The Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company opened in Superior in 2006, in the former Twin Ports Brewing space. The building itself, which opened in 1906 and housed a creamery for many decades, includes several different sections including a restaurant, main bar, and stage area where bands regularly perform. Through the space craft brews made on-site are served, along with locally-famous pizzas and a variety of other food and beverages.
Thirsty Pagan makes a variety of craft beers, including bourbon barrel-aged varieties and a growing line of sours. When we visited, we really loved the Reinhold Berlin(er) Weisse with rhubarb, a summer sour seasonal. They have several sours named after women’s names from way back. They include the Tilly and the Evelyn, both mixed fermentation sour ambers. Another is Mosie, a blend from a few barrels pitched with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, which creates earthy and mango characteristics with a dry finish. House specialties include the North Coast Amber, Derailed Ale (lots of railroads lead to Superior), an India Pagan Ale, Burntwood Black, the Trouble Maker Triple, Velo Saison, a light lager called Lawn Chair, and more. Some ciders and additional brews are available at times, including a Cracked Pepper Pilsner, American Stout NITRO, and a curious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Stout, which is piquing our curiosity for the return trip.
The Thirsty Pagan brews everything in-house and sells everything on the premises. They offer tours every Saturday at 2pm, which takes about an hour and covers the whole building. It’s best to reserve your spot, as they go in groups of 12 and get filled up quickly. During the warmer months – sometimes tricky to come by in Superior – the outdoor Beer Garden out back provides a cozy place to imbibe. The Beer Garden is open Thursday through Sunday, starting at 4pm Thursday and Friday and noon on the weekends.
In January 2019, it was announced that the Thirsty Pagan will move into their new building: the old Soo Line Freight Depot, which was built in 1908 and served the railroad until 1989. It made an appearance in the 1993 Disney movie Iron Will, and should be ready for the Thirsty Pagan to move in later in the year. That’ll be at 1615 Winter Street in Superior, we’re looking forward to seeing it!
Monday – Wednesday, 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm
Thirsty Pagan Address:
Superior, WI 54880