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Downtown Brewery Expands Distribution

Downtown Lincoln's oldest and largest craft brewery is now available in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Empyrean Brewing Company has partnered with beer distributor Bergseth Bros. starting this week.

In its 25th year of operation, Empyrean beers have already been available in certain areas of North Dakota and Minnesota through other distributors. Says Empyrean Production Manager Jim Engelbart, “We’re very pleased to finally be reaching more of these two states, especially Fargo and Jamestown where people are familiar with Empyrean due to their ties to Nebraska sports and businesses. Plus, we know the residents of these communities are thirsty for well-made craft beers.”

Sales representative Ben Matya says Empyrean has a great partner in Bergseth Bros. “In talking to different retailers in North Dakota and Minnesota, we’ve heard glowing reports regarding their excellent service and support. Like Bergseth, Empyrean is a family owned company which means we take extra pride in our craft.”

Started by two Lincoln brothers and their best friend, Empyrean Brewing Co. was originally founded as Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill in 1990 as Nebraska’s first brew-pub. As demand for its beer grew, the brewery earned its own identity as Empyrean Brewing Co. Head brewer Rich Chapin, who has been with the company since its inception, continues to brew up a celestial mix of full-flavored ales designed to complement Midwestern tastes in beer and food.

Bergseth Bros. Co., Inc. is a family owned business, founded in 1946 by brothers Milton and Arno Bergseth. Originally a fish wholesaler with a single beer brand, the company shifted focus completely to beer distribution in 1961. Today, Bergseth Bros. has, a beer portfolio of over 100 brands, and distributes product to 650 North Dakota and Minnesota restaurants, retailers, and bars. More information is available at or by calling (701) 232-8818.