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portage brewing company


 

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Welcome to North Country. Portage Brewing Company is comprised of lake dwellers, bikers, fishermen, hikers, and home brewers who share a strong connection to the outdoors and craft beer. Being situated within Chippewa National Forest, off the banks of Leech Lake, we're designing products around the hearty conditions of Northern Minnesota. Whether that's a beer recipe or gear to pack it in, our products are tested and ready for the fishing holes, woodland hikes, and campfires that lie ahead.

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 / GROWLERS / Gallery

Taproom


HOURS / DIRECTIONS / space rental / GROWLERS / 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: 2-9 / Sat: 12-9 / Sun: 12-5 

(closed 2/14 for a private event)

Growler Policy

**All growlers must remain refrigerated from the time of purchase. We sell 64 ounce BPA free PETG plastic, 64 ounce vacuum insulated stainless steel, and 750 mL vacuum insulated stainless steel growlers - alongside 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 complex and crushable beers with a brewing philosophy to center experimentation. We'll never guarantee a set rotation 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 an old style like the English Mild - we're pushing to keep things interesting approachable for both our customers and team. 

A few projects we've recently worked on:

 

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Beers


Beers


on tap:

NONIC / PUB ALE

Availability: Draft / Crowler® Cans / Growlers

ABV: 5% / IBU: 18 / HOPS: NUGGET / MALT: PALE ALE, 2 ROW, CARAMEL 15, CARAMEL 55, CARAMEL 110, PALE CHOCOLATE, ACIDULATED

The lightest dark beer you've ever had. An English style session beer with low hop bitterness, and notes of caramel, coffee, and chocolate.

COFFEECAKE / BLONDE ALE

Availability: Draft / Crowler® Cans / Growlers

ABV: 4.7% / IBU: 24 / 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 land close to the taste of fresh coffee cake.

COCONUT COOKIE / AMBER ALE / ON NITRO

Availability: Draft Only

ABV: 5% / IBU: 26 MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, CARAMEL 15, CARAMEL 55, CARAMEL 120, PALE CHOCOLATE

Toasted coconut and cocoa nibs, puts this beer somewhere between a super drinkable dark ale and your favorite cookie.

MINNA / WILD TABLE BEER

Availability: Draft / Crowler® Cans / Growlers

ABV: 5% / IBU: 24 / HOPS: EL DORADO / MALT: PALE ALE, FLAKED OATS

Inspired by the Belgian tafelbier, this funky wheat ale is among our most complex and sessionable - packed with notes of wild flower, honey, and fruit from our house yeast strain.

HOPJUS / SESSION IPA

Availability: Draft / Crowler® Cans / Growlers

ABV: 5.5% / IBU: 38 / HOPS: MOSAIC, CHINKOOK, CASCADE /  / MALT: 2 ROW, PALE ALE, GOLDEN NAKED OATS, CARAPILS 

Designed for a long and flavorful drinking session, this brew provides hoppy notes of fruit, tropical fruit, and berries.

EVERYTHING BUT THE SINK / WINTER WARMER

Availability: Draft / Crowler® Cans / Growlers

ABV: 7% / IBU: 35    

A creation of every last malt and sugar, left in our inventory before Christmas vacation. Notes of alcohol, chocolate, dates, and caramel.

MAD AT MIDNIGHT / IMPERIAL COCOA WHEAT MOLE PORTER

Availability: Draft / Limited Edition Crowler® Cans

ABV: 8.5% / IBU: 36

As winter would have it, our days are tethered to a relentless and often maddening darkness. As we seek fire and shelter, the friends of night resurge and rejoice. Introducing Mad at Midnight, our inaugural celebration of winter. We carefully layered this imperial porter with ancho, New Mexican, japoné, and guajillo chilis, Vietnamese cinnamon, toasted cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and milk sugar - producing a comforting myriad of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon cake, and warming pepper flavors.

RANDALL INFUSION / BETA BLACK ALE ON COCONUT, KAFFE HAVN COFFEE & COCOA NIBS

Availability: Draft / Crowler® Cans / Growlers

ABV: 5.9% / IBU: 26 / HOPS: NUGGET / MALT: PALE ALE, 2 ROW, CRYSTAL 15 + 55, PALE CHOCOLATE, CARAFA II SPECIAL

In collaboration with Upstream Homebrewers, eighteen brewers aided with this brew day, and were gifted carboys of wort for experimentation. Join us on February 10th at Leech Lake Frostfest, for sampling and ranking of the beers. The 1st place experiment will be receive an invitation back to Portage for a commercial scale up of the recipe. Warm up with notes of rich caramel, coconut, dark coffee, and burnt chocolate.

DOROTHY'S / ROOT BEER (N/A)

IRONHORSE / CREAM SODA (N/A)

EVERFRESH / CRANBERRY JUICE (N/A)

 

Release radar:

MANGO STICKY RICE / WILD IPA / RELEASE PARTY: FRIDAY, 1/26 AT 5PM

It's time for a vacation, somewhere far away and warm. The brutality of winter made us do it. Let this tropical sand escape, made from fragrant el dorado and mosaic hops, mangos, toasted coconut, vanilla, and lactose, transport you there.

IDLEWILD / WILD IPA

MINNA / WILD TABLE BEER

 

COFFEECAKE / BLONDE ALE

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 land close to the taste of fresh coffee cake.

FOREST RESERVE #01 / WILD SOUR

This one's for our start - the very first place we were inspired to start this brewery - Chippewa National Forest. The extensive systems of towering conifers, critters, lakes, and tranquility that exists here.. it's unlike anywhere else on the planet. It's also home to our house strain of yeast, which has made its way, from the woods to our brewhouse, to this: a mixed fermentation sour made of 100% local wild yeast, foraged and harvested from the various berries, flowers, and bugs that call CNF home. 

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