324 Second Street E

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

218.683.5405

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Hours of Operation

Mon - Thur 3p-9p | Fri - 3p-11p
Sat - 11a - 11p | Sun - 12p - 6p

About Rivers & Rails

About Us

The Rivers & Rails Brewery story most likely isn’t typical for a start-up brewery, as it all started with two soccer moms, meeting through their children, and discovering they shared the same passion for you know what – beer. It helped that one of their husbands just happened to be a home-brewer, and the other being a “business guy”. Take two ambitious couples, a few beer-filled nights and you get the idea to start a brewery.

Take two ambitious couples, a few beer-filled nights and you get the idea to start a brewery. 

Next steps – put together a business plan, find a building, purchase equipment and put the plan into action (or so we thought). Throw in limited access to an architect and oh, I don’t know, a pandemic – and we were left to simply wait. Through the months and months of waiting, we took advantage of the extra time to perfect our brews (there were a lot of tasting sessions) and finalize the details of creating a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere for people in our community and visitors to stop in, drink a few good beers, and making memories.

The wait is almost over, opening day is set for June 15, 2022! We could not be more excited to share our passion with the community. So, stop in and indulge on a hand-crafted brew, eat some pizza, or get some food truck grub and enjoy the views of the Red Lake River.

Jonny Artmann

[head brewer]

The brewmaster, the man-with-a-plan, the beer connoisseur. Jonny has practiced his home brew for a few years and is super pumped to bring his amazing creations to a bigger system. He loves and appreciates all beer. He sees every beer as having a unique character and is a form of creativity and art. He has a love for crafting beer goodness, creating over 100 different recipe masterpieces and sharing his creations with others. 

[favorite beer]: any IPA

Jonny Artmann

Anton Bergee

[business guy]

The business guy, the doer, mr. fix-it and negotiator. Anton is a visionary who loves projects and making them amazing. His love for beer began in the 80’s, well maybe not that long ago, but it’s been a while. The organizer of our building remodel, he’s the one that made this space happen. 

[favorite beer]: IPA’s

Anton Bergee

Nellie Artmann

[hr | swag specialist]

The supporter, the motivator, the organizer. When in doubt, Nellie is there to lift us up, try any beer, and gets the ball rolling. All of our amazing swag runs through Nellie’s path. Nellie also helps with all of our Human Resource needs. You name it, and Nellie will likely add to her resume for it. 

[favorite beer]: juicy IPA

Melora Bergee

[marketing | event coordinator]

The partner, the connector, the figure-it-out-as-we-go-along. Melora began this journey by introducing herself to Nellie at the grocery store so their kids could play together after preschool, and the rest is forming history. Melora is the face (or words) behind social media, branding, and more. Want to have an event with us? Talk to Melora. Want a food truck at our place. Talk to Melora. 

[favorite beer]: sours

Heidi Johnson

[manager]

Heidi is our daily manager that you’ll be excited to see and converse every time you stop by. From her love of Danny Devito, to her family and love of beer, we know you will be treated like family when you come. Heidi can’t wait to meet you as you swing by for a pint, serve as a guide for your tastebuds, or welcome you to our wonderful brewery. 

[favorite beer]: Blondes