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The best people.

Mark Lelwica

Mark Lelwica

President/Bad Cop

Since I am the author of this page, I get to say whatever I want about myself.  Born and raised down the tracks in Staples, MN, I have more recently been a stay at home dad for 15 years.  The next thing I did was open a brewery.  ‘Nuff said!  No really, it’s always been a passion of mine to create something, other than 3 children and household chaos with my forgetfulness and frequent tirades on how our house is such a mess, while most of it is my fault.  Just ask my youngest about the time I forgot to pick him up from practice.  1 time out of several hundred times I remembered to get him.  I wonder what he will remember more. Not fair!
HollyRose McKnight

HollyRose McKnight

Taproom Manager/Event Coordinator

Yes, her title is long, and so are her duties.  Holly came to the rescue of Dan and Mark, who haphazardly tried to manage events, staff, finances, social media, etc…. She has not only brought a breath of fresh air to the Roundhouse crew with her experience in the industry, but she brings a level of organization and enthusiasm to the taproom managing events so all the Roundhouse Faithful who need yet another reason to visit us, have frequent and various reasons to do so.  So check out our events calendar, and sign up for our newsletter.  You will see Holly’s work at hand.   And visit the taproom, you will see the fruits of her awesomeness.
Kelson Grave

Kelson Grave

Server

If 2 graves are good, 3 is better, right?  Kelson rounds out the family Grave here at Roundhouse.  You will find Kelson working his tail off to get you the brew you want, keeping the place looking great, and always willing to share a story.  He can have a conversation about anything, but his love is music.  Try to stump him with some Rock Trivia, have him do a little air guitar.  Kelson will put you at ease knowing you are drinking the best beer in Brainerd!
Tyler Vork

Tyler Vork

Server

When Tyler isn’t fixing things related to the comfort of our homes, he is either slinging brews or dealing Cribbage at Roundhouse.  Our own personal dealer of happiness, weather in the form of beer, combinations of 15 and double runs, or smiles, he is THE man!  Always with a story to tell, Tyler brings a positive spin on anything.  Try to stump him, I dare you.
Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

CFO/Pretty Face/Good Cop

Why does Dan get the title Good Cop?  Because that’s his nature.  You can’t have a conversation with Dan and not laugh.  Impossible!  Dan brings years of business experience to the table, as well as great fun and inspiration.  Also from Staples, Dan works tirelessly (well, almost) to keep this train on the right track.  It’s a business after all, but it should be fun.  Dan keeps our priorities straight.  Without him, this train takes another track.
Christine Grave

Christine Grave

Server

When she walked through the door, I was scared.  Some background AC/DC music was going through my head.  Then she spoke, we chatted, and the rest is history.  You might think Christine is easy to spot because she’s 6’1”, but a brief conversation with her and you will realize she’s damn good at anything she does, and that is her gift.  And at Roundhouse, she makes you feel at home, she remembers your favorite brews, she listens to your stories and puts you at ease.  Unlike many AC/DC songs.
Bobbi Thiesse

Bobbi Thiesse

Server

Like many a Roundhouse employee, Bobbi was a regular customer who wanted to see how things went behind the bar.  And we are thrilled she did.  Where there is Chuck, there is beer.  Where there is light, there is sun.  And where there is stuff to do, there is Bobbi.  If you see Bobbi behind the bar, try to pin her down.  Seriously, I bet you can’t!  She’s a busy body and our non-stop in-house energizer bunny.  The more people, the merrier.  She loves being busy, so try to keep her happy by ordering another pint.

Patrick Wussow

Patrick Wussow

Server

Cool, calm, collected.  That’s Patrick in 1 word, because you can’t sum him up in 1 word.  Patrick was also a customer of ours from the beginning and decided he wanted to see how things looked from the other side of the bar.  So if he looks familiar, he may have been sitting next to you at the bar.  He is a people person who brings experience in civic planning and organization, as well as listening.  But don’t offer him a hug.  Patrick’s not a hugger.  However, he will hear your story and put you at ease, unless of course, AC/DC is playing over the speakers.  Then nothing can put you at ease.
Chuck Martin

Chuck Martin

Head Brewer

Originally from Staples (do you see a connection here?), Chuck is no stranger to hard work.  Growing up in a farming and railroading household with 5 siblings, Chuck is the life blood of Roundhouse.  We are thrilled his life’s path has brought him to us.  His experience and knowledge mixed with his creativity means not only will you get more traditional brews of exceptional taste, but you will also likely see one-off’s which will leave you saying “Yummy!” and thinking, “How does he do that?”  Chuck spends his time brewing, cleaning, creating, and all things related to the production of our brews.  No hair nets necessary!
Jeff Grave

Jeff Grave

Asst. Brewer/Server

Yep, we wear many hats at Roundhouse.  When Jeff isn’t complimenting his wife, Christine behind the bar with witty banter, detailed beer knowledge, and usually a good story or 2, he is Chuck’s right hand man.  Brewing and managing the brewhouse is probably a 4-person job.  Thankfully, Jeff can do the work of 2 people when needed.  Ask him about his home brewing.  And motorcycles, his other passion.
Mary Egan

Mary Egan

Server

When Mary isn’t managing things at a local elementary school, she is keeping track of things at Roundhouse.  Mary came to us with a smile and such great energy it’s inspiring.  She brings a level of enthusiasm few have.  Her positive attitude is contagious.  I dare you to try to have a conversation with her and leave feeling worse.  Really?  Who wants to do that anyways?

