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Title: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: bcnihart on December 03, 2009, 07:54:12 PM
I am in the process of planning a new brewpub business in a small town in Minnesota.  The town has a population of about 200 with a lot of seasonal traffic and is on the Mississippi River.  I am looking for other brewpubs in small towns away from large metropolitan areas.  If you know of a nice brewpub, list the name and what you like about the place.  I would like to get a list of other businesses together and contact them to see how manage in a small market.

If you know of a cool brew-on-premise place, list them and give them a little free pub!
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on December 03, 2009, 10:55:48 PM
When I was in Nederland, CO a few years ago, I went to a small smokehouse and brewpub called Wild Mountain.  They had pretty decent BBQ and the beer was excellent.  It was a small place, but had a pleasant, mountain lodge-like atmosphere.  Here's a link to their site: http://www.wildmountainsb.com/.

Other than that, I haven't really encountered too many truly memorable brewpubs in small towns (at least in the U.S. -- there are plenty that I've been to overseas that I've loved).
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: corkybstewart on December 03, 2009, 10:56:57 PM
The Wellhead Pub in Artesia NM is a great one.  The beer and food are good, and as a homebrewer I've been able to meet and become friends with each brewer that's worked there.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 03, 2009, 11:22:24 PM
I visited brewpub in Mc Gregor IA. It is small town on missisipy. There is a small casino in the area.

Beer was great. Food was good and service was questionable.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: dbeechum on December 03, 2009, 11:25:00 PM
Not nearly as small as the area in which you're talking would be the Santa Maria Brewing Company in Nipomo, CA

http://www.santamariabrew.com/

Love these guys, they provide me refuge one day on a misadventure of mine that saw me driving back to LA from Firestone Walker with a used barrel hanging out in the back of an open Mustang convertible while it was raining.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: pdbreen on December 03, 2009, 11:32:03 PM
Waterbury, VT (pop. ~5,000) has one of the best I've ever visited - The Alchemist Pub & Brewery (http://www.alchemistbeer.com/).  The beer is awesome and the food is pretty darn good as well!
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: BrewingRover on December 04, 2009, 02:38:39 AM
If you haven't already, head over to probrewer.com. They seem like a friendly bunch (unless you're asking for five gallon recipes  :) )
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: Hokerer on December 04, 2009, 05:05:50 PM
Two you might want to check would be Blue Mountain in Afton, VA and Devils Backbone further down the road in Wintergreen.  Not sure what you consider a major metropolitan area, but Blue Mountain is 20-30 miles outside of Charlottesville and Devils Backbone is a little over 10 miles past that.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: johnrk on March 15, 2013, 11:55:41 PM
Spent some time in Michigan and found this place called Short Brewery. A nice micro with good selection. Live music on the weekends, they sponsor a lot of events too.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: euge on March 16, 2013, 01:18:04 AM
Well I always say we are the biggest smallest town in Texas. San Antonio has a pop of 1.5 million and only two brewpubs in the city that I'm aware of.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: redbeerman on March 20, 2013, 07:23:01 PM
Roosterfish in Watkins Glen, NY has great beers and an eclectic menu.  Small town with seasonal traffic.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: reverseapachemaster on March 20, 2013, 08:13:28 PM
Well I always say we are the biggest smallest town in Texas. San Antonio has a pop of 1.5 million and only two brewpubs in the city that I'm aware of.

But you have at least four times the number of brewery/brewpubs as Fort Worth.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: narvin on March 20, 2013, 08:25:08 PM
There were a few good brewpubs that we visited in Astoria, OR last year before NHC.  The town isn't 200 people, but it was small and seems like it would have seasonal tourism.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: hamiltont on March 20, 2013, 08:43:10 PM
Hey guys, the original post was back in 2009. Looks like Bob is going strong now...  http://www.rlbrewingco.com/ (http://www.rlbrewingco.com/)
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: a10t2 on March 20, 2013, 11:42:48 PM
Well, since we're all here anyway, I'd suggest a stop at Two Mile Brewing* in beautiful Leadville, CO (pop. 2600).

*Opening Spring 2013.
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: narvin on March 20, 2013, 11:56:16 PM
Well, since we're all here anyway, I'd suggest a stop at Two Mile Brewing* in beautiful Leadville, CO (pop. 2600).

*Opening Spring 2013.

Spring? Can't you just fast forward 3 years in a wink like the time traveling OP did?

I swear the post looked new when I read it...
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: Iliff Ave Brewhouse on March 21, 2013, 04:16:43 AM
There were a few good brewpubs that we visited in Astoria, OR last year before NHC.  The town isn't 200 people, but it was small and seems like it would have seasonal tourism.

Fort George is a great brewery in Astoria.

I would maybe look into breweries in ouray, silverton, and telluride, Colorado. They are all pretty small towns with a lot of tourism. Colorado boy is in ridgeway which has a population of 900. I haven't been there yet though
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: dirk_mclargehuge on March 21, 2013, 01:33:25 PM
Well I always say we are the biggest smallest town in Texas. San Antonio has a pop of 1.5 million and only two brewpubs in the city that I'm aware of.

But you have at least four times the number of brewery/brewpubs as Fort Worth.

And twice the number as Eola, TX (pop. 218).  ;D
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: barliman on March 25, 2013, 01:35:15 PM
I visited brewpub in Mc Gregor IA. It is small town on missisipy. There is a small casino in the area.

Beer was great. Food was good and service was questionable.

As soon as I read the thread title, I was going to post about this very brewpub.  The name of the brewpub is Old Man River http://oldmanriverbrewery.com/.  They are not open year-round, so if you attempt to contact them, they may not respond right away.  I definitely agree with Thirsty Monk in regards to the beer being excellent.  I didn't eat while there, so I can't comment on the food.

J
Title: Re: Small Town Brewpubs
Post by: euge on March 25, 2013, 09:35:31 PM
"Lame-hip disease..."