Fitger's Brewhouse co-founder is opening a new brewery in the Twin Ports

The co-founder of Fitger's Brewhouse is behind the project.
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Tim Nelson.

Tim Nelson.

The Twin Ports is getting another brewery.

Earth Rider Brewing Company will open in Superior, Wisconsin, later this year, the craft beer consulting group Bev-Craft announced in a news release Thursday.

Tim Nelson, who co-founded Fitger's Brewhouse (Minnesota's fifth craft brewery) and is part of Bev-Craft, is behind the $2.5 million project, with the goal of brewing Earth Rider's first beer in the late summer.

This will be the first brewery in Superior since Northern Brewing Company closed 50 years ago. And the brewery will have a connection to the past – Earth Rider will occupy the historic, 16,300-square-foot Cedar Lounge, which was originally built by Northern Brewing in 1912.

Currently, Cedar Lounge is a beer-centric tavern. Nelson plans to begin renovating the space this spring to include a brewhouse, taproom, outdoor beer garden and event space. Like this:

 Credit: Earth Rider

Credit: Earth Rider

Nelson picked the Twin Ports for his new brewery because of the many benefits the community provides, the release says, including a strong workforce, water from Lake Superior, and its growing number of craft beer drinkers.

“The head of the Great Lakes have a strong and growing indie beer culture, the best brewing water anywhere, and several outstanding breweries,” Nelson said in a statement. “We’re excited to produce a local product that bolsters the economy and culture.”

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. That's expected to open this spring.

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