Endion Station has officially opened to the public! We are happy to have finally been able to open our doors to our third tide-house and our first located in the Canal Park neighborhood. We are also happy to now have a venue that is able to feature something that has never been at the core of any of our venues – cider!

We kicked off our opening on July 25th with a live stream from MPR’s The Current on what Mayor Don Ness proclaimed as “Stream The Current in Duluth” Day. Our deck was filled with celebration for our opening, a live performance by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, interviews with Mayor Ness and Bob Monahan of Chaperone Records, and some trivia questions with Trivia Mafia.

Our opening celebrations were a lot of fun and by the end of The Current’s live stream at 7pm we were starting to run out of beer! Unfortunately we were led to the dreaded “last call!”, but it was a party to remember. Thanks to those who joined us – we hope to see you again soon! And to those who couldn’t make it – come see us! We are now open daily at 11am.


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A New Way to Two Fist

August 5, 2014 mhuebsch

With our changed menu that features only one burrito size, we quickly realized that that would pose a problem for Burrito Union’s Two-Fisted Tuesday deal. Instead of simply getting rid of the deal altogether, we have changed it! Now when you come to Burrito Union on Tuesdays you can still get your two-fistin on by buying one burrito for regular price and getting the second burrito half-off. Our BOGO deal is a great way to fill up for less on a weeknight!


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Redstar is happy to welcome a new night perfect for dancing! Starting August 5th, every Tuesday night will feature reggae, dancehall, and dub music with DJ Mouse and members of Prince Paul and the Conscious Party. The bar is also ready to pour up authentic Trinidad drink recipes courtesy of DJ Mouse!


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Biking Brings Good Deals

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We know it can sometimes be a pain to find parking downtown. One way we would like to help you out is to make it worth your while to try biking down! Bike to Tycoons – or any Fitger’s Brewhouse sister location – and get anytime happy hour prices! We have recently received a bike rack courtesy of Ski Hut that sits right outside of our doors and creates the perfect place to park your bike while taking an evening ride. So, you choose. Drive down, jockey for a parking spot, and pay to park – or bike down, park steps from our doors, and save money on your drinks. We think that second one isn’t too bad of an option.


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We know the importance of supporting local businesses and artists. That is why we try our best to make sure we are able to source some great products from our own community and state. Here are our top five locally-made products that you can find in the Brewhouse Beer Store.

1. Growler Totes made by Cut Loose Creations. Duluth, MN

- When Anita Stech of Cut Loose Creations came to us with an idea to breathe new life into some of our older T-shirts, we were ecstatic. The idea was simple – take the T-shirts we already sell in the store and use our unique beer logo designs to create fashionable and durable growler carriers. We are now happy to be able to offer these shirts repurposed as unique growler totes that are only available in-store because of their one-of-a-kind nature.

2. Duluth Pack Growler Packs and Leather Coasters. Duluth, MN

-Another Growler carrier that you can find in the Beer Store is made by Duluth’s original outdoors outfitter, Duluth Pack. Made of Duluth Pack’s signature canvas, this pack bears the Fitger’s Brewhouse kegman. Also bearing our kegman logo is the Leather Coasters from Duluth Pack that are the perfect addition to any man cave.

3. Brewhouse Beer Soap and Lip Balm. Superior, WI
-With the help of Carolyn Jones of CMT Farm in Superior, we are finally able to feature our own beer in the making of beer soap that we sell in our store. Using our Apricot Wheat beer, this soap is great for your skin and makes use of natural exfoliants from apricot seeds. Jones also supplies us with 2 different kinds of lip balm. One is apricot for our Apricot Wheat beer, the other is made using Cascade hops!

4. Cribbage Boards by Wood from the Hood. Minneapolis, MN

-One of our favorite items that you can find in the Beer Store are the cribbage boards made from reclaimed wood from Twin Cities neighborhoods courtesy of Wood from the Hood. This company takes the wood from discarded trees and gives them a second life as beautiful products that you can use in your home. Choose your cribbage board from different species of lumber and pair with a deck of Brewhouse playing cards!

