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Our Brewers
See who's pouring the goods for our great Duluth day!

Summit

Way back in 1986, before craft brewing was even cool, Summit Brewing Company Founder and President Mark Stutrud set out in St. Paul, Minnesota, to make craft beers inspired by old-world brewing traditions and ingredients. Over 30 years have passed since he first brewed our flagship Summit Extra Pale Ale, and it’s safe to say he freaking nailed it.

Today, Summit Brewing continues to infuse traditional recipes with modern ingredients from around the world, crafting high-quality and consistent craft beer out of respect for the hardworking folks who enjoy our beer.

And because we’re independently owned and operated, we get to make craft beer our way. That means relying on natural carbonation, protecting the foam, and celebrating the true dance between malts, hops, water, and yeast. It means protecting the environment, supporting the community and the arts, being kind to animals, and always having one more beer with our friends and family even if we’re already late for rotary club. It means drinking our beer fresh and cold, because warm storage turns good beer to shit. And it means never settling for “good enough,” always pulling the goalie when we’ve got a chance to win, swinging for the fences, and never, ever forgetting where we come from. Grain country represent.


Castle Danger

We have been brewing dangerously good ales on the North Shore of Lake Superior since 2011. After out-growing our 3-bbl brewhouse in Castle Danger, we opened a new location in downtown Two Harbors in 2014 with a 30-bbl brewing system, canning line, and year-round taproom overlooking Lake Superior. This allowed us to grow from 13 local tap lines to state wide distribution. Three years later, we built a packaging hall that houses all cold-side production, including canning, kegging and an expanded cooler. We also updated our taproom by increasing our tap lines from 10 to 22. Our beer is available throughout Minnesota where you find it at bars and restaurants or at your local liquor store.

Castle Danger beers are all designed with a flavor profile in mind. We may start with a base style, but expand upon it to create something unique. There are hundreds of great beers that are true-to-style available in the beer market. We prefer to use traditional brewing practices to produce unique, flavorful beers. In our minds, this is the only way to approach brewing.


Lagunitas

It was Northern California 1993. Tony Magee started brewing on a stovetop homebrew kit and, after a couple batches, some stray wort had spilled down the back. When Thanksgiving night came, and the wort caught fire and burned the turkey to a crisp, Tony’s wife Carissa kindly asked him to move his new hobby elsewhere.  

He moved into an old storage shed in the town of Forest Knolls, Calif. (next to the town of Lagunitas, which Tony thought had a cool-sounding name…) and he started brewing more and more. The beers ranged from vile and repugnant, to delicate and exceptional. And then came IPA, and he knew he could never go back. Eventually, Tony grew out of that space and moved just down the road to Petaluma, bringing his recipes and the Lagunitas name with him. 

As the brewery grew, the tribe that drank the beer followed, and we expanded our zymurgicological reach into new territories and new beers. 

One morning while driving from his home to the Petaluma brewery, Tony thought about his beer traveling to the other side of the country and realized how to get beer there fresher. The answer was: Chicago. With the help from some new friends in the Windy City, one year later our Pilsen-based production facility opened its doors and started brewing for Chicagoland and everything east of the Rockies. Back on the West, a Seattle brewpub followed soon after, with another in Azusa, Calif. on the way. 

Now, Lagunitas beers are available in 20-ish countries and growing. And whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA and other fine ales, we’ve learned one thing (aside for how to cook a turkey)… Wherever you go: beer speaks, people mumble.


Earth Rider

Fiercely independent Earth Rider Brewery crafts world-class beer with Lake Superior water and peerless ingredients.

Earth Rider’s team is proud to sustainably produce beer for the Twin Ports, and the South and North Shores of Lake Superior. Earth Rider is the first brewery in Superior, Wis. to produce beer for the region since 1967 when Northern Brewing Company ceased operations.

The brewery building was constructed in the late 1880s as a bakery, transformed to a “bakery supply” store during prohibition, and then lasted five generations as a beer wholesaler (Leamon Mercantile).

