WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Brewery In Minnesota

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Brewery In Minnesota


HE HAS SOLD MORE THAN $1 BILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE. ONLY ONE BREWERY CAN BE YOUR FAVORITE SO LETS RAISE A GLASS WITH MIKE TO AUGUST SHELL BREWING COMPANY. THE STORY OF THE SHELLS BREWERY READS LIKE A BOOK YOU JUST CAN’T PUT DOWN. IF YOU ARE A HISTORY BUFF, KNOW THAT A TOUR THROUGH THE MUSEUM IS MUCH MORE THAN A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE. THE COUNTRY’S SECOND OLDEST BREWERY, THIS PLACE IS LITERALLY A TIME CAPSULE OF BEER BREWING HISTORY IN THE NEW WORLD. THEY NOW HAVE MY FULL ATTENTION. IN THE EARLY YEARS THERE WAR LOT OF STRUGGLES AND CHALLENGES THAT THE BREWERY FACED. CHALLENGES MIGHT BE PUTTING IT LIGHTLY. I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, TO BE NOT SO SUCCESSFUL. TED IS THE PRESIDENT OF SHELLS BREWING AND THE GREAT, GREAT-GRANDSON OF AUGUST SHELL. IN 1862 DURING THE BATTLES THE INDIANS WERE BURNING HOMES AND BUSINESSES. KIND OF EXPECTED NOTHING TO BE HERE BUT IT — IT SURVIVED. PART OF THAT WAS MR. SHELL WAS ALWAYS VERY GOOD TO THE DAKOTA IF THEY NEEDED FOOD OR ANYTHING, CLOTHING. AND BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS TO THE PEOPLE IN AND AROUND IS ONE OF THE REASONS THEY WERE ONE OF THE FEW BREWERIES TO MAKE IT THROUGH PROHIBITION AND THEN THE DEPRESSION. I DON’T KNOW WE WOULD HAVE SURVIVED IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEM. IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT TED’S ROOTS RUN DEEP HERE AND NO DOUBT HE HAS A PASSION FOR THE HISTORY. GERMANS MAKE SONGS ABOUT EVERYTHING. IT GOES LIKE — [MUSIC PLAYING] THEY DON’T MAKE ME DO TOURS MUCH ANYMORE BECAUSE I TALK TOO MUCH. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT IT WAS TED’S BUSINESS SINCE THAT BROUGHT — [ INDISCERNIBLE ] BY AND THEN HE REINTRODUCED US TO AN OLD FRIEND. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION? THE DISTRIBUTORS LOVED IT BECAUSE THEY KNEW WE WOULD — WE WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE BRAND. AND THAT HE DID. WITH THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF GRAIN BELT NOR EAST IT IS PRETTY MUCH A FOREGONE CONCLUSION THAT SHELLS WILL BE BREWING BEERS FOR PERHAPS ANOTHER 150 YEARS. WE KNOW HARDSHIP AND WE APPRECIATE EVERY GLASS OF BEER WE SELL. I’M TED MARTY FROM AUGUST SHELL BREWING COMPANY. WE ARE THE BEST BREWERY IN MINNESOTA! SUMMER BREWERY TOURS RUN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. TICKETS ARE SOLD FIRST COME FIRST SERVE FOR $5 WHEN THE MUSEUM OPENS. CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM. THE GREAT MINNESOTA GET TOGETHER STARTS NEXT WEEK. WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR FAVORITE MIDWAY GAME.

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