSTILLERY

1720 Terrace Drive Roseville, MN, 55113

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Bent Brewstillery brings the best of two worlds together. Great craft beer and unique, beer-inspired craft spirits in small batches. If you’re looking for brutal barley beverages, its got ‘em.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Not open to the public
Tours: No
Growlers: Yes
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer:
Brewers:


www.bentbrewstillery.com
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8. BENT PADDLE BREWING CO.

BENT PADDLE BREWING CO.

1932 West Michigan Street Duluth, MN, 55806

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and public taproom located in Duluth, Minnesota. We use the amazing water of Lake Superior along with the talent of our brewers to make some of the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible. Our flagship beers, as well as specialty seasonal offerings, are available in varied keg sizes as well as 12 oz. cans to the retail market. Our beer is also available via growler fill and by the glass in our taproom, the Bent Tap. Look for us at bars, liquor stores, event facilities, and restaurants throughout Minnesota and beyond – and come visit us in Duluth for a tour and a taste!

It is our mission at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® to brew craft beer with a concentration on sustainability for our business, employees, the environment and the greater community - all while “Bending the Traditions” that we encounter, for a more unique and interesting craft beer experience.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Taproom Open to the Public- Check Website for Current Information
Tours: Yes Check Website for Current Information
Growlers: Yes
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer:
Brewers: Bryon Tonnis & Colin Mullen


www.bentpaddlebrewing.com
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9. BIG WOOD BREWERY

BIG WOOD BREWERY

11400-11402 North 4th Street Minnetonka, MN, 55343

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At Big Wood Brewery, the definition of beer is FUN. We don’t take ourselves too seriously (hey, we’re Minnesotans!). But even while we’re having a good time, we're working hard to brew the best, most flavorful beers possible. Ben Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” All of us at Big Wood Brewery agree with old Ben, so we want to make your beer experience a jovial one. So join us in a glass, a four-pack or a keg of a signature brew from Big Wood Brewery™. And here’s to a great day! Cheers!

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Not open to the public.
Tours: No
Growlers: No
Brewmaster: Ty McBee
Head Brewer:
Brewers:


www.bigwoodbrewery.com
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10. BOOM ISLAND BREWING

2014 Washington Ave N

2014 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411, USA

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Boom Island Brewing Company opened fall 2011 on the shores of the Mississippi, a hops throw away from of our namesake island. Inspired by traditional Belgian recipes and brewing techniques, our beers are handcrafted using pure Minnesota water and the freshest, natural ingredients, including homegrown hops and unique yeasts acquired from Belgian breweries. Brewmaster Kevin Welch has won numerous awards for his creations, including our flagship beers. Boom Island is currently producing four distinctive beers: Thoprock India Pale Ale, Silvius Pale Ale, Hoodoo Dubbel, Brimstone Tripel

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Wed-Fri 4-9 p.m., Sat 1-9 p.m.
Tours: No
Growlers: No Coming Soon!
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer:
Brewers: W. Kevin Welch; Hu Yong Shou
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11. BRAU BROTHERS BREWING

BRAU BROTHERS BREWING

444 1st Street Lucan, MN, 56255

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Formed in the spring of 2006, Brau Brothers Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing quality all-malt craft beers exclusively for the regional market of southwest Minnesota. The brewery is located in the town of Lucan Minnesota, miles from anywhere. Our rural location gives us the opportunity to stay close to our customers, an advantage we truly appreciate. At Brau Brothers, we brew our beer in tiny batches which allow us to give each barrel meticulous attention of detail. If your local establishment does not carry Brau ales and lagers, ask for it! Feel free to contact us with questions, comments, and opinions.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Not open to the Public except by scheduled tour
Tours: Yes
Growlers: No
Brewmaster:
Head Brewer:
Brewers: Dustin Brau


www.braubeer.com
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12. CASTLE DANGER BREWERY

E Castle Danger Rd

East Castle Danger Road Two Harbors, MN, 55616

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Castle Danger Brewery is a small 3-barrell production brewery located in Castle Danger, Minnesota, 12 miles northeast of Two Harbors off of Highway 61 at Castle Haven Cabins resort. Clint & Jamie MacFarlane started the brewery journey in March 2010. Clint brewed his first 3-barrell batch of beer on March 1, 2011. His love of homebrewing finally turned into a dream-come-true. He is brewing beer that he loves and knows others will enjoy, too.

We typically brew 12 beers each year. Danger Ale is available year-round, along with a wide variety of seasonal brews that change every few months. When it's gone, it's gone till next year! Our seasonals consist of Gale Force Wheat, Castle Cream Ale, London Crossing IPA series, Nestor Grade Amber Ale, George Hunter Stout, Maple Marzen Bock, Nordic, and Gaelic.

Production Model: Production Brewery
Hours: Friday 4-7pm & Saturday 3-7pm
Tours: Yes
Growlers: Yes Friday 4-7pm & Saturday 3-7pm
Brewmaster: Clint MacFarlane
Head Brewer: Mason Williams
Brewers:


www.castledangerbrewery.com
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