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Mystery over quiet closure of pioneering Duluth craft brewery

Lake Superior Brewing was way ahead of its time, launching in 1994.
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A brewery that has plied its trade in Duluth since 1994 has quietly closed its doors.

Lake Superior Brewing, the longest-running microbrewery in the city, appears to have closed its home at 2711 W. Superior St.

There was no announcement of the closure on its social media pages, nor on its website. The brewery produces a number of brews, including its Riptide IPA, Kayak Kolsch Style, and Mesabi Red Ale.

The last update on its Instagram page was on Dec. 1, announcing its closure for the day due to the huge snowstorm hitting the city, while the last post on Facebook came on Dec. 8, promoting happy hour pints that day.

But the Duluth News Tribune reports that the brewery has now been locked since at least last month, with the brewery's landlord, King Properties, confirming it had shut down.

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The brewery was founded by Don and Jo Hoag, John Judd III, Karen Olesen and Dale Kleinschmidt, but was taken over by new owners Lars Kuehnow and Lisa Blade in 2017.

The reason for its closure remains a mystery, with Kuehnow declining to comment when asked by the News Tribune, and they have also not commented when asked by the Star Tribune.

Bring Me The News has also reached out to the owners.

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