Cranky, grumpy or just plain thirsty, if you want to make beer, Perham's Disgruntled Brewing is up for sale

Microbrewery's planned last day is May 15. It's listed for sale as a turnkey operation with a local real estate firm.

Disgruntled Brewing in Perham, Minn., seen in this undated photo, is up for sale, one of the owners said Monday, April 11.
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PERHAM, Minn. - Fans of Disgruntled Brewing are probably feeling pretty grumpy after hearing the brewery will be closing.

But take heart, oh ye cranky lovers of craft beer — the microbrewery at 735 2nd St. N.E. is for sale.

Geri Salmela, one of the owners, told The Forum Monday, April 11, that the partners hope someone else can keep the suds flowing in Perham past the planned last day of May 15.

“We love Perham and the surrounding area, and really hope we can keep the brewery here. To that end, we hope to sell the brewery, and have it listed as a turnkey business with Chad Anderson of New Horizons Realty of Perham,” Salmela said in an email.

Salmela said the members of the ownership group felt they couldn’t give the business the time it needed.


“I'd also add that the owners of Disgruntled Brewing have other businesses, full-time jobs, and interests, and feel that the brewery deserves the energy and investment of someone that is passionate about craft beer and hospitality,” Salmela wrote.

Salmela said the brewery will carry on business as usual until it closes. Among the coming events are Beats & Brew Music Bingo at 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, and the Traveling Art Pub class 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26th.

“We do not have a date set yet for the big farewell party but will keep our fans updated on our Facebook page ( @TheDisgruntledBrewing ) and Instagram ( @disgruntledbrewing ). The taps will continue to flow, with fan favorite ‘The 19th Hole’ New England-Style IPA back later this week. We're also working on a special IPA that will be released in time for the farewell party,” Salmela wrote.

Disgruntled Brewing, which recently celebrated its sixth anniversary in business, will be closing its doors. However, the owners said Monday, April 11, that they're looking for a buyer for the Perham, Minn., microbrewery.
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“I would like to add that we are so appreciative of all the love and outpouring of support we've received since we've made the announcement. It's not a decision we made lightly, and the support has really lifted our spirits,” Salmela wrote.

The brewery announced it would close on social media on Friday, April 8.

“This is one of our most gut-wrenching announcements we’ve ever had to make. For the past six years, we’ve pushed the boundaries of craft beer, and worked hard to create a fun family environment where everyone feels welcome. The losses of the past couple of years have taken a toll, and we regret to announce that our last day open will be Sunday, May 15,” the Facebook post said.

“Thank you, grumpy (and happy) fans, for your support over the years! Stop in for a pint before we go and help celebrate the success of our amazing grumpy crew while you can.

“We are working on a special farewell IPA and will have more news to come about one last big party. Until then, the taps will continue to flow, off-sale is still available, and events are still on. Redeem those gift cards before last call,” the post urged the brewery’s thirsty followers.


The brewery, which specializes in German- and American-style beer varieties, opened in Perham’s industrial park in February 2016.

The craft brewer’s hours are: 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday through Wednesday.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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