Minnesota's Mount Rushmore of Beer

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by hoeg0015, Jun 29, 2013.

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  1. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    So, I read that Todd is giving some tours at Surly today, and that it was a big deal, and I thought he's probably the only rockstar brewer in Minnesota right now as far as national recognition. It inspired me to think who the other big players in the Minnesota beer scene are, and which four would make up our state's Mt Rushmore of sorts. They could come from any angle--production, ownership, advocacy, retail, legislative, general knowledge, etc.

    Here are some of the people I thought of off the top of my head:

    Todd and Omar of Surly
    The Hoops brothers, Dave and Mike (of Fitger's/Town Hall fame)
    Michael Agnew, perfect pint guy
    Mark Stutrud, Summit founder
    Alvey of Four Firkins fame
    Lanny Hoff, longtime beer importer
    R.T. Rybak, beer champion
    MNBeer.com in general

    I'm obviously forgetting many influential and historically-important people, but I'm just doing this on the fly...I think I'd try to cover all aspects of the beer scene on my Rushmore:

    Todd (brewer)
    Stutrud (entrepreneur/trailblazer)
    Alvey (advocacy/public policy)
    Rybak (supportive politician)

    So...who ya got on your Minnesota Beer Mount Rushmore?
  2. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,331) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Schells representative
    Hoops Brothers
  3. hoeg0015

    hoeg0015 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2008 Minnesota

    I realized I left out Schells...someone should definitely be included there, I'm just not sure who
  4. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,331) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Yeah you always forget someone....I tthink just based on their longevity alone they deserve a spot plus they really do some top notch beers.
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  5. ben4bier

    ben4bier Initiate (140) Mar 3, 2013 Minnesota

    I was just thinking the other day that they are really working hard to turn their image around, a few years ago they were kind of looked down at by many beer snobs for brewing too malty and not doing any of the trendy styles. the issues leinies battles I suppose. now they seem to have struck a nice balance between their tradition of quality German lagers and being innovative on some stuff. not sure how you recognize just one person from brewery with that much history, so maybe just a peacock to represent them.
  6. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (246) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Ted Marti needs to be on there


    Good article, he should be on there. With out him, no Grain Belt, which would be a bummer. And quite possible it would have been sold to a bigger company. Plus have you ever been to Bock Fest? Worth the trip in February

    I think someone from Blue Max should be on there, Jim or one of the owners. If you wanted "different" beer 10 years ago, that is about the only place you could find it
  7. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (415) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Fuckin' love Schell's. Someone from there has got to be included along with Todd, Stutrud, and Agnew.
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