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portage brewing company


Walker, Minnesota

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portage brewing company


Walker, Minnesota

 

Welcome to North Country. Portage Brewing Company is comprised of lake dwellers, bikers, fishermen, hikers, and home brewers who share a strong connection with the outdoors and craft beer. Being situated within Chippewa National Forest, off the banks of Leech Lake, we're focused on designing products around unique experiences through experimentation. From use of wild harvested yeast strains to a constant rotation of beer styles, we always hope to offer you something a little different.  

Current hours for the taproom are posted below. Also, be sure to stay updated with brewery happenings and area adventures by subscribing to In The North. Established in April of 2017.

On ahead,

 
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Taproom


HOURS / DIRECTIONS / space rental / beer to-go / Gallery

Taproom


HOURS / DIRECTIONS / space rental / beer to-go / Gallery

Located just two blocks south of Leech Lake in Walker MN, our space showcases an overhead view of our brewhouse, a walking art gallery available for rent, outdoor seating, games, a beer library, and food delivery options. All ages welcome.

hours

Wed & Thur: 4-9 / Fri & Sat: 12-9 / Sun: 12-5

Growler Policy

**All crowlers and growlers must remain refrigerated from the time of purchase. We sell 64 ounce vacuum insulated stainless steel, 750 mL vacuum insulated stainless steel growlers, and 750 mL crowlers™ cans. We also allow non-Portage branded growlers to be filled at our facility as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • Government warning must be printed on the bottle
  • 64 ounce or 750 mL mark must be printed on the bottle
  • The container must be clean 
  • The container must have a sealable lid
 

Traveling Here

Address: 107 5th St South, Walker, MN 56484

By Car: We are just south of Highway 371 on 5th Street South. Click the way-point on the right for Google Maps directions.

By Boat: We are just two blocks South of the Walker City Docks. With roughly 20 boat parking spots available, hop off and walk on up to the taproom. GPS Coordinates: 47°N, 94°W

By Bike: We are just two blocks South off the Heartland State Trail. turn onto 5th Street, heading away from the lake, and you'll see us just off to the left. Bike parking is available around back.

book event space

There are two options for renting space at our brewery. Please send email your inquiries to hello@portagebeer.com.

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ENTIRE TAPROOM
- Seats 50 people
- Unavailable During Business Hours

 

 

ART ROOM
- Seats 16 people
- Fits up to 25 people
- Available During
Business Hours

Gallery

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Brewery


Brewery


We focus on a complex and crushable brewing philosophy with experimentation at the center. We can't guarantee a set supply of beers, but will always have something malty, hoppy, and funky on tap. Whether that's brewing with locally harvested wild yeast, locally roasted coffee, or sticking to a historical kolsch - we're pushing to keep things interesting and approachable for both our customers and team alike. 

A few projects we've recently worked on:

 

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Beers


Beers


on tap:

COFFEECAKE / BLONDE ALE

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 5.2% / IBU: 18 / HOPS: NUGGET / MALT: PALE ALE, CARAPILS, CRYSTAL 15

Get your day started off right with our most popular, breakfast beer. Made with locally roasted Kaffe Havn coffee, Vietnamese cinnamon, and organic vanilla - the myriad of flavors in this beer lands closest to the taste of fresh coffee cake.

LOSTLULA / MIXED FERMENTATION FARMHOUSE ALE

Availability: Draft / Growlers / Crowler® Cans

ABV: 4.9% / IBU: 18 / MALT: 2 ROW, PILSNER, WHITE WHEAT MALT, ACID / BOIL HOP: STYRIAN CELEJA / DRY HOP: LORAL

Named after our resident brewery dog, Lula - this one’s for those long and hot dog walks of Summer. Light, refreshing, with floral notes of bubble gum, and citrus. 

BACKWOODS BREAKFAST / MAPLE SAP, MAPLE SYRUP, AND COFFEE RED ALE

Availability: Draft / Growlers / Crowler® Cans

ABV: 6.3% / IBU: 28 / HOPS: APOLLO / MALT: REDX, FLAKED OATS, FLAKD WHEAT, ACID MALT

When a local friend gives you 75 gallons of maple sap, you make a maple beer. Made with 50% maple (and 50% water), maple syrup, and locally roasted Kaffe Havn coffee - this beer was made for early mornings on the trail.

FIELDTRIP / WILD APA

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 5.6% / IBU: 33 / WHIRLPOOL + DRY HOP: CITRA, MOSAIC, VIC SECRET, EL DORADO, CHINOOK / MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, WHITE WHEAT MALT, ACID

Welcoming back a staple in our wild beer lineup. Made with our house culture of local yeast and a mess of fruity hops, bringing fragrant notes of juicy pineapple and pine.

AGGLOMERATION 03 / EXPERIMENTAL MIXED FERMENTATION IPA

Availability: Draft / Growlers / Crowler® Cans

ABV: 6.6% / IBU: 50 / WHIRLPOOL + DRY HOP: SIMCOE CRYO, EKUANOT / MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, WHITE WHEAT MALT

In the next rendition of our experimental IPA series, we layered our wild yeast blend on top of a juicy, dank hop profile.

GUAVA PINEAPPLE DREAMSICLE / WILD MILKSHAKE APA

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 6% / IBU: 33 / WHIRLPOOL + DRY HOP: CITRA, MOSAIC, VIC SECRET, EL DORADO / MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, WHITE WHEAT MALT, ACID

The milkshakey madness continues, in our next summer IPA release. Made with our house culture of wild yeast, and pounds of guava, pineapple, coconut, lactose, vanilla, and some seriously juicy hops.

JUICETREE / WILD DIPA

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 7.7% / IBU: 55 / WHIRLPOOL + DRY HOP: CITRA, MOSAIC, VIC SECRET / MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, MALTED WHEAT, FLAKED OATS

Made with locally harvested wild yeast, and pounds of citra, mosaic, and vic secret. Fragrant notes of citrus, mango, berry, and pine - with a slight alocholic bite.

BETA / NITRO PORTER

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 6% / IBU: 23 / MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, CARAMEL 55, PALE CHOCOLATE, CARAFA 2 SPECIAL

Chocolate, vanilla, and coconut come together in this summer style stout.

RANDALL INFUSION / LOSTLULA ON STRAWBERRIES AND PINEAPPLE

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 4.9% / IBU: 18 / MALT: 2 ROW, PILSNER, WHITE WHEAT MALT, ACID / BOIL HOP: STYRIAN CELEJA / DRY HOP: LORAL

Release radar:

POMEGRANATE CUCUMBER DREAMSICLE / VANILLA CHOCOLATE PORTER / RELEASE: 6/28 

CLOUDREST / MIXED FERMENTATION DIPA / RELEASE: 7/2

JALAPALOMA / SOUR SLUSHIE IPA WITH JALAPENOS, LIME, AND GRAPEFRUIT / RELEASE: 7/6

FOREST RESERVE 01 / SPONTANEOUSLY FERMENTED FLOWER SOUR / RELEASE: TBD

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Team


The minds behind our beer.

Team


The minds behind our beer.

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