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 a historic flood. In 2016 The Yoerg Company was brought back to life, and here is their story.
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 16 unique, artisan wines under $8.00 a glass. 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, soft Bavarian pretzels, Dutch Pretzels (hand rolled) and an atmosphere unmatched in the city. We've been called "the most photographic" pub in the Twin Cities for good reason. There really is nothing else like it.
The Royal Kingdom of Beer. Belgium is a tiny country, with a little more than 350 breweries, but this is the center of the world for serious beer production. There is a reason craft breweries the world over try to emulate Belgium's beer styles, because there is nothing else like them. Here at the Yoerg Brewing Company, we have the finest selection of rare Belgian beers in the Midwest with a mind blowing selection that is ever changing.
We have just added four of the rarest, finest Rieslings that Germany has to offer to our permanent wine list. Each domaine a legend the world over. All four are Semi-Dry (with the Battenfeld-Spanier being a 'Trocken', which is bone dry). All four are extremely rare, and an absolute treat to taste. We highly recommend the Country Pate or Smoked Trout Spread as an accompanyment.
2019 Riesling Estate "Rheinhessen" Trocken
2015 Riesling Estate "Pfalz"
REICHSRAT VON BUHL
2018 Riesling Estate "Mosel River" Monopol
WEINGUT MAXIMIN GRUNHAUS
2019 Riesling Estate "Nahe Valley"
Nahe Valley, Germany