The Take 16 Brewing Company of Luverne, Minnesota gets their name from the brewery location on old Highway 16 (east end of Main Street). It was a route for travelers from Chicago and the Midwest to the Black Hills and Yellowstone Park. I grew up and and worked in several towns along the route (Kimball, Mitchell & Chamberlain, SD). I can remember long lines of tourists headed west before the coming of the interstate. Old Highway 16 has largely been replaced by I 90 today. But enough about old memories and onto the brewery.
I met brewer Luke Rensink several years ago when he was co-owner of Heist Brewing in Brookings. He now is the brewer for Take 16 and is making beers worth seeking out. I traveled to Luverne last week to check in and see the brewery. I hadn’t been there since last September when the Rock River Beer Festival was held. The brewery was still being setup then. It is now operating and selling beer in Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. Beer is currently kegged and sold in growlers at the brewery every Thursday from 4-7 pm. A bottle filler is in the process of renovation with hopes of bottling in a couple months.
The brewhouse has a 15 barrel brew kettle and 30 barrel fermenters. They are currently producing four flagship beers which are Country Mile Kölsch, Hayloft Hefeweizen, Kick the Can IPA and Stormy Jack Stout. This great lineup provides something for all beer fans. They will be adding some seasonal beers in the future including a brown ale, double IPA, bock, sour ale and barrel aged offerings.
I encourage everyone to take a beer trip to Luverne or your favorite craft beer bar to find these excellent brews. You won’t be sorry!