5. Beer art posters from local artists. Duluth, MN

-We like to give a little bit of flair to our beer and give some of them their own artwork. In some cases we have commissioned local artists to create unique works of art for our beer that capture their spirit. We are now happy to be able to offer this beer art as posters available in our store from local artists David Moreira, Adam Swanson, and Chris Monroe.

 


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2014 Brewhouse Triathlon

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On August 2nd our 18th annual Brewhouse Triathlon took place just outside of Duluth. Nominated in 2013 as the Best Triathlon in the Midwest, the Brewhouse Tri is the eighth race in the Midwest Multisport Series and is one of Minnesota’s oldest and most popular triathlons. Located at the newly developed Island Lake Park, the pristine swim is followed by a beautiful bike on newly paved roads, and the flat and fast run combines asphalt and gravel roads with plenty of aid stations.

Partnered with Tycoons Alehouse, each registered triathlete received a collectors edition sampler beverage glass, good for four free samples of Fitger’s Brewhouse beer served at Tycoons alongside the Brewhouse Tri afterparty with music from The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.


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Brewhouse & Bent Paddle In Cahoots

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On Sunday, August 3rd we were finally able to debut to the public our first collaboration beer with Bent Paddle Brewing Co. at In Cahoots! in Minneapolis. This collaborative event brought four different teams of breweries together at the Red Stag Supper Club Block Party to compete for best brew. Though we took 3rd place in the competition portion, we were happy to have a chance to make a beer that we truly view as a brewer’s beer and get to take part in such a fun event!

The Red Smoke Rye is the first beer in the Common Waters Collaborative Series. This beer hints of the proverbial campfire it was created around with smoked malt accenting the caramel maltiness of this Double Smoked Red Ale. The rye in the beer complements the Saaz hops and the 6.8% ABV gives the brew a warm finish. This beer is also a tribute to our selected charity, the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department for their efforts to fight forest fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A portion of all proceeds from the Red Smoke Rye will go to helping them.

Red Smoke Rye will be available for a limited time on draft at Fitger’s Brewhouse and our tide-houses along with the Bend Paddle taproom and select Twin Cities and Duluth taphouses.


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Boundary Waters Games

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It’s already August and we are getting ready to show off the skills we have got under our belts from a summer of camping. The first Boundary Waters games are almost upon us! Hosted by Fitger’s Brewhouse and Duluth Pack from 6-9pm on August 29th at Corner of the Lake Park next to Endion Station Public House, this event puts teams against one another to see who is best at our “essential” Boundary Waters camping skills.

With announcing from Olympic commentator Chad Salmela, teams will compete in 6 events to take home the “Golden Paddle” award. These events include a portage race, bail-your-canoe race, boil-water race, set-up-a-tent race, baked-beans-in-a-can eating contest, and a loon-calling contest. The event will be paired by a fish fry at Endion Station served alongside a Boundary Waters themed beer from Fitger’s Brewhouse.

“Where else would you find this fun and love for the outdoors?” says Fitger’s Brewhouse Minister of Culture and Propaganda Brad Nelson. “Both of our companies are tied to our sense of place, this event will celebrate that.”

Duluth has long been thought of as an outdoor recreation mecca and has even recently been voted as Outdoor Magazine’s best outdoor city. Duluth is also the most popular stop on the way to the world’s largest 100% protected wilderness area, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This is evidenced by Duluth Pack’s status as the number one permitting location to the BWCA and the two decades that Fitger’s Brewhouse has been feeding travelers and more recently has been sending them to the wilderness with their award-winning craft brews. Duluth Pack and Fitger’s Brewhouse have teamed up before for small events and to create together a growler carrier perfect for bringing your beer on any adventure.


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Duluth’s first cider house is now open in a piece of history sitting in Canal Park.

The same group behind Fitger’s Brewhouse, Tycoon’s Alehouse and Burrito Union, is behind Endion Station and they’re bringing the history of the old train depot back to life.

