Fitger’s gets love

Fitger’s in Duluth (2012 file, Clint Austin / News Tribune)

Fitger’s Brewhouse gets a shout-out in the February issue of Midwest Living magazine. The hot spot landed in a compilation of Favorite Midwest Craft Breweries. The Brewhouse shares space in the Fab Events category with Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.

“You’ve gotta love a place that feels hipster-cool but has patrons of all ages taking in live music nightly,” according to the regional magazine, which refers to the venue as a Duluth landmark.

Word on the street about best beer pubs recently undertook the task of picking the best beer pub in each state. And the winner in Minnesota? Duluth’s own Fitger’s Brewhouse.

In “The Best Beer Pubs in All 50 States (and D.C.),” Jason Notte wrote: “Up on the north shore of Lake Superior, Fitger’s has been pouring since 1995 and has held true to its north country roots. Its Elk burgers are made with elk meat from a ranch in nearby Moose Lake. Its Blueberry Manilow wheat ale is infused with 450 pounds of Bayfield blueberries. It still hosts local acts and a Monday open mic on its stage and sponsors its own curling, softball, bike and ski teams as well as a local triathlon. All of those elements have made it beloved in its home state, but they’re just perks for visitors taken in by the Hatch chilies, ghost peppers and cherries in its Daughter of Wildfire pale ale or the smooth subtlety of its Witchtree ESB English pale ale on its nitrogen tap.”

And Wisconsin’s best? That would be Potosi Brewing in Potosi.