Earth Rider’s Cedar Lounge taproom sits adjacent to the brewery. The Cedar is a historic Northern Brewing Company tied-house tavern constructed in 1912. Earth Rider is a member of the Bev-Craft network of independent breweries, comprised of a team of decorated brewers and brewing-industry professionals with a mission to keep independent craft brewing robust.


New Belgium

New Belgium Brewing is a nationally distributed brewery recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 in Fort Collins, Colorado, the company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2016 and Denver, Colorado, in 2018, and is now the fourth largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B-Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991.

New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product line-up and New Belgium’s Human powered Business model, visit NewBelgium.com 


Sierra Nevada 

Turns out, good beer can do a lot of good. We shook things up in the ’80s, and it helped launch a beer revolution that’s in full force today. We keep pushing boundaries, whether that’s in the brewhouse, with sustainability, or in the great outdoors.

Ken Grossman started Sierra Nevada with a hand-built brewhouse and the odds stacked against him. In 1980, that patchwork of pipes, pumps and tanks began making beers that forever changed the course of American craft brewing.

As a toddler, he took things apart faster than his mom could keep up—the toaster, the washer, outlet covers. Tinkering turned into inventing, and learning in school didn’t compare to education in a backyard shop. Ken fell for science, though, thanks to the father of a close friend. Visiting their house, Ken always saw and smelled curious bubbling jugs: homebrew.


Bemidji Brewing

Bemidji Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in beautiful downtown Bemidji, MN brewing fresh beer styles at the local level.

Bemidji Brewing is a craft brewery located at 211 America Ave in downtown Bemidji, MN. Visit our Taproom where you can enjoy a pint or sample paddle from our wide spectrum of beers, grab a bite from our food menu, and take a growler or howler of beer to-go. Can't make it to Bemidji? Catch a pint on-tap at our great restaurant and bar partners in the surrounding communities.


Fulton

THE STORY BEHIND THE SUDS

When we founded Fulton in 2009, we were homebrewing out of a South Minneapolis garage and contract brewing at a small Wisconsin brewery. Our dream was to build a real Minneapolis brewery of our own in the next 5-10 years, and quit our day jobs along the way. We never guessed we’d build two Minneapolis breweries in three years. Looks like being wrong can sometimes be awesome.

We started homebrewing 10 gallons at time in a one car garage in South Minneapolis in 2006. We had no intentions of starting a business at that time, but later found out we had accidentally put together a team that might be capable of managing a startup. Jim had the big ideas, Peter built the equipment, Ryan dreamed up recipes and Brian drank the beer. Before long we had to move from Jim’s one car garage to Peter’s two car garage in the Fulton neighborhood. Little did we know, this wouldn’t be our last expansion.


Fair State

COLLECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE.

Our story starts on the rugby pitch, where founder Evan Sallee, Niko Tonks, and Matt Hauck first met while playing for rival teams. The competition turned into friendship and while homebrewing together the idea of founding a brewery started simmering. Then, the notion of a cooperatively owned brewery came to life when the three founders had beers together at Black Star Co-op in Austin.

Our founders believed the operations of craft breweries were opaque and that there was a gap between being a homebrewer and owning a brewery. The founders’ hope was that the co-op model would provide a way for consumers to be more involved in operations while also bringing co-op values to the Minnesota craft beer scene.


Surly

GREAT BEER ABOVE ALL ELSE

SURLY: THE FRUSTRATION WE FELT WHEN WE COULDN'T FIND A GOOD BEER, MUCH LESS A GREAT ONE, IN MINNESOTA. SO WE MADE SOME.

Great beer is all that really matters. Well, that and pushing your limits a bit, looking out for your people, taking pride in where you’re from, and having as much damn fun as you can while doing it.  It's what got us to where we are today. Each day, Surly relentlessly pursues craft beer perfection. Pushing boundaries. Refusing to brew to style. Except when we do.

