Nisswa's Gull Dam Brewing closing at the end of the year

There will be no more Gull Dam beer in Minnesota.
Publish date:

A Brainerd Lakes area brewery is closing its doors at the end of the year. 

The owners of Gull Dam Brewery, Mark and Barb Anderson, announced on Facebook Monday that they're planning to retire following their final day in business on New Year's Eve. 

“This was a fun venture, our beer is world class and Mark and I have met so many wonderful people at the brewery,” said Barb Anderson.

Whether a new owner takes over the brewery or a new business enters the venue, which includes a taproom and event center along with outdoor seating and a stage for live music, is unknown, but the Andersons say they're selling the business. 

The brewery is known for its "I need a Gull Dam beer!" slogan, in spirit of the historic dam on Gull Lake, which is just a stone's throw away.

The brewery is also known for its minority shareholder, actor Kevin Sorbo, who needed a Gull Dam beer during Sunday's Vikings game. 

We can only assume this was Sorbo's reaction upon hearing the news about its impending closure.

According to The Growler, Gull Dam Brewing was the second brewery to open in the Brainerd Lakes area, which has since added Roundhouse Brewing in Brainerd, Big Axe Brewing in Nisswa, Cuyuna Brewing in Crosby and 14 Lakes Craft Brewery in Crosslake. 

The Growler notes that six Minnesota breweries have announced closures this year, including Great Waters Brewing in St. Paul, which served its last beer on Nov. 18. 

The Andersons have plans to throw a massive kegger as a retirement part on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 4-7 p.m. 

Follow Bring Me The News on Instagram

Next Up

vaccine, covid

Twin Cities police investigating COVID vaccine thefts in viral videos

Videos of both incidents were recorded and shared online.

Guthrie theater

Guthrie to reopen to the public in July, shows resume this fall

The theater has been closed to the public for more than a year.

Target - good and gather plant based

Target is launching more than 30 new plant-based grocery products

All are part of the company's hit Good & Gather brand.

Roller Garden

Roller Garden to auction off skates, signs, arcade games and more

Many items from the beloved Roller Garden will be up for auction next month.

joseph ness booking photo

Charges: Chanhassen man fired hundreds of rounds, killing his sister

Six rifles, including AR-15 and AK-47 variants, were found inside the home.

police lights

Woman robbed and assaulted at gunpoint in Waite Park, police say

The incident occurred on Sunday at around 11:30 p.m.

pixabay - marijuana cannabis

Marijuana legalization: Minnesota House to vote Thursday

The "historic" vote on the House floor is set for Thursday afternoon.

Alicia Hinze

St. Paul brunch favorite The Buttered Tin to open Minneapolis location

Alicia Hinze's breakfast spot and bakery is heading to Northeast.


Pioneering Minnesota brewery to close after 21 years

The St. Paul pub was far ahead of the Minnesota brewery boom

Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 10.55.46 PM

'Free the growler': Bill would allow all Minnesota breweries to sell growlers

Only five breweries in Minnesota are prohibited from selling growlers and beer to go because they're "too big."

Lift Bridge Brewery

Lift Bridge Brewery opening a taproom in Wisconsin this spring

The new facility will allow the Stillwater-based brewery to produce more beer while staying under the growler cap in Minnesota.

Summit Brewing wants Minnesotans to name its State Fair beer

The winning name last year was "Summit Lazy Sipper."

Screen Shot 2020-04-12 at 10.05.30 PM

Northbound can't keep up with growler demand, will go crowler-only

The south Minneapolis brewery has seen a huge increase in growler sales.


Indeed Brewing's Pistachio Cream Ale will now be available year-round

The local brewery's popular pistachio beer will now be available year-round

4 Minnesota brews are gold medal winners at prestigious beer fest

The Great American Beer Festival is the largest in the country.