A new brewery has opened in Crosslake, bringing even more fresh, local beer to the Whitefish Chain Area.
14 Lakes Brewery, located on County Road 66 in Crosslake just south of City Hall, is named for the 14 lakes that make up the Whitefish Chain. Owners Steve and Cindy Guttormson opened the brewery in the same building as their other business, Arnie's Meat and Seafood. Now run by Steve, Arnie's Meat and Seafood was started by Steve's father, Arnie. Steve and Cindy both love good beer, saw a need and figured they already had the fridge space to store all that delicious beer.
The brewery's standard lineup of beers will include three tasty varieties: Blonde Rush, Arnie's Awesome Amber, and Big Island Double IPA. Other rotating beers will also make their way across the taps. Cans of root beer are also available.
Pints are $6, and 10 oz. pours are generally $4, except for specialty beers. Growler refills are $13-18, or purchase a new growler plus fill for $18-23. New, empty growlers are $6.50.
The brewery has an industrial feel that's still warm and welcoming, with a large map of the Whitefish Chain and tanks of beer out in the open. Outside is a grassy patio with seating and a small gas fireplace for fall evenings.
The brewery's hours are Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Check the brewery's Facebook Page for updated info on what's on tap and more.
If you want to make a tour of the breweries, there are five more in the area to check out! Nisswa is home to Big Axe Brewery and Gull Dam Brewing, both great options. Big Axe is located right in downtown Nisswa and is attached to a restaurant (check winter hours). Gull Dam is located farther south in Nisswa in what locals call the Water Wheel Building (and that water wheel is powered by a giant beer tap!).
Continue south to Baxter and make your way to Jack Pine Brewery, which is in a beautiful new building just off Highway 371. They were the area's first brewery and continue to have fantastic beer and foster a great community. To get a taste of history as well as beer, your next stop on your beer tour is Roundhouse Brewery, located in the historic Northern Pacific Center, former home of Northern Pacific Railroad in Brainerd. The brewery is located adjacent to (and named for) the former roundhouse, where engines were serviced. Finally, head east to Crosby to visit Cuyuna Brewing Company, supplying beer to all the thirsty mountain bikers coming off the trails.
No matter which brewery you visit (or if you visit them all!) your bound to find delicious beer.