Brewery opens in Superior for the first time in 50 years

Earth Rider Brewery is celebrating it's launch week.
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Earth Rider Lead Brewer Allyson Rolph inspecting the wort during mash-in.

Earth Rider Lead Brewer Allyson Rolph inspecting the wort during mash-in.

After two years of development, a new brewery has arrived in the Twin Ports.

Earth Rider Brewing Company is celebrating its launch in Superior, Wisconsin this week. The brewery is a new concept from Tim Nelson, who is part of craft beer consulting group Bev-Craft and co-founder of Fitger's Brewhouse (Minnesota's fifth craft brewery). 

The $2.5 million brewery sits in an old warehouse at 1617 North Third Street, across from the taproom, which is located in the historic, 16,300-square-foot Cedar Lounge – a renovated bar that was originally built by Northern Brewing in 1912.

Check out this time-lapse video of the brewery's construction:

With Earth Rider's launch week kicking off on Tuesday, this is the first time in 50 years that a brewery has operated in Superior. Northern Brewing stopped making beer there in 1966.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating this milestone,” Nelson said in a news release. “The brewery has been in planning and construction for two years. It feels good to finally be back doing what we love, brewing world-class beer for our community here in the Twin Ports.”

Earth Rider will have five beers on tap for launch week (Nov. 21-25): Precious Material (a German Helles lager), Earth Rider Pale Ale, Earth Rider IPA, North Tower Stout, and Apricrush Tart (a kettle-sour wheat ale with natural apricot).

Each night will also feature prize raffles, free brewery gear, and live music from local bands.

Earth Rider is the second brewery that Bev-Craft has worked on. The other is Hoops Brewing in Duluth, a project by Dave Hoops – a former brew master at Fitger's who is also part of Bev-Craft.

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