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Woodbury’s First Brewery Is Coming Your Way

Beer-lovers, rejoice! Woodbury will finally get its own brewing company and taproom as 3rd Act Brewery opens this fall. For Deb and Steve Long, opening the brewery has been long in the making. Steve has been brewing his own beer since the 1980s. When it came time to retire from his job at 3M, he knew he wanted to continue working, but didn’t want to work for anyone else. That’s when Deb came up with the idea to open their own brewery. “I went back to school to get back into knowing the latest and greatest,” says Steve, who enrolled in a brewing and beer steward technology program.


Best Drink In Town

Less than a year ago, Dan Justesen’s long-time project came to fruition, and Utepils (OOH-ta-pilz) Brewing opened its doors in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. Plans for the business began in 2014 but it wasn’t until three years later, in February 2017, that Justesen opened his taproom with the confidence he had created a sustainable brewery. Throughout his first year of business he has worked on creating an ever-better customer experience, like adding a beer garden patio and, as of spring, selling their beers in liquor stores.


Good Company Brewing

A local non-profit is seeking to capture the camaraderie within the local home brewer community and help make the world a better place, one beer at a time. Behind this idea is Plymouth resident and home brewer Josh Janos.
“Brewing is my hobby, my passion. I brew about once a month, focusing both on new recipes and perfecting my favorites,” says Janos, who works at Target corporate offices in the strategy and innovation department.


Two New Breweries are Joining the Micro-brew Scene This Fall

St. Croix-area micro-brew options are multiplying so quickly they filled a feature story in this magazine this past June. Now, two more breweries are pulling up a seat to the proverbial table.

Hop and Barrel Brewing, Hudson

Attorney Justin Terbeest called a friend to tell him about a crazy idea he had: to open a micro-brewery in the heart of Hudson.


Checking In with Jason Medvec from Big Wood Brewery

Big Wood Brewery continues to create great brews. The business began in 2009 during the recession, when beer was brewed in a wood flooring distribution company and served to its contractors at seminars, as a way to boost spirits.

“It was a way to cheer people up during a bad time in our nation’s history,” says Jason Medvec, a business partner who joined in late 2010.



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