Now celebrating our third year of brewing and serving craft beer, Disgruntled Brewing is pleased to welcome Pete Waldon to our craft brewery.
Waldon, originally from Denver, brings more than 27 years of brewing experience to the business. He moved his family to Minnesota in the mid-1990s and started Glacial Lakes Brewing in New York Mills. It was one of the first 10 craft breweries in an era when beer could only be supplied to stores and bars via distributors—no taprooms or growlers.
“I’m excited to be a part of the team at Disgruntled and brew fresh, world-class beer right here in Perham,” said Waldon. “It’s great craft brewing in a beautiful part of the state—a destination well worth the trip over here. We like to make great beer with American grain, yeast, and hops, but we’re still going to go after the complex and hard-to-find beers that have ingredients and specialty hops from around the world. It’s the balance in tastes and ingredients, starting with our water, that makes Disgruntled beer so popular.”
The brewing at Disgruntled starts with “zero water,” which means all the salt and minerals are taken out. It’s the process of putting things back in that creates the flavor.
“It’s possible to custom-build your water for every style of beer,” said Waldon. “Working with the water, adding salt and minerals, works up the water profile and lets Disgruntled make global-tasting beers right here in Perham—beers with the flavors of Pilsen, Germany, which is very soft water with hardly any minerals, or Burton on Trent, London, with plenty of minerals in their water. It’s easier to start with zero water and build the flavor.”
Disgruntled brews more than 24 different beers and ales, including lager, stout, wheat beer, monthly specialties and seasonal flavors, German, Belgian, and Russian varieties, and others. Their two newest beers are Firkin Right (an Irish red ale) and Besserwisser, which translates as ‘”know-it-all” (German-style Hefeweizen), and Otter Ale (pale ale). All the popular flagship beers are available with Juicylicious and Reaper (both hazy IPAs) and Bulletproof (American brown ale) just brewed in the last week or so.
The whole team at Disgruntled Brewing is excited to continue building these complex, highly sought-after beers, such as northeastern-style IPAs. We continue to search out the best ingredients, no matter where they are—committed to providing the fans and followers of Disgruntled a grumpy, but good, beer and experience.
“In addition to the Disgruntled favorites,” said Waldon, “We have plans to make Kolsch (which is a great summer beer), double Hefeweizen, and porter with a smoked chili that smells and tastes wonderful.”
The Disgruntled Taproom in Perham is like a clubhouse for craft beer lovers. Every Saturday, enjoy live music and fresh Crowler can releases. They invite you to stop in and sample the new beers, as well as enjoy some old favorites and meet the team. No matter the season, no matter your mood, no matter what kind of brew you love, we have a beer on tap and waiting for you. At Disgruntled, grumpy is good. Grumpy is real good.