Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Minnesota Faces: Faribault brewers February 6, 2015

Portrait #6:  Brewers Chris Voegele and Noah Strouth


Chris and Noah, Patriot's Brewing 2013


Two years ago, they were just two friends who planned to open a brewery. That’s when I photographed Chris Voegele, left, and Noah Strouth in a section of the historic Peterson Art Furniture Company complex in Faribault’s historic downtown. They were hard at work then cleaning and fixing the aged space.

Today Chris and Noah are still two guys who want to open a brewery.

But now they’ve been joined by Travis Temke in F-Town Brewing Company, a microbrewery that will produce craft beer with local ingredients.

Same town. Same building. Different name. F-Town instead of Patriot’s.

That name change seems more reflective of the hometown pride exhibited by Chris and Noah, 1990 graduates of Faribault High School.

With funding in place, the brewery appears closer to reality. I, for one, am excited about a microbrewery opening in Faribault. I think it will be a great fit for our historic, mostly blue collar, community.


This portrait is part of the “Minnesota Faces” series featured every Friday on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


20 Responses to “Minnesota Faces: Faribault brewers”

  1. Very interesting and even better that it’s in a historic building.

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    I applaud these guys. Microbreweries are the best.

    Just so you know, seven miles down the road in Northfield, my son Mark and his high school buddy Simeon are running a micro-distillery called Loon Liquors. If you stopped by, I am sure they would love to give you a tour.

    Here is their link: http://www.loonliquors.com/story-and-mission.html

  3. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    I would come to Faribault for a new microbrewery!

  4. Great Post – Have One For Me When They Open – Cheers!!! Happy Weekend 🙂

  5. Oh excellent! Love a good microbrew and I wish these two the very best. Maybe there will be a microbrew post in your future, Audrey.

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    Great piece to alert residents of your community that these young men are working hard to establish their business and great publicity for them.
    Your blog features on Minnesota Faces are a wonderful addition. Enjoyable to read.

  7. Beth Ann Says:

    Perfect use of a neat building!

  8. hotlyspiced Says:

    Best wishes to them and I hope their new venture is a big success xx

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