Pale Ales, Imperial Porters, Stouts, and IPAs – the array of craft beers is almost endless. Today, small and independent craft brewers comprise 40 of the Top 50 breweries in the volume of beer produced. Minnesota is ranked 12th in production gallons per 21+ adult, and the number of craft breweries is only increasing. Being one of the world’s most popular beverages, Bernick’s is passionate about bringing brewmasters’ concoctions to the masses. Local, hometown hustlers deserve recognition, and distributing their delicious brands is our specialty. Select the icons below to learn more about the neighborhood brands we proudly represent across the Midwest and beyond.
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August Schell's Brewing Company
Family owned and operated in New Ulm, Minnesota. The Schell’s story began in 1860 when August Schell, a German immigrant, couldn’t find a traditional German beer in his new home. So, he made his own. He laid the first brick to the Schell’s brewery along the banks of the Cottonwood River, where it still is today. While the brewery has seen some changes, like plumbing, August’s legacy of being an innovative brewmaster remains. It has continued through six generations and over 100 varieties of German Craft beer.
Barley John’s has been brewing great tasting beer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area since the year 2000 with no sign of slowing down. With a full service brew pub located in New Brighton MN, Barley John’s offers year round varieties and unique seasonal beers available both at their tap room and on tap at your favorite bar.
Beaver Island Brewing Co.
At one time, St. Cloud Minnesota was the home of six local breweries, but with the closing of the last one in 1939, local brewing became a thing of the past. Until now. Nick Barth and Matt Studer, two avid homebrewers and passionate entrepreneurs, have teamed up with local professional brewmaster Chris Laumb to launch Beaver Island Brewing Company – a venture that will revive the rich tradition of brewing in St. Cloud.
Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 200 people over a 20 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe, (see below). Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers.
Big Sky Brewing Company
Big Sky Brewing Company was started by Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson. Brad and Neal had been homebrewers in Michigan since the mid 1980’s, and had moved to Missoula with a group of friends in the summer of 1990. In the early ‘90s they worked at Sportsmen’s Surplus and High Country Sports where they met Bjorn. One of Brad’s first nights in Missoula was spent at the old Iron Horse when it was attached to Bayern Brewing Company down at the end of Higgins Avenue. He was impressed by Bayern’s lagers, but felt that there was room in Missoula for a second brewery; and since Neal and Brad specialized in brewing English style ales he felt that an ale brewery would be producing very different beers than Bayern Brewing Company did. Neal agreed, and the two began to work on starting up a brewery.
Blacklist Artisan Ales
Blacklist Artisan Ales was founded in 2012 by longtime friends and collaborators, Brian Schanzenbach and Jon Loss. From its humble beginnings with a Kickstarter campaign, Blacklist has grown steadily and in mid-2015, TJ Estabrook joined Jon and Brian as a partner. Specializing in Belgian style artisan ales, Blacklist continues to thrill its followers with bold flavors, innovative ingredient selections, and refreshing ales that are sure to leave a lasting impression. On Blacklist Friday, November 25th, 2016, their taproom opened at 120 East Superior Street in downtown Duluth, MN
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest. Boulevard’s mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.
Castle Danger Brewery
Castle Danger Brewery has been brewing dangerously good craft beer on the North Shore of Lake Superior since 2011. All Castle Danger brews are designed with a flavor profile in mind, and then expanded upon to create something unique. Using traditional brewing practices, Castle Danger is able to create one of a kind, flavorful beers available in many varieties.
Born in 1995 and raised in Duluth, MN, Duluth Brewhouse is your favorite Fitger's Brewhouse beers brought closer to home. From sidewalk shovelers to Lake Superior surfers, everyone who loves adventure will enjoy a beer brewed with an uncompromising dedication to quality. So roll up all three layers of sleeves and tickle your whiskers with a little sip of the north. It’s what Duluth drinks.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Our goal is to put the natural connection between brewer and community to work to create something that truly belongs to us all. Creating infinite community and quality craft beers.
You’ll find Fair State Co-op beers on tap and on shelves throughout Minnesota. From our tart and floral hibiscus sour, Roselle, to our crisp and hoppy German-style Pils. Pick some up, and see why we’ve been named “Best Beer” at six of the last seven Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild Festivals.
Finnegan’s mission is to turn beer into food. Their vision is to be a leader in social entrepreneurism with multiple revenue-generating streams that fund Finnegan's branded projects aimed at eliminating hunger and serving as a catalyst for social entrepreneurs. Finnegan's believes that we are all responsible for creating healthy communities. They believe in creating and supporting self-sustaining business models that have a positive impact on the community. Finnegan's also strives to create awareness and action about critical community issues through projects that are fun, social, and a win-win for their volunteers, pro-bono partners, and business partners.
When we founded Fulton in 2009, we were homebrewing out of a South Minneapolis garage and contract brewing at a small Wisconsin brewery. Our dream was to build a real Minneapolis brewery of our own in the next 5-10 years, and quit our day jobs along the way. We never guessed we’d build two Minneapolis breweries in three years. Looks like being wrong can sometimes be awesome.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Founded in the former brewing hotbed of Cleveland, Ohio in 1988, Great Lakes Brewing Company has sparked the new era of Cleveland brewing. Founders Patrick and Daniel Conway believe that Great Lakes Brewing Company’s early success has a lot to do with the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices – and of course world-class beer. Great Lakes Brewing Company avoids preservatives, synthetic chemicals, and pasteurization, which ultimately compromise flavor.
Gull Dam Brewing
Gull Dam Brewing, located in Nisswa, MN is a craft brewery offering many unique tasting beers. With a brew to satisfy every palate, Gull Dam has been brewing since 2014, and shows no sign of slowing down. Named after the Gull Dam located 8 miles from the brewery, Gull Dam Brewing has something that is sure to taste ‘gull dam’ great!
Horny Goat Brewing Company
Horny Goat Brewing was established in May of 2008 with the mission of providing great brews to craft beer lovers while keeping it light-hearted. All of their carefully crafted beers are developed at their brew pub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Horny Goat’s goal is to make quality beer for folks that know how to party. They make great craft beers with a sense of humor.
Located in Minneapolis, MN, Insight Brewing is a local brewery taking inspiration from around the globe. With many different offerings, Insight has brews ranging from ABV session beer to barrel-aged and experimental styles. Some of their beers are traditional, but there are others that will really push the limits with exciting and unexpected flavor combinations. If you are looking for a unique taste experience, then look no further!
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993 and always looks to the future…whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA. Wherever you go, beer speaks, people mumble. Mumble along at LAGUNITAS.com.
Wherever anglers gather, you’re bound to hear great stories. One of the better known and sworn-to-be-true is the story of the Lakemaids. Long ago, these freshwater mermaids found their way inland from the oceans, down the St. Lawrence Seaway and up the Mississippi, to summer in the cool, pure waters of the North Country. Each year, on the night of the Summer Solstice, they reward anglers who have kept their lakes pure, with ice cold Lakemaid Beer, made fresh from the deepest, purest water they can find. Lakemaid Beer is brewed year round in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
The Jacob Leinenkugel Family Brewery was founded in Chippewa Falls, WI, in May 1867 by Jacob Leinenkugel. A family man driven by an iron work ethic, Jacob knew that his family heritage would play an integral part of his brewery's success. Today, the fifth generation of Leinenkugel's continue to brew the same family inspired recipes that Jacob poured his heart and soul into. Over the years, the family has grown and so has the brewery, but its history and heritage remain at the forefront.
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Magic Hat Brewing Company was formed in 1994 in Burlington, Vermont. It moved to its current South Burlington location in 1997. By 2005 it had 64 employees. Magic Hat - where ancient alchemy meets modern day science to create the best tasting beer on the planet.
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Milwaukee Brewing Company's philosophy is a non-conforming attitude applied to crafting and creating beers using the best local ingredients and suppliers in a sustainable, creative, and innovative environment. Head Brewer Robert Morton studied culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Manhattan. This food focus results in beers with unique, nonconforming flavors that have been characterized as bold balance.
New Beligum Brewing Company
New Belgium believes that their dedication to high involvement culture and a loving, high performing workforce sets them apart. They believe that the collective is stronger than the individual and that informed coworkers will make responsible decisions. New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers.
The Boston Beer Company is America’s leading brewer of handcrafted, full-flavored craft beers. Founder and Brewer, Jim Koch, brews Samuel Adams craft beers using the time honored traditional four-vesseled brewing process, and the world’s finest all-natural ingredients. With over 30 distinctive, award-winning styles of craft beer, Samuel Adams offers discerning beer drinkers a variety of brews. The brewery has won more awards in international beer tasting competitions in the last five years than any other craft beer brewery in the world.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada set out with a simple goal: brew the beers they wanted to drink. They started small, with a homebrew shop, a love of American hops and plenty of passion. In the process, they changed the beer world forever. Decades later, they’re still at it, and the passion burns brighter than ever.
South Shore Brewery
South Shore Brewery is an independent craft brewery on the southern shore of Lake Superior. Established in 1995. Producers of stylistic lagers and Ales. Local farms, better ingredients. Lake Superior water. Building a fun beer culture. Avoiding bummer beers. A proud member of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild, the Brewers Association and Midwest Hops and Barley Cooperative. Tradition is a good thing.
Sprecher Brewing Company
Sprecher Brewing Company was founded in 1985 by Randal Sprecher, formerly a brewing supervisor at Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From 1985 to 1994, the brewery was located at 730 W. Oregon Street in Milwaukee's Walker's Point area. Through the first ten years the company grew steadily as more and more people found out about Sprecher's high quality beers and sodas. Finally, the company had outgrown its original facility and began looking for a new location to continue its growth.
Summit Brewing Company
In 1986, Summit founder Mark Stutrud set out to rediscover the traditional brewing methods behind the great handcrafted beers that once flowed throughout the Midwest. Ever since, Summit has been painstakingly brewing beer as stimulating, complex, and rich in character as the people who share it.
Third Street Brewhouse
It’s all about the beer! Third Street Brewhouse’s state-of-the-art brewery and taproom is located in Coldspring, Minnesota. With a variety of year round beers, as well as many seasonal beers available, Third Street Brewhouse has something for everyone. Third Street embraces using local ingredients such as maple syrup harvested at the Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum and Forest in St. Joseph, Minnesota in their winter seasonal Sugar Shack, as well as coffee beans from Muggsy's Beans, a local roaster in St. Cloud, Minnesota in their imperial coffee porter Cool Beans. If you are looking for a great tasting local beer, Third Street Brewhouse has a beer for you.
Good brewing starts with honoring the traditions of brewers who have gone before us. Utepils Brewing beer is brewed using the highest quality water from the historic Glenwood Inglewood wells to produce beer that is classic yet uniquely distinct. Using tried and true brewing practices, we’re creating a new tradition in the Twin Cities that brings friends and families together share good times and great beer.
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