Surly has been a proudly independent craft brewery for 13 years. We wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Serving eight states and one province.
  • A full roster of year-round beers, including Furious, Hell, Xtra-Citra, and Axe Man.
  • Our seasonal styles, small batches, and brand collaborations continue to innovate.
  • Darkness, our acclaimed Russian Imperial Stout, organically developed its own annual Darkness Day. (For real: Surly fans just showed up at our door the first time we bottled it, and they made a party around it.)

What’s next? It’s in the works. Until then: Don’t Settle. Get Surly.


Indeed

At Indeed Brewing Company, we’re cultivating an artfully eclectic line-up of beers from the heart of Northeast Minneapolis and our new home in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee. 

Indeed’s diverse offerings are anchored by its flagship Day Tripper Pale Ale, driven by new hits like Flavorwave IPA and Mexican Honey Light, and elevated by its Wooden Soul series of wild, sour, and barrel-aged beer. Read more about our beers. 

Well-known as an engaged and community-oriented brewery, the brewery has two lively taprooms at their Northeast Minneapolis location with a third now open in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Indeed’s taprooms are warm, welcoming, and home to Indeed We Can, the company’s employee-driven charitable giving program, which donates 100% of taproom net profits to an employee-sponsored local nonprofit every Wednesday of the year. Read more about our taproom and Indeed We Can. 

Indeed believes innovation isn’t just one thing—it’s a culture created around good people, good beers, and good experiences. Join them in the pursuit of what’s good.


 Bent Paddle

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth, Minnesota. The brewers of Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® use the amazing water of Lake Superior to brew the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible. Lake Superior is 10% of the worlds fresh water and 100% of our beer is made with that water. It is incredibly soft and mimics the water of Pilsen, Czech Republic, the birthplace of Pilseners. Our flagship beers, as well as specialty seasonal offerings, are available in varied keg sizes as well as 12 oz. cans at bars, liquor stores, restaurants and event facilities throughout Minnesota and beyond, as well as by the glass or 64oz. growler to go in our on-site taproom.

It is our goal at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® to produce beers that “Bend the Tradition” of the classic style that they represent. We strive to make drinkable, balanced beers with an edge of inventiveness for all beer lovers to enjoy. The 30-barrel Bent Paddle Brewing Co.® brewhouse and  fermenters were crafted by our friends at Diversified Metal Engineering (DME) out of Prince Edward Island in Canada.


Duluth Cider

Enjoy Duluth's original craft cider at the Duluth Cider taproom and production facility, located in Duluth's Lincoln Park Craft District. You'll find a cider for everyone: sweet, dry, hopped, juice blend varieties and experimental small batches, all made with 100% Minnesota apples. Have an authentic Duluth experience in our taproom! Stop in for a pint, a flight, a tour of our production facilities, and some live music, then take a bottle home with you! Feel free to carry-in or order-in your favorite food, including nearby OMC Smokehouse, Duluth Grill, Corktown Deli and Lee's Pizza. Located conveniently near three of the state's top breweries: Bent Paddle, Lake Superior and Ursa Minor! Experience Duluth's first craft cidery!

Made from 100% fresh-pressed Great Lakes apples. Visit our taproom, a 100-year-old piece of restored Duluth history, for pints, flights, growlers, and live music.


Blacklist Brewing Co.

When we do something, we do it the Superior way. Our refreshing craft beer is brewed only with water collected from one of the cleanest freshwater sources on the planet—Lake Superior. One icy-cold sip of our fresh, full-bodied, foam-topped pours, and you'll taste the Blacklist difference and understand why we've earned numerous prestigious craft beer awards.

Only Blacklist has a little something for everyone: flavorful and full-bodied award-winning beer; handcrafted, Superior-made hard seltzer on tap; axe throwing; light, locally-made snacks; and a secret BLKLST Backroom just for limited-release craft beverage connoisseurs like yourself. 

Where Superior beverages, axe-ceptional fun, and an 'up-north' experience you'll never forget are always right on target.