Lift Bridge Brewing Company is a Minnesota-based craft brewery located in Stillwater, Minnesota. It is Minnesota’s 7th largest Craft brewery, well known for its flagship beers Farm Girl Saison® and Hop Dish® IPA. Lift Bridge currently distributes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. In 2018 the brewery produced over 19,000 barrels.
Lift Bridge Brewing Co. was founded in 2008 by homebrewers: Brad Glynn (current VP Marketing and Operations), Dan Schwarz (current CEO), Trevor Cronk and Jim Pierson. Originally brewing only for friends and family, they eventually began brewing bigger batches and sold their first keg of beer in September of 2008. In 2010 they moved into their current brewery space, eventually opening a taproom in 2011 taking advantage of the law allowing craft beer brewers to sell pints directly from the brewery. It is currently the oldest operating Taproom in the State of Minnesota.
In 2014, Lift Bridge became one of the first breweries in Minnesota to brew non-alcoholic craft root beer. Originally, the product was only available in the taproom until it was canned for retail distribution in 2017. Mini-Donut Cream Soda was released in 2018 and Black Cherry Soda will be released in 2019, both in 16 oz cans and distributed throughout the entire distribution footprint.
2019 will also kick off the launch of Lift Bridge Hard Seltzers in the Spring in 12oz slim cans. Introducing 3 mouth-watering flavors including: St. Croix Berries, Voyageur Citrus, and Northwoods Juice Box.
When 3 Floyds Brewing Co. joined forces with Danish gypsy brewer Mikkeller to open WarPigs Brewpub in Copenhagen in 2015, it became one of the first American craft breweries to establish a beachhead in Continental Europe.
Now the two internationally ranked breweries have launched WarPigs Brewing in the States. WarPigs Lazurite, WarPigs Salmon Pants and WarPigs Foggy Geezer were created for WarPigs Brewpub and embody 3 Floyds’ in-your-face metal-punk ethos and Mikkeller’s innovative style.