TIMES STAFF REPORT
Beaver Island Brewing Co. co-founder Nick Barth answered a few questions about brews, food and Central Minnesotan roots. The local brewing company won the Best Made in Minnesota and Best Brewery awards in the 2017 Best Of Central Minnesota contest.
Central Minnesota roots were integral to the inception of Beaver Island Brewing Co. What makes Central Minnesota so great?
It’s where the city meets the country. You get the best of both worlds. You can have a small town feel while enjoying urban amenities. It’s also centrally located. It’s about an hour drive from everything from downtown, urban nightlife to fishing in the Brainerd lakes area.
What’s your favorite beer-and-snack combo?
Definitely some #4 pad thai with a ‘39 Red IPA. Also the seasoned pub pretzels from Shearer’s. We just started carrying them in the taproom and they go great with a pint of Ripple.
Is there a style of beer you’ve never brewed, but want to?
I think we would all like to experiment more with Brettanomyces (sour) beers. But I think that’s just around the corner. Chris (Laumb, brewmaster at Beaver Island Brewing Co.) has always wanted to do a Dunkel too.
What do you want Times readers to know about your business that they might not already know?
Oh, boy, good question. I feel like we’re kind of an open book but if anyone reading this doesn’t know how grateful we are for their support, that would be number one. It’s the loving people of this wonderful community that keep the lights on for us. Also, we are big into community and family. Many of our employees have families and it’s really important to us that they get time with them to enjoy all of the wonderful things this community has to offer.