We have been brewing dangerously good ales on the North Shore of Lake Superior since 2011. After out-growing our 3-bbl brewhouse in Castle Danger, we opened a new location in downtown Two Harbors in 2014 with a 30-bbl brewing system, canning line, and year-round taproom overlooking Lake Superior. This allowed us to grow from 13 local tap lines to state wide distribution. Three years later, we built a packaging hall that houses all cold-side production, including canning, kegging and an expanded cooler. We also updated our taproom by increasing our tap lines from 10 to 22. Our beer is available throughout Minnesota where you find it at bars and restaurants or at your local liquor store.
Castle Danger beers are all designed with a flavor profile in mind. We may start with a base style, but expand upon it to create something unique. There are hundreds of great beers that are true-to-style available in the beer market. We prefer to use traditional brewing practices to produce unique, flavorful beers. In our minds, this is the only way to approach brewing.
Clint & Jamie MacFarlane started Castle Danger Brewery in 2011 as a small 3-barrel production brewery in Castle Danger, Minnesota, 12 miles northeast of Two Harbors off of Highway 61 at their small resort, Castle Haven Cabins, on Lake Superior.
THE FIRST BATCH
Homebrewing is how it all began. Castle Danger Brewery was an early thought when Clint first got into the hobby of homebrewing in 2006. He started developing his own original recipes in 2007. These recipes would eventually become what they are today.
THE ORIGINAL BREWERY
A GROWING BREWERY
For three years, Clint & Jamie sold growlers out of the Castle Danger location, fondly referred to as the shed or garage. Our long-time friend Mason Williams joined us in 2012. Clint trained him in as a brewer, as well as taking a few courses from the Siebel Institute of Technology. Our 3 bbl system allowed us to experiment with different ingredients, such as juniper, spruce tips, and maple syrup. It also limited the amount of beer we could produce, as well as only supplying 12 local bars & restaurants.
We are now happy to be brewing in downtown Two Harbors on a 30-bbl brewing system, complete with a canning line and taproom that seats 130 people. The move into Two Harbors has also given us the opportunity to be brewing with the finest water available: fresh Lake Superior water.