Summit Brewing

Our History

Midwest pioneers. Except with copper kettles instead of covered wagons.

In 1986, Summit founder Mark Stutrud set out to rediscover the traditional brewing methods behind the great handcrafted
beers that once flowed throughout the Midwest. Ever since, we’ve been painstakingly brewing beer as stimulating, complex
and rich in character as the people who share it.When Mark Stutrud decided to forego getting his Masters in social work to start a brewery, he knew he was undertaking a risky endeavor.This letter he received from the Brewer’s Association served as a crisp reminder. But Mark perservered, naming his new brewery after Saint Paul’s legendary Summit Avenue (Stutrud is too hard to pronounce) and he was on his way. The letter is now proudly displayed in the brewery’s Ratskeller.Summit Brewing Company remodels the space of an old truck parts company on St. Paul’s University Avenue. We install a brewhouse from Heimertingen, Germany, and begin test brewing. After much experimentation, we proudly release our EPA and Great Northern Porter – in kegs only. 1991 first major expansion, increasing capacity from 5,000 to 12,000 barrels per year. 1995 Summit purchases a copper brewhouse from Hürnerbräu, Ansbach, Bavaria, and places it in storage for two years. As a search for a new brewery site begins, capacity on University Ave increases to 34,000 barrels. 1996 Summit purchases 4.2 acres in the Crosby Lake Business Park in Saint Paul. Groundbreaking takes place in July of the following year as keeping up with demand becomes increasingly difficult. 2014 For the first time ever, Summit EPA, Sága IPA and seasonal brews are available in 12-ounce cans. To accomplish this, the brewery expands across the “backyard”, building an elevated beer pipeline to the new canning facility. 2015 Summit moves its offices across the backyard to the renovated building that houses the new canning line. Along with some much needed elbow room, the space includes a new industry meeting room complete with several taps and a custom bar made from reclaimed wood by the craftsmen at Wood From The Hood.


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