Fitger’s Brewhouse owner Rod Raymond told Fox 21 News this week he is handing his company’s beer recipes over to his son, who will establish a separate enterprise to produce the products for distribution statewide. Brewhouse beers sold at Fitger’s Brewhouse and other establishments owned by parent company Just Take Action will continue to be brewed separately at Fitger’s as always.
Beau Raymond’s new entity will be called Bold Brewing and will sell the Duluth Brewhouse brand through the Duluth distribution company Bernick’s to liquor stores and restaurants. Fitger’s Brewhouse has been unable to legally distribute its product or produce more than 3,500 barrels per year because it is considered a brewpub under state law.
Duluth Brewhouse beers are slated to come to market June 1. Apricot Wheat Ale and Superior Trail IPA will be the first available, followed by Starfire Pale Ale, Big Boat Oatmeal Stout and El Niño IPA.
“We’re actually the first brewpub in Minnesota that’s ever distributed their product. So we are kind of treading a new path here,” Beau Raymond told Fox 21. “We’re hoping to restart the conversation to get other excellent brewpubs that make their own beer in house to allow them to distribute as well.”
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