Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better

The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior

Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure

Paperback | 224 pages | Nearly 600 Photos & Lithographs | $25



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Beer brewing was the first industry at the Head of the Lakes, started in 1859 by German and French immigrants. Pioneer breweries bounced between economic booms and busts until 1885, when August Fitger took charge of the Lake Superior Brewery. Four major breweries—Fitger’s, Duluth Brewing & Malting, Northern, and People’s—served Duluth and Superior through their boom times, struggled during Prohibition, and thrived after its repeal—but could not survive the post-war consolidation that put an end to most regional breweries. Fitger’s closed in 1972, marking the end of Duluth’s oldest manufacturer—but the historic facility survived to incubate the area’s craft-brewing industry, helping to make the Twin Ports the beer-lover’s paradise it is today. Featuring nearly 600 historic and modern photos, Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better traces the history of the Twin Ports brewing industry from the 1859 to 2018 and introduces readers to today’s brewers.

Praise for this book:

Naturally Brewed Naturally Better is among the most beautifully illustrated local brewery history books of the last few decades.… It is eloquently written and features the best available scholarship on the breweries of the region…. Dierckins and Clure have created a must read for lovers of beer and history in and around Lake Superior.” — Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters and The Drink that Made Wisconsin Famous “[Naturally Brewed... is] both timely and timeless for the way it compiles nearly 160 years of Northland brewing history into 200-plus pages foaming over with glossy images, inside scoops and an overall story come full circle with the craft libations revival.” — Brady Slater, Duluth News Tribune