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In our last beer posting, we shared the story of Fitger Beer, long a mainstay in Northern Minnesota, and the story of the historic Fitger brewery.

We stopped with Fitger’s Brewery closing its doors on September 30, 1972, ending 115 years of brewing on the shores of Lake Superior.

It was a sad time. fortunately, another chapter has been written, an exciting one at that too.

In the 1980s the shuttered Duluth brewery was saved from the wrecking ball when a group of investors purchased Fitger’s and converted it into a hotel and retail complex with several restaurants.In 1995, a group of prominate Duluth business people purchased the Complex, and continue as the driving force behind all positive improvements at Fitger’s, which include the construction of fourteen luxury suites, new dining options, and the beautiful Lakewalk Access.

The Fitger’s Brewhouse is once again brewing beer on the premises. The Brewhouse opened in the Fitger’s facility in 1995 after its founders returned from a ski trip inspired by the growing brewing scene of the western U.S. Combining the relaxed ambience of a mountain brewery with dedication to quality, the Duluth brew pub established a tradition of offering Duluth craft beer, fantastic local food (wild rice burger, anyone?) and live music on Lake Superior’s north shore.This year the Duluth brew pub will produce more than 2,500 barrels of beer in over 100 varieties. Fitger’s Brewhouse and its affiliates—Redstar Lounge, Burrito Union, and Tycoons Alehouse— carry a rotating combination of 20 unique brews, including cask-conditioned ale and award-winning Duluth beers such as Witchtree E.S.B. and Big Boat Oatmeal Stout. The Duluth restaurant’s local food includes beef from its own Scottish Highland cattle—fed on grain leftover from the brewing process—and its stage hosts live music from local and touring entertainers 5+ nights a week

Self-guided tour maps of the Fitger’s Brewery Complex are available throughout the Complex, and in the museum.

Fitger’s is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The brewery’s industrial smokestack and water tower now carry the Fitger’s name and star logo as regional landmarks.

And, it was recently announced that a home-brew store will be opening in the complex.

In the meantime, the Fitger Brewhouse recently celebrated producing its 4,000th batch of beer.

Continued success to all !

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