our story

GOOD BEER. GREAT PEOPLE. WELCOME TO THE MINNESOTA CRAFT BREW SCENE.

Community powered

This community is the heart and soul of what we do and we’ve made it our mission is to provide a unique gathering place for locals and visitors alike.  This is a place to come together over a beer, take in a live show, enjoy great food, and gather for events big and small…or no reason at all.

northern ethos

We celebrate the spirit of northern Minnesota. With our beers, our locally sourced menu, and our atmosphere and company culture, you will see the north brought to life. Even our logo and ‘mascot’, Barley Bill, celebrate the elements and lifestyle of our great region.

premium beer, authentic food

No compromises here. Made from scratch with local ingredients, we offer rotating food and beer offerings throughout the seasons.

people you need to know

Bill Martinetto

General Manager

Bill joined the RBC team as the general manager after working in the mining industry as an accounting manager. He is a life-long (okay, legal-life-long) lover of beer and has always been interested in the craft brew industry. He likes numbers and he’s good at numbers, but his heart belongs to beer. Before joining forces with the RBC crew, Bill imagined starting his own brewery years down the road. Lucky for us, we don’t need to wait any longer to share his vision for premium craft beer. Now he gets to put his stellar management skills toward making sure that you get consistent quality and creative brews every time you visit the taproom.  Bill is a Grand Rapids native and lives with his wife, Tashanna, two little girls, Keira and Kinsley, two dogs, Scout and Summit (yep… he’s named after the brewery), and seven chickens.

Darin Jensen

Head Brewer

Darin grew up in Grand Rapids and moved to Alaska in 1993. He joined Alaskan Brewing Co. as a volunteer because he “thought it would be cool”. Turns out, it was. Miscellaneous work soon turned into a full-time gig and Darin moved from keg cleaning to tank cleaning, and finally, to brewing beer. Throughout his 23 years at Alaskan he went from brewing, to sales, to marketing, back to brewing, then finally to quality control. That position gave him a full education in all aspects of the process from ingredients to inspections, and everything in between. When he got the call from RBC he decided the time was right to move back home and he joined the team as head brewer. Darin is passionate about beer and the craft beer movement. He believes there is a beer for everyone and is excited to brew one for you! Darin has two grown daughters, Ariah and Taya, and his dog, Blaze, is his partner in crime.
Eric Halverson

executive chef

Eric is Minnesotan through and through, he grew up in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities and moved north in 2019. His culinary training includes years of experience at multiple acclaimed restaurants in the Twin Cities, the last six of which were at The Rabbit Hole in Minneapolis. He has a New American culinary background and has truly done a little bit of everything. During his conversations with the Rapids Brewing Co. team, Eric let his food do the talking and cooked the owners dinner. His food sealed the deal and Eric has since taken the RBC’s approach to food to a whole new level. He’s inspired by northern flavors and his menu items are centered on local and seasonal ingredients for a truly regional experience. Eric lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jessie, and their two kids, Evelynn and Arlo.

and to those behind the scenes

Thank you to all of our supporters and investors, we couldn’t have done it without you.

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