Brewing In The North

Minnesota Eat & Drink

January 16, 2017

Christina|Lake Time Magazine

1. Bemidji Brewing

211 America Ave, Bemidji, MN  |  www.bemidjibeer.com

Favorite winter beer: Double Porter

Description of favorite winter beer: This award winning beer returns just in time for the holiday season! Layers upon layers of rich English and German malts come together to form this rich, dark, roasty ale. Notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, and dark fruit all play a part in this celebrated winter warmer! 

What's one thing that you think sets your beer/brewery apart from the others? What do you REALLY want people to know about you?

Bemidji Brewing's founders are not from Bemidji, instead we chose to build a brewery in Bemidji and northern Minnesota because of the vibrancy of the community and folks who make this area their home. Bemidji Brewing creates beer that pairs perfectly with living life surrounded by the woods and water. With our recent expansion we can't wait to send more of our beer out to our neighbors in northern Minnesota!

2. Lake Superior Brewing Co. LLC

2711 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN  |  www.lakesuperiorbrewing.com

Favorite winter beer: Old Man Winter Warmer

Description of favorite winter beer: Powerful flavors of ripe dark fruits, chocolate, smoke with mild peatiness along with vanilla undertones. Alcohol is present (11% abv) but not hot or boozy. Definitely a sipper.

What's one thing that you think sets your beer/brewery apart from the others? What do you REALLY want people to know about you?

Beginning operations in 1994, LSB is one of the pioneer production craft breweries in Minnesota. We primarily make traditionally defined styles of beer from around the world, just thousands of miles fresher. We have basic brewing equipment, some of it being repurposed from other industries. While a fancy automatic system would be great (expensive), our friend John Buhrows (head brewer for Leinenkuegel) says it doesn't make the beer better, just easier. Although our equipment may be basic, our beers are not. LSB has won 14 medals at the World Beer Championships.

3. Jack Pine Brewery

7942 College Rd, Baxter, MN  |  www.jackpinebrewery.com

Favorite winter beer: Big Buck Barleywine

Description of favorite winter beer: Big, bold, and aggressively hopped. This American Barleywine boasts a rich malt complexity balanced with aggressive hop bitterness. The biggest beer we make and it is released once a year around the anniversary for the brewery in January. A great beer to age and cellar as it subdues the hop bitterness and brings out the caramel, toffee, plumb notes.  

What's one thing that you think sets your beer/brewery apart from the others? What do you REALLY want people to know about you? 

While scrappy in nature, the jack pine has a rather unique aspect to its propagation. You see, this tree is a serotinous plant, in that it requires an environmental trigger for the cones to release the seeds. In the case of the jack pine, it releases seeds in the presence of fire. This adaptation means the tree is often one of the first trees to take root after a forest fire.  The jack pine tree is the perfect symbol for our scrappy little brewery, for when we started in 2012 we were the first brewery in the Brainerd Lakes area since prohibition.

4. Voyageur Brewing Company

233 West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN  |  www.voyageurbrewing.com

Favorite winter beer: Otter Slide

Description of favorite winter beer: A smooth tasting Imperial Brown Ale with hints of maple and peanut butter.

What's one thing that you think sets your beer/brewery apart from the others? What do you REALLY want people to know about you?

We care about our customers whether they are drinking our beer in our taproom, in a bar somewhere else, or purchasing a six pack in a liquor store. We want to exceed their expectations by consistently producing awesome tasting beer. We love owning a brewery, employing amazing people, and being able to give back to our community.