Minnesota's oldest beer is getting bottled today – for the first time in 60 years


The first beer ever brewed in Minnesota is being bottled Thursday for the first time in decades.

Anthony Yoerg came to Minnesota from Germany and began brewing beer and cold-fermenting beer in caves along the Mississippi River back in 1848 – 10 years before Minnesota became a state, The Growler reported.

Yoerg Beer closed its doors in the 1950s, Yoerg Beer’s website says, but now Thomas Keim and Carole Minogue are bringing it back.

“We want to act like the brewery never closed and never aged,” Keim told The Growler, noting the red and white artwork from around 1910 isn't going anywhere. “This is the label until I die.”

And they're bottling the first batch in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Keim told BringMeTheNews.


Keim plans to move production to St. Paul (where the original brewery was), he just needs to find an "old, pre-1900 building" for the nanobrewery.

He's looked at a few spots, but hasn't finalized anything yet.

The beer

Yoerg plans to release four types of beer over the next year, the first being Yoerg’s Beer – a 100 percent steam-brewed “malty, roasty/toasty beer."

It’ll be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and half barrels, the brewing company says.

Yoerg is also expected to release three other styles: Bock Beer, a traditional bock, expected in the late fall; Picnic Beer, a summer seasonal pilsner, expected in summer 2017; and Strong Beer, a winter seasonal doppelbock, expected in winter 2017, the company’s website says.

Check out Yoerg’s website for a detailed look at Minnesota’s brewing history.

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