Brewery Review: Beaver Island Brewing

Following our visit of Third Street Brewhouse, we headed north to St. Cloud to visit a local favorite, Beaver Island Brewing. Our second time in, we wanted to dig a little deeper into their operation on the 4:00pm tour advertised on their website. We arrived about 3:45pm and ordered a drink while we waited.

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40 minutes and two empty glasses later, there’d been no further mention of a tour, and it seemed we weren’t going to get one.

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As we were getting ready to leave, a bartender named Dan approached us to apologize – the tour portion of their website hadn’t been updated for a while, and they hadn’t given a Saturday tour in over a year!  Incredibly apologetic and gracious, Dan offered to give us a tour anyways. But first-

It’s a rule, though, that you need a full pint in order to go on a tour…”

Our glasses were re-filled, and the three of us headed back to where the magic happens.

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Dan gave us a fantastic tour with a ton of personal insight. In contrast to the more formal, informational tour we’d had just hours before at Third Street Brewhouse, Dan’s was more casual, enthusiastic and loaded with years of experience. It felt like we were getting a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on behind the bar at Beaver Island Brewing, and we really were! Dan showed us intricate aspects of the operation and took time to share stories and photos of Beaver Island and the founders Nick and Matt. We felt like we were getting celebrity treatment!

Dan highlighted a barrel aged brew called “Crosby, Pilsen Mash,” a double pilsner with a refreshing punch. After the tour, he made sure we got samples. Super tasty! If you like beer…at all…you should try this. Seriously.

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We gave Dan an appreciative thank you, bought the last of their “Dam. Fine. Beer” t-shirts (get it?) and concluded our tour-visit of Beaver Island Brewing. Overall, a very positive experience.

Here’s our full review (categories are rated out of five 🍺):

  1. Beer Selection (number and styles available): 🍺🍺🍺🍺
    Number Available: 11
    Styles Available: IPA, German Ale, Stout, Pumpkin Ale, Winter Ale, Fruity
  2. Beer Taste (expected of style): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
    The Oktoberfest is fantastic; the Tip Up Winter Ale is a great malty beverage with noticeable hints of MN spruce tips, evoking real feelings and tastes of winter; the Crosby, Pilsen Mash is dangerously smooth and tasty
  3. Location (find-ability/ accessibility): 🍺🍺🍺🍺
  4. Atmosphere/Venue: 🍺🍺🍺🍺
    Fun outdoors, MN North feel
  5. Service (of staff): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
    Aside from the initial wait and miscommunication over the tour, our staff experiences have always been positive

 

Other Notable Factors: Beaver Island is huge about giving back to the community and they do a fantastic job doing it:

We’re not just here to brew great beer; we’re going to build a better community. So, the same dedication and passion we put into every pint extends to how we give back to the community that has supported us in so many ways. This beer unites us.” ~Beaver Island Brewing Co.

Beaver Island is one we look forward to frequenting.

– A & K

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