From the Lakewalk you may have seen the historic building and wondered what was inside. As of Friday, you can now go inside and grab a pint.

But way before Endion Station became a cider house, it was a bustling train depot.

“It sat on the eastside of Duluth and hauled passengers and logs for many years,” said Brad Nelson with Fitger’s Brewhouse.

Dan Russell, the executive director at the DECC, remembers moving the station from the eastside to Canal Park back in 1986.

“It was my old office for five years,” he said.

Russell spent quite some time in the building and he said it was sad to see it sit empty for a few years, but now he sees a bright future.

“There was just so much history, it was so much fun. I actually had the upstairs with a balcony and I knew when I left this office for the DECC that this was the best office I was ever going to have,” said Russell.

The group that owns Fitger’s Brewhouse bought the building from the city two years ago. You will see their familiar brews on tap, but also something new.

“We’re doing the hard ciders. We have 12 hard ciders on and…those are made with art, they aren’t just pumped through a machine,” said owner Rod Raymond.

It is the group’s fifth location, including the Red Star Lounge, and Nelson said it is likely their last.

He calls Endion Station their exclamation point.

“It’s in Canal Park and that’s a great location for us to be with our craft beers and craft ciders, but it’s also such an amazing building in and of itself,” said Nelson.

This opening weekend Endion Station is open at 3 p.m. Their regular hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. with the kitchen closing at 11 p.m.


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Tis the season of neighborhood block parties, and as these community gatherings become more frequent, they start to run together in our minds. Organizers of the eighth annual Red Stag Block Party are making sure their event stands out, by teaming up with The Growler to present “In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft.”

For the August 3 block party, eight Minnesota breweries have paired up — August Schell’s and Sociable Cider Werks, Bang Brewing and Summit Brewing, Fulton Brewing and Dangerous Man Brewing, and Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger’s Brewhouse — to release one-of-a-kind collaborative beers.

“The four breweries that were approached were all asked to choose a brewery to collaborate with,” says Dave Hoops of Fitger’s Brewhouse. Fitger’s worked with Bent Paddle to create the beer jokingly referred to as “Old Guys and Cool Kids,” reflecting the two breweries’ respective roles in the Duluth brewing scene.

 

The collaboration also allows smaller breweries, such as Bang and Dangerous Man, and brewpubs such as Fitger’s, an opportunity to hit new markets. “I was really excited about brewing on a bigger system that was state-of-the-art. And, the most exciting part,” Hoops says, is “for the first time in my career, having a beer that I had something to do with sold in Minneapolis.”

The beers will premiere at the block party. Each brewery is planning its own distribution afterward. The Bent Paddle/Fitger’s collaboration will have a sneak preview at this weekend’s All Pints North Festival and will then debut at the Red Stag Block Party. Hoops says the beer will later be available at all JTA restaurants in Duluth, as well as at restaurants owned by Red Stag’s parent company, such as Bryant-Lake BowlBarbette, and Pat’s Tap.

The limited-edition beers may not be the only thing to arise from the collaborative event. Hoops says camaraderie was a big part of the process and he foreshadows “a few other ideas came out of it.”

Fulton Brewing (Minneapolis) and Dangerous Man Brewing (Minneapolis)
Beer: The 13th Task
A dry-hopped golden ale brewed with Medusa, Mosaic, and Hercules hops.

Bang Brewing (St. Paul) and Summit Brewing (St. Paul)
Beer: Mark
A remake of Mark’s original Sparkling Ale recipe from 1991 with modifications to fit Bang’s all-organic process.

August Schell’s (New Ulm) and Sociable Cider Werks (Minneapolis)
Beer: Burnout Smoked Apple
A blend of Honeycrisp and Haralson Apples gets a nice kick in the pants by a brewed bittering component that is intensely smoky and smooth.

Fitger’s Brewhouse (Duluth) and Bent Paddle Brewing (Duluth)
Beer: Red Smoke Rye
A double smoked red ale.


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