A Special Guest

Friday morning brought a couple changes to our river town: the colder winds called for us all to break out our finest flannels, and the arrival of the grande dame of the river, the American Queen. Both of these changes are cause for excitement, but for the time being I am going to focus on the Queen.

Now, at our brewery, we don’t normally take the time to venture through Levee park as often as we should. However the lure of a six story floating hotel, that looks like it came straight from the pages of ‘Life on the Mississippi’ was too much for us to resist. Like a group of kids on a field trip, we oohed and aahed as we walked along her side, marveling at her glory.  As we watched the passengers disembark to explore our community, I felt a connection to them.  

See, I have recently moved to Winona. And while my days are spent trying to hurry along our construction process to get you all the best beer possible, my time has also been spent getting to know my new town. From trying my first Bloedow’s donut, to swimming in the river, I’m trying to experience as much of the area as I can. I know there will be time, but like the Queen’s guests, I can’t help but be excited about being here.

On Friday afternoon the American Queen slipped her moorings, and headed back downstream to her next port of call. So while the passengers of the Queen are now off exploring a new community, I get to stay in Winona and become a part of one.  While she keeps moving down the river like a beautiful dream, I’m sticking around to deepen my roots in my new home.

Dan Murphy
Taproom Manager

My favorite beer drinking season.

My favorite beer drinking season.

The hints are all around, and to be honest there is no real point in denying it anymore, fall is coming. Now for some that might upset them, and send them into a panicked frenzy to try absorb all the last moments of summer. I am not one of those people.

I am an unabashed fall elitist, a fallist if you will. From the random heatwaves of September to the coma inducing meals of Thanksgiving, I love it all. It also happens to be my favorite time of year to drink beer. Seasonal beer selection during these magical months are as varied as the weather you can get during them. Seasonal beers make these next few months something truly special, we say good bye to our bright and fruity summer beers, welcome forward our malty and smoky fall brews, and start to take a peek behind that curtain at the winter heavy hitters.

As we get ready to open our doors to you all this fall (another reason I love fall), I like to remind myself that this is a special time of year and to slow down and enjoy it. These are the days made for late night camp fires with friends with a crisp Märzen, stacking in the firewood for the winter with a smoky amber and looking up at the big night sky with warming porter.

So relax enjoy the season and don’t let it be ruined by moaning the loss of the summer, nor fearing the big bad of winter looming behind it. Fall is too special of time to be a second class season and its beers are too good not to be enjoyed. Where ever your fall leads you, we hope it leads you to somewhere where there is a beer waiting for you.


Dan Murphy
Tap Room Manager