Steve & Dawn Family Photo


For the past 20 years, we have been putting down our roots in Rochester. While the big medical facility in town brought us here, the people we’ve met and the ease of living in Rochester have kept us here. When we were first settling in as a couple, there were only a few places to socialize with friends. We had a big network of folks, many international folks working at Mayo as well, and we would alternate dinner or parties in our homes. Everyone would bring a little something to pass around, and we would usually provide some beer. It was a lot of fun and always so welcoming. Rochester has many rich cultures from all over the world, right here in the middle of the corn fields of Minnesota. It’s a unique place that just keeps getting better, and we’re lucky to call Rochester home. We’re proud to be adding a gathering place to this fun, vibrant community!



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Why The Thistle?


The thistle is Scotland’s national emblem. It represents bravery, devotion, durability, strength and determination. It’s bold yet humble. Strong yet beautiful. When uprooted, it finds ways to survive. The thistle symbolizes resilience and protection.


As a small, craft brewery, our most important customers are those who live and work around us. Little Thistle Brewing is committed to supporting the local community that supports us. We will continually work to connect to the people working and living in Rochester and the local area.