Beer and Breweries Posts

Anyone remember the Tap Room at Fitger’s?

Before the Rex Bar existed, Fitger’s had the Tap Room. It was a party room that you rented out for 10 dollars and got unlimited beer and kegs. I’m doing an article on the history of the Rex and if anyone went to the Tap Room when it was called the Tap Room, you should let me know your memories!

What Canal Park Brewing Company will look like

Following up on a post from July 2010:

The Canal Park Brewing Co. has the beginnings of a website now, it is expected to open this summer, construction is underway and Wagner Zaun Architecture’s designs look like this:

Duluth Beer Tour 2011

So, how many different beers are produced in Duluth and commercially available at this moment? Could you drink a pint of each in one day and not require a stomach pump?

As of last week, Dubh Linn Irish Pub had three beers on tap:
Double Hop IPA
Péche Radle
Maple Ale

Carmody Irish Pub usually has about four or five beers on tap.

Lake Superior Brewing Co. has:
Special Ale
Kayak Kolsch
Mesabi Red
Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout
Windward Wheat (early-summer seasonal, probably in short supply)

Fitger’s Brewhouse has:
Finn’s Finest #9
Dread Pirate Dunkelweizen
Lake Erie
Apricot Wheat
Timmy’s Edlestoff
Starfire Pale Ale
Brewhouse Brown
Wildfire Lager
El Nino Double Hopped IPA
Big Boat Oatmeal Stout
Lighthouse Golden

Burrito Union also has Apricot Wheat and Lighthouse Golden, in addition to:
Blue Label Grand Reserve
Six Finger Hefeweizen
Tugboat Irish Stout
Chester Creek Pale Ale
Superior Trail IPA

Plus there’s Dubrue beer floating around, as well.

So that makes something like 30 Duluth beers out there to try!

And there are six beers from Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors at certain Duluth locations, I think, along with four beers from South Shore Brewery in Ashland making the rounds (maybe only two of them are at Duluth bars).

And finally, you can’t buy it in Duluth, but Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior has about eight brews on tap.

I guess what this means is that it’s a good time to quit drinking.

The Minnesota Pint Law – HF 703

Fiteger BrewhouseToday the House Commerce committee endorsed HF 703 (aka The Minnesota Pint Law …or Surly bill, if you prefer), the bill allowing Minnesota breweries to sell pints of their own beer. There is still a ways to go before it becomes law, but the bill will continue through the legislative process. Surly Brewing says, “Thanks to the committee members for their support, and also to all of you for getting behind this bill and moving it forward.”

More Info Here:

Official word on Duluth hash run!

Hey all! Official hash run on Easter Sunday, April 24, up at Spirit Mountain chalet. Meet @11 and bring $5 bucks for beer/food — 21+ please. Check out our Facebook page and email Karen (me) if you have any questions — kdillehay @

Duluth Hash House Harriers

I’m looking to see if we have an established HHH group in Duluth? If not we should it started up!

Cheapest Tap Beer in Duluth

I’m a poor college kid, where can I go to get the cheapest tap beer in town and on what nights? Overall, what is the cheapest bar that still has a fun, non-sketchy crowd?

Hey brewers of the Midwest, we like what you are doing. Keep up the good work.

Surly Abrasive Ale
Double Oat IPA
8.8 percent alcohol by volume
On tap at Beaner’s Central and maybe other places

Bell’s Hopslam Ale
American Double/Imperial I.P.A.
10 percent alcohol by volume
Available in bottles at Beaner’s Central,  Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and maybe other places

And congratulations to the amazing Dave Hoops and the folks at Fitger’s Brewhouse. Their Bourbon Barrel Edmund Imperial Stout took first place in the Strong Porter/Stout category at the eighth annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer in Chicago in November.

What are you drinkin’?

Northern Brewing Company in Superior

Northern Brewing Co

I work at what was the old Northern Brewing Company building in Superior, now Balcum Appliance, Inc. Some people stop in and tell me stories about when it was the brewery. I was just doing some research about the building and not much comes up. I was just curious if anyone had a little knowledge about the Northern Brewing Company or stories to share regarding it. I would really love to see pictures of it also. I hear that there was another section of the building which has been torn down. Any information is greatly appreciated.

3rd Annual Chester Bowl Wine/Beer/Pizza Tasting & Silent Auction

The 3rd Annual Chester Bowl Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 from 6pm to 9pm at the Midi Restaurant in Fitger’s Brewery Complex.

Third Annual Chester Bowl Wine, Beer & Pizza Tasting

Saturday, Nov. 6, from 6-9 pm, Midi @ Fitger’s

Help keep the youth programs going at Chester Bowl while sampling top-notch pizza, wine and beer. Tickets at Fitger’s Wine Cellars. Info @ 733-0792.

Yet another reason to drink beer

From a June 1915 Fitger’s newspaper ad.

Lake Superior Brewing on Facebook

LSB Rejected Advertising

There for the liking at

More reason for beer

How do we get ahold of this agent?

Ad from a local newspaper, June 1910.

Brewing beer in Duluth and Superior

Topic #1: According to a story from the Associated Press, a Minnesota House panel will consider a bill today that would make it legal to brew beer in basements. The story specifically references home brewers. Personally, I have brewed beer in at least two different Minnesota basements, and I had no idea it was illegal to do so.

Reading what I think is the overview of the bill, however, it seems to have nothing to do with home brewing. It’s about producing “beer or other beverages for commercial sale.” Am I missing something?

Topic #2: The local micro brewing industry sure seems to be taking off. In addition to Lake Superior Brewing Co., Fitger’s Brewhouse and Thirsty Pagan Brewing, Carmody Irish Pub began brewing beer recently and a brewpub is in the works at Clyde Park. Further into the future, another brewpub could be popping up in Canal Park at the old Duluth Spring Co. location. I wonder how the total gallons produced in the area will compare to 50 years ago.