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“Beer Book” update: Off to the Presses!

Four years after work began in earnest on Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior—and forty years after coauthor Pete Clure’s first started researching and collecting all things related to brewing in the Twin Ports—final corrections have been made and the layout files are off to the printer!

The book covers from 1859 to today, telling the stories of pioneer brewers and the four major historic breweries that served Duluth and Superior from 1885 to 1972 and introducing readers to the modern craft brewers who since 1994 have turned the Twin Ports into a beer-lover’s paradise. Its 224 pages are packed with nearly 600 lithographs and historic and modern photos.

We’ll be celebrating the book’s launch on Thursday, September 20 at Clyde Iron, a block away from what remains of Duluth Brewing & Malting (1898–1966). Coauthor Tony Dierckins will present a brief history on brewing beer at the Head of the Lakes with Lake Superior Water. He and Clure will be on hand to sign books afterward, and there will be plenty of local craft beer on hand. And everyone who buys a book will receive a “Breweriana Collectors’ Starter Kits” containing vintage Fitger labels.

On each Tuesday in October Dierckins will be presenting on the history of all four major historic breweries at different venues in Duluth and Superior—sort of a “get your history where it was made—or is being made” mini-tour. Fitger’s at the Fitger’s Complex; West Duluth’s People’s brewing at Beaner’s Central in West Duluth; the West End’s historic brewery, Duluth Brewing & Malting, at the West End’s newest brewery, Ursa Minor Brewing; and Superior’s Northern Brewing at the Cedar Lounge, built by Northern in 1912 as a tied-house saloon and now Earth Rider Brewing’s taproom. Dierckins will also reprise the history of brewing with Lake Superior water at the Bent Tap, the taproom for Bent Paddle, which set up shop in Duluth specifically for access to that water. Both authors will be on hand to sign books.

All events are free and open to the public, and you can get details about times and dates here. To preview or pre-purchase the book (there will be only a limited number of hardcovers) click here.


  1. Jeff Lemke on August 14, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Hey Tony—CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t wait to see the Beer Book and page thru it over a few pints. Cheers!

  2. Donna Scott Schuldes on August 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Sounds like a super time; I am a beer snob — born and raised in Duluth on Park Point — as close to the water as one can get!!

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