Golden Spike IPA

The eastern and western lines of Northern Pacific's transcontinental railroad were joined together near Independence Creek in western Montana in 1883. To commemorate the occasion, the first spike driven at the start of railway construction near Carlton, Minnesota was used to connect the last section of rail. It was named the Golden Spike, and was driven home by NP President Henry Villard, former US President Ulysses S. Grant, and Henry C. Davis, who had driven that first spike. Our Golden Spike, commemorating the completion of construction at Roundhouse Brewery, is a golden colored Imperial IPA, loaded with premium brewers and dark crystal malts, generous doses of Mosaic and Crystal hops for aromas of citrus, spice, and blueberry, and Magnum hops for a clean bittering finish.

8.9% ABV, 87 IBU, 10 SRM.

Angel Seat Amber Ale

The “angel seat” on a train is the raised observation seat up in the cupola of the caboose. From the angel's seat, a conductor could watch the train, looking for hot boxes (overheated wheel bearings) or fires started by hot cinders flying out of the locomotive. It's the highest seat on the train. Our Angel Seat Amber Ale will put you in the best seat in the house, too. Smooth, malty flavor and aroma, with a crisp, clean hoppy finish.

5.7% ABV, 40 IBU, 15 SRM

Narrow Gauge Session IPA

Narrow Gauge Session IPA - A narrow gauge railway is one where the tracks are set closer together than in a standard gauge railway. A narrow gauge railway might not carry as much of a load, but they can get trains into places where it might be hard for a bigger train to maneuver. Our Narrow Gauge IPA is a crisp, light bodied, low alcohol beer, but with a clean, dry, hoppy finish and enough of a fruity, citrusy hop aroma and flavor to let you know you’re still on the right track.

4.2% ABV, 42 IBU, 4 SRM

Cinder Dick IPA

A cinder dick was a railroad policeman. Cinder dicks spent their days walking the cinders of the railyard, looking for thieves trying to break into boxcars, investigating wrecks for wrongdoing, or riding the trains guarding valuable freight. A hard, bitter job that deserves a bitter beer. Cinder Dick IPA is brewed with pale and dark crystal malts for balance, with Columbus, Northern Brewer, Cascade and Mosaic hops for a floral and citrus aroma and a strong, clean hop finish.

5.8% ABV, 76 IBU, 9 SRM

46 North

Your paddle slips into the still water, breaking the reflection of spruce trees and tamaracks, while off in the distance a loon calls into the quiet. You’ve crossed over into the north. Brewed with certified organic malts and hops, and wild-grown, traditionally harvested wild rice, 46 North is a tribute to the lakes and prairies of our beloved northlands. Crisp and clear, with an earthy finish, this is a beer that will take you to the lakes.

6.2% ABV, 14 IBU, 6 SRM.

Runaround Rye

A Runaround, in railroad terms, is to disconnect an engine from one end of a train, run it around to the opposite end and start the train in the opposite direction. Our Runaround is a German-style rye ale that is brewed with malted barley and rye, for a dry, spicy flavor. Dark malts are used for color and malt flavor, and mild banana and clove flavors are contributed by the yeast, and Hallertauer hops for
a mild bitterness.

5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, 12 SRM.

Cowcatcher Ale

A cowcatcher is a scoop placed on the front end of a locomotive to clear cows (and other debris) from a track. Our Cowcatcher is a California Common style ale, good for clearing the debris from your day. Pilsner malt creates a clean, mild malt flavor, crystal malts add a bit of complexity and color, and Northern Brewer hops contribute a subtle piney, earthy aroma and mild bitterness.

4.5% ABV, 42 IBU, 8 SRM.

Old Betsy Brown Ale

The first locomotive in the Northern Pacific Railway was a wood-burning engine named the Minnetonka, and it's job was to haul ties, rails, and other supplies used to help build the railroad along the line westward as it was constructed and advanced  from Carlton, Minnesota. When the line was completed, the locomotive was sold to the Polson Lumber Company. It was renamed “Old Betsy” and hauled timber until 1928 when it was retired and abandoned. Old Betsy was recovered by the Northern Pacific Railway in the mid '30s and restored it to working order. The sturdy little locomotive is still owned by the BNSF Railroad and is on permanent loan to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth. Our Old Betsy is a sturdy malt-forward Northern English-style brown ale, with 2-row premium brewer's malt and dark malts for complexity and rich flavor, with balance provided by Magnum and Northern Brewer hops.

5.1% ABV, 30 IBU, 17 SRM.

