James Page Brewing Company
was one the earliest craft breweries to come out of the late-1980s American micro-brewing
explosion. The brand is currently produced at the Stevens Point Brewing Company
in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
and remains popular in the Twin Cities area.
The brewery was founded by Minneapolis attorney James Page in 1986. The brewery was located on Quincy Street in Northeast Minneapolis
, in an aging industrial warehouse building. The brewery's infrastructure was cobbled together from secondhand equipment. Despite the fact that James Page started brewing operations at almost the same time as the Summit Brewing Company
, Page never exceeded more than about 1500 barrels per year of production until it was sold to new owners in the mid 1990s.
In addition to operating a brewery, James Page was also known as a home brewing
retailer. They operated a retail store out of their tap room, and had a large mail order shipping/catalog operation. It is rumored that revenue from the home brewing operation exceeded that of the brewery in the early 90s.
In October 1995, James Page sold the brewery to a group of investors with a background in food marketing. Mr. Page continued to operate a home brew supply company until 1998 under the name "James Page Brewing", although there was no longer any tie to the brewery.
The new owners of the brewery, led by President David Anderson, thoroughly re-invented the brand. They created a fictional character to personify... Read More