Minnesota's first commercial brewery, the Yoerg Brewing Company was founded ten years before Minnesota became a state in 1848. It was one of the cornerstone businesses that helped build the city of Saint Paul. Anthony Yoerg was the first in the Midwest to produce his beers Bavarian style (in caves along the Mississippi River downtown Saint Paul) and they were the main reason Saint Paul breweries were as revered as those from Milwaukee and St. Louis before Prohibition. The brewery closed in 1952 when the last surviving Yoerg son passed away and the brewery was destroyed by the historic flood in April of 1952. In 2016 The Yoerg Company was brought back to life, and here is their story.
And 2020 will see distribution of the Yoerg's Beer again. We started distribution in the fall of 2016 with the release of Yoerg's Beer in 6pk bottles, and the Yoerg's Bock in 4pk bottles. Production ended when we had to put our full efforts into getting the Yoerg Brewing Company open. Now that that's been achieved, it's time for our final phase; getting our beer back in distribution. We are looking at a Thanksgiving release of the Yoerg's Beer in 4pk, 16oz cans. Look for Yoerg's Hefeweizen, Roggenbier, Picnic Beer and Bock to eventually end up in limited distribution in 4pk, 16oz cans.
A visit to the Yoerg Brewing Company is like taking a Time Machine back to the 1940s and '50s when the local 'Saloon' was the 'Cat's Meow'. Located on the Dayton's Bluff hillside just outside of Lowertown, The Yoerg Brewing Company has returned. We are brewing the legendary Yoerg Beers on premise as well as working with some of the finest, and rarest Old World European Breweries (in many instances, Yoerg is the only place serving their beers in the Midwest). A superb wine by the glass program with 10 unique, artisan wines under $8.00 is another highlight, with a wine list of 100 wines under $40.00 a bottle. We also have a splendid food menu of old world treats; Bratwursts from the legendary Usinger's in Milwaukee, a wonderful selection of pub pizzas, cheese and charcuterie plates, pickled eggs, the best Smoked Oysters you have ever tasted, soft Bavarian pretzels, Dutch Pretzels (hand rolled) and an atmosphere unmatched in the city. There really is nothing else like it.