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Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors

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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 with a much larger brewing system, allowing us to brew enough beer to expand further into Minnesota and add a canning line. We distribute our beer in Minnesota to bars & restaurants to enjoy by the glass and to liquor stores to buy canned beer. Our taproom is open year-round, with a fantastic patio overlooking Lake Superior.

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.

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.

Clint fell in love with the process and learning aspect of brewing, which sparked the idea of starting a small brewery to occupy his time during the slower winter season. After a few years, some good original recipes, and much research on brewing equipment, he decided to take the plunge. He ordered a 3bbl system with 2 fermenters and set to work on putting up the 700 square-foot building that would house the nano-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.

Soon realizing that 12 taplines and selling growlers only 2 nights a week couldn’t meet demand, we started work on our expansion into Two Harbors. Mandy (Jamie’s cousin) and her husband Lon Larson joined Clint & Jamie as business partners as the expansion project began. By the end of 2013, we were soon knee-deep in construction during the coldest winter on record. Our steel building frame even showed up on a 26-below-zero day in January.

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.
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  • The brewery has a big inside area as well as a big patio nice selections of beers ton of people ordering pizza at local joints. Nice souvenir area and game to play. WE were lucky they had a local... 
    The brewery has a big inside area as well as a big patio nice selections of beers ton of people ordering pizza at local joints. Nice souvenir area and game to play. WE were lucky they had a local...  more »
  • This place was pretty great for us. We ended up liking it enough to come back a second time while in the area. We wanted to take a break from hiking and moving so stopped here in the afternoon for a.....  more
    This place was pretty great for us. We ended up liking it enough to come back a second time while in the area. We wanted to take a break from hiking and moving so stopped here in the afternoon for a.....  more »
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  • Wife and I are on vacation in the area we picked up some food and stopped in. When we vacation breweries are one of the things we like to do. Sometimes I feel when you stop at a brewery and its the only one in town the beers are just kinda ok. Castle Danger is exceptional. We sampled 5 of their brews all were superb. The George Hunter Stout is everything you can ask for in a Stout and maybe possibly more. Don't miss this place if you are in the area.
  • Great beer selection and atmosphere. Plenty of outdoor seating and partial views of the lake. Saw a ocean ship come in. Oasis food truck s was solid. Worth a visit.

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