A new adventure with every beer and every visit: such is the quest of Monticello, Minnesota’s newest brewery, The Nordic Brewing Company.
Nordic opened less than a year after fellow Monticello brewery Rustech Brewing and is guided by its owners’ passion for beer, community, and fantasy—something owners/founders Zach Barthel, Matt Belz, and Laura Belz hopes resonates with everyone who walks in the door. As the brewery’s slogan states, beer is the ultimate quest, and they want the taproom experience to offer a real sense of adventure.
Most of the things guests will see, taste, and experience at the brewery—including the bar, tabletops, menu boards, and coasters—will be made by the hands of one of the owners. This level of detail is one of the ways the trio hopes to demonstrate how passionate and devoted they are to their business. “We want this to be a place where people want to go to relax with their family and friends and can have beer and nerd out with us and with our beers and characters,” Laura says. “We aren’t trying to be like anyone else. We want to stick to who we are and be true to what we believe and what we stand behind with everything we do. We are nerds who make beer, and we want to embrace that identity.”