New Roadhouse Brewery Celebrates Brainerd’s Past


As many of you history-buffs may know, the Northern Pacific Railway was instrumental to the beginnings of Brainerd.

In April of 2016, the Roadhouse Brewery opened in celebration of the railroad in one of the remaining buildings left of the Northern Pacific Railway. One of the brewery owners, Mark Lelwica, talks about the difficulties with opening a business in a 150 year old building – including things like the infrastructure and getting everything up to code. Their goal is to be THE brewery of Brainerd.

They have decorated the brewery with help from the Crow Wing County Historical Society, who helped them to find the perfect historical pictures to tell the area’s history. Patrons enjoy making connects to the pictures.

The beer menu is starting off rather traditional for now with cream ale, stout, amber, lager and IPAs all on tap. The brewery has won the bronze medal award at the Great American Beer Festival for it’s the Runaround Rye brew, which was handcrafted by head brewer Chuck Martin.

For more information about the Roadhouse Brewery, visit their website at:



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