10 Bars for 2020: The Gnome Craft Pub

Paying homage to a craft beer landmark while navigating a shifting industry This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  When The Happy Gnome closed its doors in December 2019, Brian and Sarah Ingram (of Hope Breakfast Bar) weren’t prepared … [ Read more]

FINNEGANS nearing $2 million donation milestone, but brewery finances are at a critical point

Since its inception in 2000, FINNEGANS’ mission statement has been to raise awareness of and combat food insecurity in communities across the Midwest. The company has truly put their money where their mouth is—donating 100 percent of its profits to charity since 2011 in order to line food shelves with locally grown produce. By September … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Sleepy Eye Brewing Company in Sleepy Eye

Now Open (Or Damn Close) is supported by underwriting partner Maltwerks, a Midwest malt house focused on genuine relationships in offering quality, locally produced, traceable malt.  Some may know the town of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota from the tales of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Others take the scenic drive through the forest of trees decorated for the … [ Read more]

Death of a Beer: In a fickle market, brewers grapple with axing the beers that once defined their brands

A great beer with mass appeal is the result of a brewer’s time, effort, and passion, but hard work isn’t what dictates a drink’s success. Whether or not a beer becomes a mainstay for a brewery depends on the consumer’s reaction. If a lot of people love it, then a lot of people drink it—it’s … [ Read more]

4 Midwestern brewing companies outgrow their spaces, expand to new facilities

Four brewing companies in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and eastern North Dakota have outgrown their original spaces and are expanding to new locations—some just in time for the busy summer season, others with plans for completion later this year. In 2018, just one year after opening, Drumconrath Brewing Company in eastern North Dakota upgraded their three-barrel … [ Read more]