Gluek Gets Axed

After 153 years of production, the end has come for Gluek beer — the Cold Spring Brewing Company is terminating the brand (and its Cold Spring craft beers), citing a lack of production capacity. That explanation, however, is at least slightly suspect, as the WJON story notes: “By September, Gluek will be phased out, and the company will introduce a similar beer called Northern in its place.” Well, wait — there’s not enough production capacity to make Gluek, but there’s enough to introduce the same beer with a different name?

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  1. They already sell Northern Beer labeled as “Minnesota’s own”. It’s absolutely miserable to drink and rightfully so as it’s priced at $10.99/case.

  2. Hopefully this won’t lead to a decision down the road to discontinue the best beer coming out of that place – John Henry Lick Spiker.