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Small Town Brewpubs
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:54:12 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!

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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 03:55:48 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).
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 03:56:57 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.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 04:22:24 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.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 04:25:00 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/

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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009, 04:32:03 PM »
Waterbury, VT (pop. ~5,000) has one of the best I've ever visited - The Alchemist Pub & Brewery.  The beer is awesome and the food is pretty darn good as well!
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009, 07:38:39 PM »
If you haven't already, head over to probrewer.com. They seem like a friendly bunch (unless you're asking for five gallon recipes  :) )
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009, 10:05:50 AM »
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.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 04:55:41 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.

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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013, 06:18:04 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.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2013, 12:23:01 PM »
Roosterfish in Watkins Glen, NY has great beers and an eclectic menu.  Small town with seasonal traffic.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 01:13:28 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.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 01:25:08 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.
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 01:43:10 PM »
Hey guys, the original post was back in 2009. Looks like Bob is going strong now...  http://www.rlbrewingco.com/
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Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2013, 04:42:48 PM »
Well, since we're all here anyway, I'd suggest a stop at Two Mile Brewing* in beautiful Leadville, CO (pop. 2600).

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