Brau Brothers Brewing Company is clear about its origins, proudly printing "population 220" for all to see on its original logo. However, as the brewery grows, obstacles have risen, and relocation is afoot for the 15-year-old company, now based in tiny Lucan, Minnesota. Brau Brothers started in 1998 as a brewpub and rebranded as a production brewery in 2006, splitting ownership down the middle between three brothers, Brady, Dustin, and Trevor, "33.33333 percent... [which] would make a good name for a beer," notes Dustin. In addition to producing five year-round beers and several rotating varieties, the brewery is also helping Bank Brewery (Hendricks) as it gets set up in the southwestern part of the state by producing some of its beer on site.
It's been a busy 2013 for Brau Brothers, having officially announced relocation to Marshall, Minnesota (population 14,220) earlier this month. Brau Brothers expects to move into its new digs later this month. The Hot Dish recently spoke with CEO/head brewer Dustin Brau before any official declarations were made public. Our discussion focused on the company's growth, its place in the southwest Minnesota market, and the looming elephant in the room, the (at that time unofficial) move.
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