Gluek beer will be no more

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I’m not sure I’ve ever had a Gluek beer. But I was sad to see the story about the brand going away.

WJON radio reported that Cold Spring Brewing, which took over the Gluek name in the 1990s, will phase out the brand by September.

According to the station, Cold Spring Vice President Doug Degeest called it a business decision to stop making Gluek. Degeest said the brewery was having trouble keeping up with production on multiple brands and chose to discontinue Gluek, WJON reported.

For me, Gluek beer always will stir memories of collecting beer cans as a kid. My friends and I used to find cans the old-fashioned way — by hunting through the woods and scrounging around ditches.

One of the jewels of can collecting was the ever-vanishing “cone top” can. If you pulled a rusty cone top Gluek’s from a pile of leaves along the Mississippi River, that was a great day.

Today you can buy a good condition Gluek’s cone top for $200 … like this one for sale at Breweriana.com.

gluek_cone_top.JPG(Photo used with permission from Dan Morean at Breweriana.com)

The Gluek name has been part of Minnesota brewing history for more than 150 years. Gottlieb Gluek, a German immigrant, founded a brewery in Minneapolis in 1855. The empire he and his family built left a big mark in the city, with a brewing complex, office buildings and ornate homes.

One of the Gluek buildings keeps the name alive today. Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar in downtown Minneapolis is housed in a Gluek building that went up in 1902.

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The former Gluek’s Brewing Company brewery at 2000 Marshall Street in Minneapolis. The building was torn down in 1966. (Photo from the Minnesota Historical Society)

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A customer with the first case of beer purchased at Gluek’s Brewery after the repeal of Prohibition, 1933 (Photo from the Minnesota Historical Society)

  • Steve

    I will miss the gluek brewery-i lived by the gluek family growing up and they had a great family business and they were good athletes (hockey). The business is part of the growth of minneapolis along with many others! although i wasnt a big fan of the brew the gluek family business was wonderful as well as themselves!

  • bob

    I am an avid collector of old beer advertising signs and cans and I too will miss the icon Gluek name. Some of the most colorful and rare breweriana comes from the original Gluek Brewery in Minneapolis. You will be missed 🙁

  • Aaron

    I seem to be the only one who actually loved Gluek beer, but I’m devastated to see it go! i’ve found nothing that matches the flavor.

  • Sandy

    I have a large Gluek beer sign that my dad gave me. It even has bullet holes in it.

  • Phil

    I first found Gluek on a fishing trip to Ely, MN in August 2009. Everyone loved that beer. We’ve searched ever since and concluded they must only sell it in MN. We were planning a trip back to Ely that would include buying lots of Gluek…but sadly Gluek is no more. Sad, sad, sad.

  • DonkeyPunch

    Good Riddance!!! I bought some of this beer when visiting Fargo once. It was by far the worst beer I ever drank. I had a very hard time finishing the case. I can drink just about any beer too, but this stuff was foul! I wrote a letter to the company but recieved no response. I really dont know how they can look themselves in the mirror every day after knowing they brewed a beer so repulsive.

  • Rex Hamann

    You’ll miss this beer, you won’t miss this beer. These labels come and go all the time. It’s amazing the frequency at which they do so. But one thing you will never miss is the taste of the original Gluek beer. That’s because you never KNEW how Gluek beer tasted when they first started making it here 110 years ago. Beer was so different then. The micros are doing a great job of making great beer now, and I suspect the old ORIGINAL Gluek beer was much more like a craft beer, full bodied, unfiltered, and strong. Nothing like that watered-down pee water you get nowdays when you spend $11.99 for a case of that crapola.