Over time, the trend to brew beer has become quite popular. It has come to signify an American tradition and an unstoppable movement. Minnesota is home to some well-known local and national businesses that perfected the art of craft brewing. Let these spots help you on your home-brewing adventure.

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Northern Brewer 
1150 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 223-6114

Northern Brewer is a family-owned, local business operating for over 17 years. With a successful business model spreading the home-brewing passion, the company has turned into an icon on the local and national scene. It provides exceptional expertise for self-starting home brewers with comprehensive information, starter kits, resources, recipes, equipment and more. The staff is comprised of trained experts in this field, offering plenty of insight on crafting your very own beer. Northern Brewer sponsors events, competitions and the Annual Homebrewers Conference. This spot has certainly influenced the home-brewing culture in Minnesota.

Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 925-9854

Midwest Supplies was founded in 1993 and has grown to be an important staple in the home-brewing business in Minnesota. The St. Louis-based business is one of the largest retail home brew specialty stores with plenty of supplies for Minnesotans and others to join in on the fun. It has a large inventory with more than a dozen beer recipe kits, malt extracts, grains, beer additives and more. The staff offers world-class insight and is extremely friendly.

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St. Croix River Valley Homebrewers Association
1905 Greeley St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-5276

St. Croix River Valley Homebrewers Association was born to motivate and encourage the hobby of brewing your own beer. The end goal for St. Croix River Valley is to make original recipes and craft a refreshing beer. It helps organize local and national competitions, which offer participants valuable feedback from their brews along with hands-on experience that perfects the art of brewing. It is a tradition that has become a growing movement in the region and the company’s initiative is to educate Minnesota residents. Unlock the hidden passion for developing a great, tasty beer.

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River City Brewers
3875 School Blvd.
Monticello, MN 55362
(763) 300-8118

River City Brewers is located in the northwestern area in Monticello. It was founded in 2010 with a simple mission: to brew the best beer. With a unique emphasis and strategy, it’s all about educating folks about brewing. Experiment with the recipes and make the process a fun one. This is a brew club that invites people to become members and attend monthly congenial discussions about techniques for brewing. You are encouraged to join the monthly meetings and take advantage of the taste sampling. You do not have to live in the area to join, but you are required to have a innate curiosity about beer.

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Surly Brewing Co.
4811 Dusharme Dr.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
(763) 535-3330

Surly Brewing Company has a Cinderella beginning, but with dedication for home brewing, the business eventually became a dream come true. Surly Brewing, Minnesota’s first new brewery west of the Mississippi, was ignited with just a home brew kit bought from the legendary Northern Brewer. The mission is to tap into the passion of making a better tasting beer and giving back to the community. With a noticeable curiosity, a hard work ethic and an insatiable taste for great beer, Surly Brewing came about as a successful experiment. Seek out the staff for any questions you have about your home brew.

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