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ABV = Alcohol by Volume
IBU = International Bittering Units – a measure of beer bitterness from hops.
SRM = Standard Reference Measurement – a measurement of beer color. The higher the SRM, the darker the beer.

 

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.

Whistlestop Blonde is a light bodied gluten free beer* with an assertive hoppy bitterness, made for those of us who like beer, but find that barley beer doesn’t like us. Brewed with sorghum malt, Belgian candi sugar for color and lightness, and Denali hops for bittering and a floral aroma. This might be the station that you need to stop at. 5.6% ABV, 43 IBU, 5 SRM

*Made on equipment that also processes wheat and barley. We take every precaution to avoid cross contamination, but we cannot guarantee that this product is completely gluten free.

Nothing says “good morning” quite like the whistling of a hot kettle on the stove. That same sound could spell danger to the engineer of a leaky steam engine, known as a teakettle, however. Bring your day full circle with this wheat ale infused with real Earl Grey tea for a full-bodied, bready but sweet beer with a refreshing hit of bergamot, and be sure to watch those rivets. Contains lactose. 4.3% ABV, 20 IBU, 4 SRM

After a long session on the links, a refreshing beverage can be the perfect way to wrap up the day. But maybe you’re one of those people who don’t want beer, and would prefer a more civilized drink. Perhaps a sweet tea with a bit of lemon? If this sounds good to you, then it’s Tea Time! A fermented malt beverage, nicely sweet and flavored with iced tea and lemonade, just the thing for after your tee time. 6.5% ABV.

A beer as crisp and clear as Gull Lake ice in January, but with enough body to sustain you out there as you watch your tip-up. Brewed exclusively for the Brainerd Jaycee’s  Ice Fishing Extravaganza. 5.3% ABV, 21 IBU, 6 SRM.

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 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.

“Jubilee” class locomotives were steam engines, used primarily in Great Britain. They were fast, even by modern standards, with maximum speeds over 100 mph. They did not have a lot of pulling capacity, although they were very fast, so the design didn’t get much use in the US. And, let’s not forget that a jubilee is also a celebration. Our Jubilee is a clean, bright, hard seltzer, flavored with any number of interesting fruit, herbal, and floral combinations. Made with all natural and  gluten free ingredients*, and with low carbohydrates, it’s a celebration in your glass. At 5.4% ABV, it’s not hauling a heavy load, but it’ll go pretty fast. 
165 Calories per 12 oz pour (109 calories from the alcohol, 56 calories from the residual sugar)
16 grams of carbohydrates

*Made on equipment that also processes wheat and barley. We take every precaution to avoid cross contamination, but we cannot guarantee that this product is completely gluten free.

Train engineers are always nervous about approaching a bank of fog on the track, because you never know what’s on the other side. You don’t have to worry about that with our Fog Bank Hazy IPA. Full bodied, but citrusy and refreshing, with moderate bittering, and loaded with hop flavor and aroma. Break through the Fog Bank today. 5.7% ABV, 45 IBU, 6 SRM

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.

This bubbly, refreshing, magical drink is a fermented sweet tea that has been around for thousands of years, first created in ancient Chinese culture. It’s similar in taste to a flavored pop, only without all the unhealthy junk. Through fermentation, it becomes a healthy, probiotic-rich beverage with endless health and wellness benefits.

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.

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. Contains lactose.

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

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. 4.0% ABV, 42 IBU, 4 SRM.

According to local legend, there is a ghostly train that you can hear sometimes late at night, running under the full moon on the abandoned rail lines of the north woods. The whistle, when it blows, makes a ghostly sound like “razz wheee”. We’ve created a raspberry wheat ale, light, slightly tart, and sweet, to help put these restless spirits to rest. Or at least give them something to drink when their run is finished. 5.4% ABV, 17 IBU.