In preparation for a special event called “In Cahoots” at the Red Stag Block Party in Minneapolis on August 2nd, Fitger’s Brewhouse is teaming up with Bent Paddle to create a beer for the competition! Because of Bent Paddle’s classification as a production brewery, this beer will actually be available after the competition at select tap houses in Duluth and the Twin Cities, creating a unique opportunity to get a Brewhouse beer in a new location!

You can get your first taste of this special beer before the “In Cahoots” competition at the All Pints North beer festival in Duluth on July 26th. Both breweries will pour the beer, and Brewhouse will also be pouring 8 other beers including favorites such as Hoppelujah, The Mayor, Rhubarb Apricot Wheat, and Red, Wheat, and Blue.


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Few things hold everything you need quite like a Duluth Pack bag. So when it came to naming our new pulled-meat sandwiches at Endion Station, it just made sense to compare them to the best pack you can find. Our Duluth-Packed sliders are a perfect example of the true craft that Duluth perfects. Celebrating the partnership of two Duluth craft business legends, we hope you enjoy our Duluth-Packed sandwiches as much as we do!


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Trampled by Jazz

July 1, 2014 mhuebsch

Our favorite hometown band representing Duluth on the national stage, Trampled by Turtles, is releasing their new album Wild Animals on July 15th. To celebrate the release of the album, the Adam Booker Trio will be playing jazz covers of TBT songs at Tycoons Alehouse beginning at 9pm on July 15th. Music will wrap up just in time to watch Trampled by Turtles on David Letterman that night!


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The Endion Station opening is almost here and we are making some big plans. Our first weekend open is going to be a special one with the All Pints North Brewfest on Saturday, July 26th. This historic Duluth train depot has been turned into Duluth’s first cider-centric venue also featuring Fitger’s Brewhouse beer and craft beer cans. Right on the shores of Lake Superior, our patio and Duluth-Packed boardwalk food lets you take the indoors out. Stop by for dinner to check out the action and join us during All Pints North weekend!

Invite me to the opening »


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Top 10 Reasons to Love Burrito Union

We love Burrito Union. But I don’t suppose we have to tell you that. As one of our restaurants, we think there are many reasons to love the place, but we thought we would give you ten reasons why you should love Burrito Union too!

10. It’s in the ‘hood
- Located conveniently right in the East Hillside neighborhood, Burrito Union is only a short walk or bike ride away from home.

9. Brewhouse beer
- As one of Fitger’s Brewhouse’s sister restaurants, Burrito Union is able to serve up delicious locally-made beers such as Starfire, Apricot Wheat, and Superior Trail IPA.

8. Ding sauce
- Our specially-made vegan Ding sauce gives the perfect kick to any burrito, and you can only find it at Burrito Union!

7. Gourmet Burritos
- Ding sauce isn’t the only special thing about our burritos. With high-quality ingredients and creative burritos on our menu, these are sure to be a nice surprise.

6. Bloody breakfast
- Speaking of good burritos, our breakfast burritos made CBS’s “Best Breakfast Burritos in Minnesota” list last December. Paired with a Bloody Mary, this makes for one of the best “hair of the dog” breakfasts!

5. Dinner on the deck
- With Lake Superior views and the quiet neighborhood atmosphere, we can’t think of a better place to spend an evening than on the Burrito Union deck.

4. Nightly specials
- Our specials throughout the week make it easy to out for the night but stay in your budget. Whether it is Margarita Monday or Thursty Thursday, Burrito Union is the place to be.

3. Delivery service
- Burritos delivered right to your door. Does it get any better than that? Our food is available for delivery from 11-11, 7 days a week!

2. Chester Creek
- What better way to end a hike than with food and beer? We love that Chester Creek is just steps from our door and lends a touch of nature to our neighborhood. We try our best to make sure this creek stays clean! »

1. Locally owned
- And our final favorite thing about Burrito Union is that it is locally owned! Spending money at a locally owned business allows us to invest in our community, create more good jobs, encourage local prosperity, and keep our community unique!


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Not only is recycling good for the environment, but it can create some cool stuff! One of our favorite ways to recycle within our company is to repurpose items. So when we realized that the Barrel Room at Redstar needed a new sound booth, it was a no-brainer to find a way to use the original Brewhouse mash tun. This original piece of our brewery had been simply collecting dust since it was replaced in 2005 by a mash tun from Bank Street Brewing in Connecticut.


Originally purchased in 1996 from Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company in Colorado, this mash tun helped us create Brewhouse beer classics from the Petroglyph Porter to the ever-popular Starfire Pale Ale. With help from Welder Aleasha Hladilek, we were able to cut through the wooden side and metal interior of the mash tun to create an opening for the sound booth. After fixing up the edges and creating a base for it to sit on, this repurposed mash tun is ready to go! See it in action by stopping by Redstar for a show!



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MNBeer story here »

Back in October of 2012, we reported that the parent company of Fitger’s Brewhouse had won a bid to purchas the historic Endion Station train depot in Canal Park. Today we’re excited to share that the Endion Station Public House will open in July!

