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Minnesota’s Craft Beer Culture

Author Katelyn Regenscheid, Foreword by Doug Hoverson

Minnesota Historical Society Press (November 3, 2020)

Crack open a cold one and venture into the fun and exciting world of Minnesota craft beers, taprooms, and brewmasters with this inside look at beer making and beer culture.


In recent years, Minnesota has developed one of the most vibrant and original beer scenes in the nation. Home to more craft breweries per capita than its famously beer-loving neighbor Wisconsin, Minnesota is pumping out an exciting array of innovative IPAs, spectacular stouts, succulent sours, and perfect pilsners—among countless other styles of lager and ale. These small-batch concoctions are taking their place alongside mass-produced national and regional beers on tap lines and in coolers throughout the state, forever changing the tastes of discerning beer drinkers in Minnesota and beyond. The relatively recent revolution in Minnesota craft brewing has led to an explosion of new breweries and taprooms, and in Pints North, Katelyn Regenscheid is here to guide you through the latest trends.

In addition to providing background history to Minnesota’s beer renaissance, Regenscheid introduces you to the people who helped build the craft-beer scene— the brewers, the entrepreneurs, and the consumers—bringing an insider’s perspective to the business and the beer. Indepth profiles of a selection of innovative and unique craft breweries illustrate the variety of approaches and offer a snapshot look at taprooms from Moorhead to Minnetonka, New Ulm to Nordeast.

Author information

Katelyn Regenscheid dove headfirst into her love of craft brewing by visiting every brewery with a taproom in Minnesota. In the process, she gained knowledge of her home state and discovered what Minnesota's craft beer industry had to offer: local talent, easy-going culture, and a damn good product. Regenscheid has worked in the craft beer industry as a consultant, tour guide, bar back, and in-house marketing manager, and she is author of the Beer and Life blog, where she chronicles her visits to the state's many taprooms. She lives in Minneapolis.

More about Katelyn in Paste Magazine

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Minnesota Reformer


Q&A with Beer Dabbler

Advance Praise:

Pints North not only sheds light on Minnesota’s beer history, it provides some great snapshots of where we are now and what hurdles still remain. The craft brewery profiles celebrate some of the breweries that have helped elevate Minnesota to one of the top craft beer states in the country.”
Lauren Bennett McGinty, executive director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild

“Katelyn has learned about taprooms from being an explorer, a regular, and an employee. She has learned how to see our modern beer-drinking experience from a number of angles and has a good sense of how the parts fit together. … After reading Katelyn’s book, you’ll see things in your favorite taproom in a broader context. Whether you’re drinking your favorite pilsner, imperial stout, or milkshake IPA, let the story behind it all enhance your enjoyment.”
From the foreword by Doug Hoverson, author of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota

“Katelyn Regenscheid’s Pints North picks up where Doug Hoverson’s definitive tome on Minnesota brewing history, Land of Amber Waters, leaves off, bringing us into the taproom era that has defined the craft beer landscape today. Pints North explains the power of the brewery taproom as a business model, community builder, and political paradigm shift, shared through the firsthand experience of an author who lives craft beer personally and professionally. An exceptional work that captures the spirit of today’s dynamic and shifting craft beer scene.”
Brian Kaufenberg, former editor in chief of The Growler magazine


  • 240 pages
  • 50 color photos, index, appendixes, bibliography
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN: 9781681341705

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