Boom Lake Lager

The east shore of Boom Lake was the site of the Brainerd Brewing Company, established in 1881. The Brainerd Brewing Company produced a lager using “ … a malt produced in Minnesota and the best domestic hops … obtained from the Pacific coast, [and] a considerable quantity of German hops….” (from Special Publication, 1910, p. 16, Brainerd Tribune, A. J. Halsted, Editor and Publisher). The brewery was forced to close down permanently in 1915. To honor the tradition established in those bygone days, we’ve developed our own premium lager, using pilsner malt produced in Minnesota, balanced by American Crystal and German Northern Brewer hops. Crisp, light bodied, with a mild malt flavor and aroma. We think our predecessors would be proud. We certainly are.

5.3% ABV, 22 IBU, 4 SRM.

Manley’s Wee Heavy

Manley Cunningham, our brewer’s grandfather, was a railroader for all of his adult life, starting out as a crew caller for the Northern Pacific in the days of steam locomotives until retiring as an engineer for Burlington Northern in the days of diesel. Manley’s Wee Heavy is a Strong Scottish Ale, dedicated to the memory of all of the men and women who work the rails. Full bodied and malty, with hints of currants and caramel, and a rich dark color and malty aroma.

8.9% ABV, 26 IBU, 34 SRM.

Night Shift Coffee Stout

When you’re on the night shift, sometimes the choices are simple - beer or coffee? But who wants to make decisions after a long night on the graveyard shift? We’ve made things even easier for you. Night Shift is a rich, dark, full bodied stout with hints of chocolate and a touch of  sweetness. Then we added coffee blended for us from our friends at Reality Roasters in Little Falls, to give it that gorgeous coffee aroma and flavor. So now, your choice is simple. Get both.

6.5% ABV, 15 IBU, 64 SRM.

Rule G Belgian Tripel Ale

Rule G is a prohibition against railroad employees working while intoxicated. Our Rule G is a Belgian-style Tripel ale. Light bodied and crisp, pale yellow colored, and with a fruity aroma and flavor, you’ll want to drink this beer all day, but it may surprise you. Don’t run afoul of Rule G.

8.8% ABV, 25 IBU, 6 SRM

Rule G Belgian Tripel Ale

Rule G is a prohibition against railroad employees working while intoxicated. Our Rule G is a Belgian-style Tripel ale. Light bodied and crisp, pale yellow colored, and with a fruity aroma and flavor, you’ll want to drink this beer all day, but it may surprise you. Don’t run afoul of Rule G.

8.8% ABV, 25 IBU, 6 SRM

Crow Wing Cream Ale

Cream ales are one of the first uniquely American beers,  and the Crow Wing River runs deep through the memories and the culture of central Minnesota. To honor those histories, we've created Crow Wing Cream Ale.  A blend of barley malt, wheat and corn and German Hallertauer hops provide balance, to make a crisp, smooth, refreshing beer.

5.5% ABV, 23 IBU, 3 SRM.

#10 Hefewiezen

Northern Pacific Locomotive  #10 was a coal fired tender that worked in the rail yards in Brainerd for decades, switching cars, hauling coal for the power plant, and other duties. After being retired, it stood as a fixture at Brainerd’s Lum Park for years during the 1980’s. It’s the locomotive featured in the picture on our website. By a remarkable coincidence, our hefewiezen ale is the 10th beer that we’ve brewed in our lineup. The German-style wheat beer yeast suspended in the beer adds hints of clove and banana, while the white malted wheat adds a grainy sweetness. Crisp, refreshing, with a dense, white head and light body make this a perfect summer beer.

5.1% ABV, 15 IBU, 4 SRM.

Coal Train Porter

Think of sooty dark cars loaded with anthracite, moving through the night, dancing to the music of the rails. A robust porter, dark as night and smooth as jazz. Flavors of roast malt, coffee and cocao, with a mild caramel sweetness for balance.

5.6% ABV, 40 IBU, 28 SRM.

Spur Line Gluten Free Ale

A spur line is a track that takes you away from the main line. Spur Line is a gluten free ale, dark and hoppy enough so that you know that you are on the right track, even if it’s not where everyone else is going.

6.5% ABV, 42 IBU, 20 SRM

Driftbuster Winter Ale

In railroad terms, a Driftbuster is an engine with a plow attached to clear snow off tracks so regularly scheduled trains can get through.  When the snow flies and the temperature drops, you need something to get you through those long wintry days.  Our Driftbuster is a dark, malty ale with a delicious blend of vanilla and clove with shades of nutmeg and molasses.

7.5% ABV, 35 IBU, 37 SRM

Detonator Doppelbock

Detonators were frequently used in the building of railroads where explosives were necessary to level the bed for track to be laid.  Keeping with tradition that Doppelbock’s names end with -ator, we named this traditional styled Doppelbock the Detonator.  You will find this dark, full bodied lager has a big malty flavor paired with a strong sweet aroma and just a bit of roasted malt.  The Northern Brewer and Crystal hops add just the right bitterness for a smooth ride all the way down.   Just the way riding the rails should be.   

8.7% ABV, 20 IBU and 21 SRM.

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218-454-BREW

1551 Northern Pacific Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

info@roundhousebrew.com

Roundhouse Brewery