Endion Station Public House will feature Duluth-Packed pulled meat sandwiches and kebabs. Endion Station will be the first Duluth cider house with multiple cider tap lines as well as a few signature Fitger’s Brewhouse beers and a full bar.

The building (its name means my, your or his home in Ojibwe) was built as a train station in 1899 and moved to the Lakewalk in the 80s. Tony Dierckins, the publisher of local history site Zenith City Online, says the station is unique.

“We used to have dozens of railroad depots all over town,” Dierckins says. “It’s one of only two that are left.”

Like Tycoons Alehouse and the Fitger’s building, the Endion Station is built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It’s made of Kettle River sandstone and even though it was a humble passenger depot, it was carefully designed to look its best.

I for one, can’t wait to check it out. Congrats gang!



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The Mill on Endion Station

June 30, 2014 mhuebsch

The Growler story here »

Endion Station Public House in Duluth’s Canal Park is set to become the fifth restaurant venue for Just Take Action Inc., the Fitger’s Brewhouse parent company. The Endion Station building was originally located in the Endion neighborhood in east Duluth, serving both passenger and freight traffic until 1978. The building was relocated to Canal Park in 1986 during the extension of I-35, and the building was purchased by the Fitger’s empire back in 2012. Endion’s focus looks to be on ciders, with multiple cider tap lines as well as a few Fitger’s Brewhouse beers and a full bar.


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KBJR story here »

Duluth, MN ( — The craft beer boom in Minnesota has its share of power players, but there are those among the greats that have gone relatively unnoticed.
Today the Duluth Experience ended its Craft Beer Roundtable sessions with “The Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene”.

Craft beer is something many of us in the Northland enjoy, and when you think of who is making that tasty, bubbly beverage, you might be surprised.

“Walking out into the bar and actually talking to customers, whether they’re women or men, sometimes I really surprise them, they don’t expect me to be the brewer” said Allyson Rolph, Head Brewer for Thirsty Pagan Brewery.

The Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene were featured in the last of The Duluth Experience’s Craft Beer Roundtable discussions. It was a packed house for a unique topic.

“It’s actually been very lively, very funny lots of good comments and good questions, lots of camaraderie” said Jamie MacFarlane of Castle Danger Brewery.

“I think the more we can do to show women, hear their stories about the beer industry, which is a very accepting industry, the better” said Laura Mullen of Bent Paddle Brewery.

Many stories were told and many laughs were had.
All of the women discussed how they fell into the brewing world.

“I actually started home brewing a number of years ago, probably about 10 years ago, because I was living across the street from a homebrew supply shop. I’m kind of a do-it-yourselfer” said Melissa Rainville, a brewer at Fitgers Brewery.

A lot of myths were also dispelled about women and beer.

“A lot of women think, beer is not a female beverage. Well, we’re here to completely dispel that” said Liz Gleeson of Carmody’s Irish Pub and Brewing.

Raising glasses, and giving credit where credit is due.

The events are designed to provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on the regional craft beer community and showcase the people involved in pushing the North Shore Craft Beer Scene to the forefront of the expanding industry in Minnesota.

Bryce Henry


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Voters’ Choice: The 4 Best Towns in America

After 20 days and more than one million votes since the start of our 2014 Best Towns Tournament, we’re finally down to the final four. With less than two weeks left, we take a minute to weigh in on what makes each of the finalists so special.
Here at Outside, we’ve been watching the Best Towns 2014 bracket with bated breath—not only because there have been some big surprises (we’re looking at you, Duluth) but also because we’ve been rooting for our favorite towns, too. Now, our editors share some of what make the four finalists so special.

If you haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting for?

Duluth, Minnesota

“Minnesota’s Duluth is the perfect mixture of Midwest small town friendliness and big (enough) city life, with the largest lake in the world (by surface area) on its front porch. Positioned at the westernmost tip of Lake Superior, the country’s farthest inland port city is home to two colleges (three, if you count the one in neighboring Superior, WI, across the river), and 23 parks, including Leif Erikson Park, which hosts movies on the lakeshore every Friday night throughout the summer, and Lester Park, which contains both the Lester River and Amity Creek drainages—short but sweet Class IV-V whitewater runs.

“Travel across the lift bridge in downtown and cruise 7-mile Park Point, the world’s largest freshwater sandbar (also a surfable beach break), or head north up historic Highway 61 (made famous by Bob Dylan) three hours toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Some of the best micro-brewed beer in the Midwest can be found at Fitger’s Brewhouse (go on a Wednesday night for a wild rice burger, sweet potato fries, and live bluegrass).

“Sea kayaking in the Apostles Islands is only an hour and a half away. And, sure, it gets cold in the winter, but there’s snow—lots of it. Ski or snowboard at either Spirit Mountain or Lutsen Resort, or go ice and mixed climbing at Casket Quarry on the east side of town.” —Dave Costello, senior editor at Alaska magazine



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