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Charatible Bike Rides & Some Fun Beer Posts

May 11th, 2010 beckel

Tiz the season for bike riding and as June approaches it is the time for me to heckle people for money, for a good cause of course. I don’t tend to enjoy asking people for money but these two charities are certainly worth your investment. Every year I participate in the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association and the MS150 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Tour de Cure locally is a 62 mile ride around the Twin Cities and nationally raised almost $17 Million last year to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The MS150 is a two day, 150 mile ride from Proctor to White Bear Lake, Minnesota that has a goal of raising $2 Million locally this year to help cure Multiple Sclerosis and help support those suffering from MS. Both are wonderful rides that are very well supported with local variants in many cities. If you are interested in cycling and have a passion for any of these causes I would highly recommend you see what they are doing in your community as not only will you be able to help others but also have a lot of fun yourself. If you are able I would greatly appreciate of your support in our fund raising efforts. To donate to my team(s) please check my Donations page and follow the links there. Many thanks!

Back to the beer. Here are a few recent local posts that I have enjoyed. First from the Heavy Table and local author of  Land of Amber Waters; Doug Hoverson’s Let’s grab a beer chart. A handy and humorous guide to help you get what you really want to drink in times of distress.


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Less humorous but equally interesting was this recent post from Twin Cities Buisness Magazine complete with various statistics including barrel production and number of employees from almost all of the local breweries and brewpubs in Minnesota; in fact even some I didn’t realize existed. See the link above for original posting. I have copied the post in it’s entirety below in case they decide to break the link.

Ranked by barrels produced in Minnesota | List information taken from the 2009-2010 Business Information Guide
Source: Company representatives and Web sites. If you were not contacted for this list but would like to be in the future, please contact research@tcbmag.com.
*See note at bottom of list.

Rank

Company

Barrels produced in Minnesota in 2008

Top local executive

Employees in
MN / worldwide

Most popular products

1

Cold Spring Brewing Company

219 North Red River Avenue
Cold Spring, MN 56320
320-685-8686 | coldspringbrewingco.com

150,000

Maurice Bryan

160 / 211

Stite, Gluek, Northern, Cold Spring Crafts, Hard Lemonade

2

August Schell Brewing Company

1860 Schell Road
New Ulm, MN 56073
507-354-5528 | schellsbrewery.com

92,000

Ted Marti

46 / 46

Grain Belt Premium, Grain Belt Premium Light, Schell’s Firebrick, Schell’s Octoberfest, Schell’s Dark

3

Summit Brewing Company

910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-265-7800 | summitbrewing.com

82,371

Mark Stutrud

49 / Not provided

Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Pilsener, Summit Winter Ale, Summit Maibock, Summit Oktoberfest

4

Surly Brewing Company

4811 Dusharme Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
763-535-3330 | surlybrewing.com

4,637

Omar Ansari

8 / 8

Furious, Bender, Cynic

5

Finnegans, Inc.

619 South 10th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-501-7707 | finnegans.org

4,300

Jacquie Berglund

1 / Not provided

Finnegans Irish Amber

6

Granite City Food & Brewery, Ltd.

5402 Parkdale Drive, Suite 101
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-215-0660 | gcfb.net

3,893

Steven Wagenheim

575 / 2,956

Northern Light Lager, Brother Benedicts Bock, Duke of Wellington IPA, Oktoberfest, Belgian Wit

7

Blue Diamond Brewing Company

25 Dale Street North, Suite 112
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-221-0899 | bluediamondbrewingco.com

3,600

Frank Yarusso

1 / 5

Brewer’s Cave Golden Caramel Lager, Blue Diamond Lager, Blue Diamond Light, Riverside Light (private label)

8

Fitger’s Brewhouse

600 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-726-1392 | brewhouse.net

2,500

Tim Nelson

130 / 130

Starfire Pale Ale, Lighthouse Golden Ale, Park Point Pilsner, Witch Tree Extra Special Bitter, Big Boat Oatmeal Stout, Apricot Wheat

9

Lake Superior Brewing Company, LLC

2711 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55806
218-723-4000 | lakesuperiorbrewing.com

