LUPULIN BREWERY RIBBON-CUTTING AND GRAND OPENING CEREMONY took place last week and the tap room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday for delicious craft beer sales by the flight, glass or half gallon growler. Pictured above from the left are Christine Miller of Boser Construction, Chamber President Tricia Skodje, Mayor Raeanne Danielowski, Susan Nagorski of the West Sherburne Tribune, Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, City Clerk Gina Wolbeck, Assistant Brew Master Aaron Zierdt, CPA Michelle Backlund, Shelly Zierdt, Jeff Zierdt and Brewmaster Matt Schiller with the big scissors, Doug Boser, president of Boser Construction, Dustin Vavarek, Dick Mauel and Ryan Cross of Boser Construction, Melissa Schiller and COO of Boser Construction Jim Schleper. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).
LUPULIN, CHAMBER CUT GRAND OPENING RIBBONThu, 05/21/2015 -
Lupulin Brewing had their grand opening this weekend. Events began Friday afternoon with a Big Lake Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony.
Owner Jeff Zierdt kicked off the ceremony, thanking everyone for coming and all their hard work in helping to make his dream of becoming a brewery owner a reality.
“This is a momentous day for Matt (Schiller), and I to be standing here in front of you as this is a culmination of three years of hard work,” he said.
“We have come a long way from brewing in our kitchens and garages. It is truly humbling and yet surreal to have a dream and work so hard and have it finally come true.”
Zierdt thanked their families, friends, investors and sponsors who supported them along the way to realizing their dream.
“We wouldn’t be standing here today without their help and belief in us to make this happen,
“Working with the City of Big Lake has been a great experience and we want to thank Mayor Danielowski and the city council for enacting legislation allowing us to have the brewery here today and we anxiously look forward to the city approving our license for Sunday growler sales,” he said.
(A growler is a half gallon sealed bottle of beer).
Matt Schiller, who is the master brewer of the team, spoke about the latest batch of beer, Blissful Ignorance, brewed especially for the grand opening.
“This beer was our chance to play with ingredients and have some fun,” Schiller said. “We just went for it and threw in more hops. It’s a smooth drink but it has nine percent alcohol by volume and it will catch up to you quick.”
Schiller introduced Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, who thanked him for the opportunity to be at the ribbon cutting instead of hard at work at the state legislature.
“Most new jobs are created by small businesses like this one,” Kiffmeyer said. “It’s always a pleasure to do what we can to help things along. I told Jeff if he ever needed any help to call me. Well, he called and I helped him with a plumbing issue.”
Mayor Raeanne Danielowski thanked Schiller and Zierdt for deciding to make Big Lake home for Lupulin Brewery and welcomed them to the city.
Chamber of Commerce President Tricia Skodje thanked them for supporting the Big Lake Chamber.
“Big Lakers really like beer,” she said, wishing them much success.
The tap room and brewery was constructed by Boser Construction of Pierz. CEO Doug Boser thanked his staff for the work they did in designing a comfortable area for the tap room with a rustic, yet modern feel. He also congratulated the proud owners on bringing the new business into being.
Then came the big moment and the yellow ribbon was cut. More pictures were taken and some beer imbibed.
“Cheers!” said Zierdt. “Welcome. This has been our dream for the past three years.”