Located in #Stillwater, ‘#Minnesota’s birthplace’, #LiftBridgeBrewingCo just so happens to be up next on the #mnbucketlist. Outside, everyone playing bags while talking and drinking and as you come into the #Taproom, you’re immediately welcomed as if you’ve walked into someone’s den. #Boardgames, log furniture, warm colors, this place has such a ‘make yourself at home’ #atmosphere.
They have such a great story, too. With lineage to #Milwaukee’s #brewing, Brad and a few of his friends hobbied as #homebrewers, perfecting #recipes and inviting #neighbors to join in and partake. As the crowd grew, as did the expectation. Founded in 2008, it was contract brewed at #FlatEarthBrewery in #StPaul, with the ultimate goal to have their own #brewery in Stillwater. The brewery, as it stands opened in 2010 and became Stillwater’s first brewery since #Prohibition. #FarmGirl is the most recognizable to the general public and was the first beer they ever produced, still their most popular. Fun fact, it was named for Brad's wife (he’s pictured above, great guy). They also have Hop Dish, Crosscut and Chestnut Hill year round and seasonal and limited releases like Getaway Pilsner, #Minnesota Tan, Commander English-style barley wine and the Silhouette Russian imperial stout. OH and they have a #minidonut #beer that was featured at the #MNStateFair. Brad gets the lucky job of writing all the beer descriptions. Who knew that naming beer was such a huge undertaking?
Lift Bridge has distribution reach throughout MN, WI and ND and while they focus on beer, they do so much more. Community focused and founded, Lift Bridge pays homage to the city it resides in more than nearly any other brewery I’ve seen. You would be hard pressed to find a place more committed to their roots.