Memorial Day


There is always a disconnect between the somberness of Memorial Day, and the official beginning of summer revelries. It is like that moment of silence between the national anthem and the start of a ball game. I think about my cousin Jimmy in Philadelphia pouring beer on the graves of his father and uncles (my grandfather being one of them), and the silent company we keep when do favorite things without the people who have gone — fishing, hiking, gardening, etc. I also think of a Prince quote our brewer Jason recently wrote on the wall of the brewery, “But life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.”

After we’ve toasted the departed, we can enjoy the good times with a deeper appreciation. This weekend at Voyageur Brewing we are hosting some spectacular musicians, and rolling out some terrific beer. From this weekend on we will be open every day from noon until nine Sunday through Thursday and until ten on Friday and Saturday. We are also excited about delectable additions to our menu from our chef Charles. Voyageur is delighted to host the inaugural Le Grand Du Nord Bike Race, put on by the Superior Cycling Association (check them out at this weekend. There will be packet pick up Friday night and a celebration of racers on Saturday. If you’re craving the delicious pulled pork items served by our local Double D Barbeque then you are in luck because they will be set up in our parking lot on Saturday to satisfy your hunger. On Sunday we are hosting a book signing from 12:30 to 2:30 with the authors of Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore and More, Eve and Gary Wallinga. Any veterans at the American Legion (now Grandma Ray’s) on Monday are welcome to a free Voyageur beer. Thanks for your service!

We have been selling a lot of our Open Water Bohemian Ale, which, if it’s not immodest to say, is roundly adored by all. We are also still serving our Moonshadow Mocha Stout, featuring the outstanding coffee of our neighbor, Java Moose. We are brimming with all our flagships, and eager to serve you.

Tonight we are hosting Dat Dere Jazz, Friday Pushing Chain will be playing, and Saturday will feature the Plucked Up String Band — all music starts at 4 and goes until 7.

We hope to see you! Countless thanks to our veterans out there, and be safe.



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