1,600

Don Hoag

2 / 2

Special Ale, Oatmeal Stout

10

Brau Brothers Brewing Company

201 First Street
Lucan, MN 56255
507-747-2337 | braubeer.com

1,300

Dustin Brau

12 / 12

Scotch Ale, Strawberry Wheat, Cream Stout, Sheep Head Ale, Ring Neck Braun Ale

11

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

800 LaSalle Plaza
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-332-2739 | rockbottom.com

1,234

Jim Gose

60 / 2,000

North Star Lager, Erik the Red, Stillwater Stout, Itasca Extra Pale Ale, Big Horn Nut Brown Ale, Hop Bomb IPA, Angry Hippie Ale, El Jefe Hefeweizen, Saison, Belgian Tripel Bock, Fallen Angel Abby Ale, Black Bull Imperial Stout

12

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

1430 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-339-8696 | townhallbrewery.com

1,200

Pete Rifakes

35 / 35

Masala Mama IPA

13

Flat Earth Brewing Company

2035 Benson Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116
651-698-1945 | flatearthbrewing.com

750

Cathie Williamson

2 / 2

Belgian Pale Ale, Element 115 Lager, Cygnus X-1 Porter, Black Helicopter Coffee Stout, Northwest Passage IPA

14

Great Waters Brewing Company

426 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-224-2739 | greatwatersbc.com

633

Sean O’Byrne

54 / 54

Not provided

15

McCann’s Food and Brew

3320 Third Street North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
320-217-5800 | mccannsfoodandbrew.com

422

Nick McCann

30 / 30

McCann’s Golden Ale, High Bank Amber, Deep Seven IPA, Triple Trouble, Apricot Coriander, Prairie Porter

16

Barley John’s Brew Pub

781 Old Highway 8 Southwest
New Brighton, MN 55112
651-636-4670 | barleyjohns.com

280

John Moore

15 / 15

Little Barley Bitter, Stockyard IPA, Wild Brunette, Old Eight Porter

17

Wellington’s Backwater Brewing Company

1429 Service Drive
Winona, MN 55987
507-452-2103 | westgatewellingtons.com

110

Chris Gardner

18 / 18

Wheat, Pale Ale, Nut Brown

18

Lift Bridge Beer Company

1906 Greeley Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082
888-430-2337 | liftbridgebrewery.com

105

Dan Schwarz

4 / 4

Farm Girl Saison, Lift Bridge Pale Ale, Harvestor, Biscotti, Kimono Girl

19

Boathouse Brewpub & Restaurant

47 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731
218-365-4301 | boathousebrewpub.com

80

Mark Bruzek

30 / 30

Entry Point Golden Ale, Rye Fish At All Pale Ale, Eel Pout Oatmeal Stout, Wild Rice ESB

20

Vine Park Brewing Company

1254 West Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-228-1355 | vinepark.com

60

Andy Grage

5 / 5

Loose Moose Lager, Red Hyena Ale, Walnut Brown Ale

21

All American Grill & Brewhouse

101 Summerfield Drive
Waverly, MN 55340
763-658-4040 | grillandbrew.com

50

Steve LaPlant

67 / 67

Golden Ugly, Ugly Red

22

Mantorville Brewing Company, LLC

101 East Fifth Street
Mantorville, MN 55955
651-387-0708 | mantorvillebeer.com

50

Tod Fyten, II

1 / 1

Stagecoach Amber Ale, Stagecoach Golden Ale, Stagecoach Smoked Porter

23

St. Croix Brewing Company, LLC

363 Webster Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-387-0708 | stcroixbeer.com

50

Tod Fyten, II

1 / 1

St. Croix Cream Ale, St. Croix Cream Stout, St. Croix Maple Ale, Serrano Pepper Ale

Note: Chatterbox Pub, The Herkimer Pub & Brewery, and Pig’s Eye Brewing Company, LLC, do not appear on this list because they would not provide ranking criteria. Crispin Cider Company and McCoy’s Public House do not appear because all products are brewed in another state.
• Finnegans, Inc., is a contract brewer that gives all profits to local charities.
• Blue Diamond Brewing Company and Lift Bridge Beer Company’s products are contract brewed.
• Vine Park Brewing Company operates exclusively as a brewery in which customers create their own beer on the premises.