Endion Station opens historic doors to beer, cider lovers in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Fitger's Brewery has not only added another location to their growing list of Duluth brew and ale houses, but they've also added something for all you cider lovers, as well.

The Endion Station Bar and Grill opened its doors for the first time in Canal Park Friday afternoon.

The Endion Station Public House Bar and Grill is the fifth official Fitger's–owned location that puts their craft brew on tap for the public.
It's also Duluth's first cider house, with almost half of their 20 taps dedicated to Brewmaster–approved craft ciders.

"Our neighbors at Canal Park Brewing are right down the way, and we think that's so cool," said Fitger's Minister of Culture and Propaganda Brad Nelson, "because now we have a little craft beer corridor going here in Canal Park, right on the corner of the lake."

...the same lake used in the making of much of the Northland's craft beer.

Built in 1899 and eventually moved by the Lakewalk in Canal Park, Nelson says the Endion Station and railroad played a big role in the development of much of East Duluth.

"The brown stone in this building was quarried from the Kettle River, designed by a prominent architect," said Nelson. "This place is really of Duluth, and for Duluth."

Mayor Don Ness says the Endion's newest phase is an example of how Duluthians have embraced a pride in their heritage.

"But it's also the live music scene," added Ness, during a live radio interview on the Endion's massive summer deck, "it's more of a youth entrepreneurial culture. It's the outdoor recreation, and being named by Outside Magazine as the premier outdoor town in America."

It's that live music scene, and the love for it, that led Mayor Ness to also declare Friday, July 25th as "Stream The Current in Duluth" Day.

The Twin Cities–based, Minnesota Public Radio–affiliated station was busy spreading the sounds of the Minnesota scene on site at Endion Friday.

"We're not only showcasing the Twin Cities music scene, but we want to showcase the big, vibrant Duluth music scene," said morning show co-host Jill Riley, "and, well, the beer scene as well," she added.

"There are so many fantastic bands out of Duluth that aren't just played here in Duluth, and play clubs around town. But, my goodness, you know, Trampled by Turtles is on Letterman," added Steve Seel, fellow co-host.

...growing pride amidst a growing state, and national, recognition.

If you're looking for more than a drink after a walk along the Lakewalk, the Endion Station is also serving fast casual food.

Billy Wagness
bwagness@kbjr.com