Archive Dive: Breweries of Minnesota‘s Iron Range

This week’s dive into the ZCP archive takes us north of Duluth to Minnesota’s Vermilion and Mesabi Iron Ranges to examine the two commercial breweries that operated on the Range prior to Prohibition. It’s a brief but interesting tale, including an effort by publicly disgraced Duluth alderman Mike Fink—who started the Lake Superior Brewery and sold it to his brewmaster, August Fitger—and the deceptive hijinks on Iron Range brewery that designed one of its labels to fool illiterate miners into thinking they were drinking Budweiser. From our book Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior. Check out the story here: