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BASEMENT to Brewery Nick Barth and Matt Studer enjoy beer. Whether it’s drinking, brewing or selling, these young entrepreneurs hold big dreams to bring Beaver Island Brewing Company from the basement to greater Minnesota.
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fairly simple New Year’s resolution quickly turned an idea into something much bigger. On New Year’s Eve 2012, Nick Barth decided he wanted to take a stab at home brewing. With one goal in mind, sell beer to someone – anyone – within the year, he reached out to Matt Studer who had been home brewing for the better part of a decade.
Barth and Studer met at the Veranda Lounge where Nick tended bar and Matt and his wife frequented to listen to live music. “We started home brewing in a basement, which then turned into home brewing every Tuesday night,” Barth said. “One night, after indulging in the fruits of our labors, we decided
St. Cloud needed a brewery and we wanted to be the ones who brought it to the community.” A JOURNEY BEGINS Little did they know, a much larger journey had begun. Barth and Studer officially started home brewing together in spring 2013. Around St. Patrick’s Day, they decided they should brew and