“Naturally Brewed” Book Events

All events are free and open to the public, and local craft beer will be served at each event!



Book Launch Celebration

With author presentation & book signing
DATE: Thurssday, September 20, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Clyde Iron Works
BEER: Clyde Ale and beer from Lake Superior, Castle Danger, and Bent Paddle
Join authors Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure as we celebrate the launch of Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better at Clyde Iron, just a block away from the historic site of the Duluth Brewing & Malting plant, once the pride of the West End (aka Lincoln Park). Dierckins will provide a brief presentation on the history of brewing with Lake Superior water from the 1870s until today, and both he and Clure will sign copies of the softcover and limited-edition hardcover (not available in stores). And everyone who buys a book will receive a “Breweriana Collectors’ Starter Kits” containing vintage Fitger labels.

Everyone Here Likes Fitger’s Beer: The Fitger Brewing Co.

Author signing to follow presentation; sponsored by the Bookstore@Fitger’s
DATE: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: August Fitger Room, Fitger’s Complex, 600 Superior St., Duluth
BEER: Fitger’s Pale Ale and varieties from Castle Danger and Bent Paddle
The roots Duluth’s Fitger Brewing Company go back to 1881, when Mike Fink established the Lake Superior Brewery along Superior Street at 5th Avenue East. August Fitger and Percy Anneke took over in 1885 and grew the brewery into the largest manufacturer of beer in the Lake Superior region, and when it closed in 1972 it was the longest-lived manufacturing concern at the Head of the Lakes. Discover how Fitger’s survived stiff competition, the Temperance movement, Prohibition, and two world wars only to succumb as regional breweries disappeared in the 1960s and 70s. But the facility survived to incubate Minnesota’s craft-brewing revolution as the first home of Lake Superior Brewing Co., the state’s first craft brewery. Get your history where it was made: The event takes place inside the historic Fitger Brewery stockhouse!

A Brewery for the…People? West Duluth’s People’s Brewing Co.

Author signing to follow presentation; co-sponsored by Zenith Bookstore & Beaner’s Central
DATE: Tuesday, October 9
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave., Duluth
BEER: Varieties from Bent Paddle, Earth Rider, and Lake Superior Brewing
The history of West Duluth’s People’s Brewing Company is steeped in legend and myth. Many believe it was the result of a socialist movement, a revolt of tied-house saloonkeeper’s against the very breweries who supplied their beer. Find out if the legend is true, and how People’s failed during Prohibition but re-emerged in the 1930s and thrived in the 1940s after introducing Regal Supreme—whose “spokesperson” was none other than Duluth namesake Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut—only to close fifty years after it first made beer from Lake Superior water.

Naturally Brewed: 150 Years of Making Beer with Lake Superior

Author signing to follow presentation; limited-edition hardcovers available at this event
DATE: Tuesday, October 16
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: The Bent Tap, 1832 W. Michigan St., Duluth
BEER: Bent Paddle’s flagship and pilot beers on tap
Brewing in Duluth and Superior began in 1859, but it wasn’t until 1869 that someone started using Lake Superior Water in the brewing process. Beginning in the 1930s, the Twin Ports’ breweries began marketing their beers by reminding drinkers they were made with chemically pure Lake Superior water. And it wasn’t just hype: local brewmasters knew that Lake Superior water is special, allowing brewers to make beer without adding chemicals to treat the water. Join us to find out why, and get a complete overview of the history of brewing at the Head of the Lakes along the way. Get your history where it is being made: Bent Paddle Brewing’s founders chose Duluth as its home so they could brew with Lake Superior water.

We Made It Good, You Made it Famous: Superior’s Northern Brewing Co.

Author signing to follow presentation; limited-edition hardcovers available at this event
DATE: MONDAY, October 22
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: The Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. 3rd St., Superior
BEER: Earth Rider’s flagship beers on tap
When Northern began brewing in 1898, it was one of three breweries operating in Superior. Ten years later it stood alone. Discover the story of how Northern became a political force in Superior and the city’s largest real-estate holder until Prohibition led to the brewery’s demise, as well as the tale of its reemergence and then struggle to hold on as large breweries began swallowing up their smaller competitors. Includes the history of Superior’s pioneer breweries (1859-1874) as well! Get your history where it was made: the Cedar Lounge—today the taproom for Earth Rider Brewing—was built in 1912 by Northern Brewing as a tied-house saloon!

Make a Date with 58: Duluth Brewing & Malting Co.

Author signing to follow presentation; limited-edition hardcovers available at this event
DATE: Tuesday October 30
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Ursa Minor Brewing, 2415 W. Superior St., Duluth
BEER: Ursa Minor’s flagship beers on tap
When Duluth Brewing & Malting just started making beer in 1898, the legend goes, a moose wandered through the brewhouse yard, inspiring founder Reiner Hoch to label his brew “Moose Brand Beer.” DB&M thrived until Prohibition and reemerged in the 1930s with its Royal Bohemian brand, which later became Royal 57. Fearing it would be called “The Ketchup Beer” due to the popularity of Heinz 57, it was renamed Royal 58, but its own popularity enough to keep the beer flowing after 1966. Get your history where it is being made: Learn about the West End’s historic brewery at Ursa Minor, the newest brewery (and home to wood-fired pizza!) in the West End, aka the Lincoln Park Craft District!