Craft breweries in Duluth’s did well in this year’s Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal’s list of the Top 25 breweries.
Fitger’s Brewhouse came in No. 7, moving up one from its No. 8 ranking last year, while the Lake Superior Brewing Co. was No. 10, compared to No. 9 last year.
The rankings are based on the number of barrels produced in 2009.
A huge gap separates the state’s oldest and largest breweries — August Schell Brewing Co. of New Ulm with 93,000 barrels, Cold Spring Brewery of Cold Spring with 89,000 barrels and Summit Brewing Co, of St. Paul with 898,000 barrels — and the smaller craft breweries that follow on the list. Most of the other craft breweries produced less than 4,000 barrels.
Fitgers produced 2,500 barrels last year, including pale ale, saison, port, stout, bitter, porter, lager hefeweizen and pilsner. Lake Superior Brewing Co produced 1,600 barrels, including kolsch, bock, hefeweizen, stout, pale ale, oatmeal stout, amber ale, brown ale.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant in Ely, ranked 17th. In 2009, the Boathouse produced 120 barrels, including various ales and stouts.