New Brewery Planned in Lincoln Park

Ursa Minor Brewing Becomes the Newest Member of Duluth’s Craft Beer Community

Whoah! Check out this fabulous news… our friends Ben, Mark, and Andrew have finally made their plans public. Much to the delight of craft beer fans in Duluth – Ursa Minor Brewing – will open this summer in Lincoln Park. There’s a lot of excitement swirling around Lincoln Park and with good reason! Now, with Ursa Minor’s announcement we’re looking forward to continued cultivation and education on the importance of craft beer as an economic driver and the role that “craft-epreneurs” are playing to drive revitalization in our community.

Help us in welcoming Ursa Minor to Duluth Beer City! You can check out the full press release below. The highlights include:

  • a new 5-barrel brewery at 2415 W Superior Street,
  • a wood fired oven supplying artisan Napolitano-style pizzas,
  • a core team led by Ben Hugus, Mark Hugus, and Andrew Scrignoli,
  • a planned opening during the summer of 2018!


Ursa Minor Brewing Logo
We are excited to announce that Ursa Minor Brewing is coming to the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota this summer! We have been working on this for a long time and are finally entering the construction phase of project! Our team is assembled, and we are ready to get down and dirty to make our dreams a reality.

Ursa Minor Brewing will be a 5-barrel brewery built to serve our taproom with a wide selection of rotating styles of beer. We appreciate all styles of beer, and we appreciate that every style of beer has unique qualities to be desired. Our taproom will also be supplemented by a wood fired oven which will supply a selection of artisan Napolitano style pizzas made from the highest quality ingredients possible.

Ursa Minor Brewing was the dream of two brothers, Ben and Mark Hugus. Their vision has grown and developed and, after four years, thousands of hours of work, a lot of support from friends and family, it is becoming a reality. We chose the name “Ursa Minor” because of the role craft beer has played in our lives. It is derived from the constellation, Ursa Minor or the Little Dipper, which contains the North Star.

Throughout history, people across the world have used the North Star as a guiding light, or an anchor point, in the night sky to navigate their way across our wondrous and mysterious world. Craft beer is our guiding light and has brought us into the amazing craft beer community.

What is Ursa Minor All About?

We are building a brewery that is all about people. It will be an experience. We want people to come to our taproom and feel at home and welcomed. Our small batch, handcrafted beer will only serve as the medium to new connections. We love people, people love beer, and beer loves us! Our handcrafted beers and pizzas are designed to bring people together and our taproom is designed to be a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy friends, familiar faces, and make meaningful connections.

Meet the Ursa Minor Team

Currently we have a core team of three gentlemen, Ben Hugus, Mark Hugus, and Andrew Scrignoli. Ben Hugus is a co-founder and our Chief of Operations and is the organization behind the scenes that keeps everything running smoothly. Ben provides direction and is the persistent force behind the
creation of the company.

Ursa Minor Brewing Team

The Ursa Minor Brewing Team (L to R): Ben Hugus, Andrew Scrignoli, and Mark Hugus. Image: Ursa Minor Brewing.

Mark Hugus is another co-founder of the company and is the Head of Brewing Operations. Mark is our center for creativity and is passionate about the beer he creates. His brewing knowledge is expansive, and he brings a wealth of experience to the team having worked in many other craft breweries.

Andrew Scrignoli is our general manager and is the grounding force on the team. He is our hardworking go-getter who always seems to have a smile on his face! Andrew’s human qualities balance out our team and the care he takes with everything he does makes him a valuable addition to our operation.

Where is Ursa Minor Located?

We are happy to announce we have a location! Our space is located at 2415 W Superior Street, Suite B, Duluth, MN. We have partnered with David Marshall of Marshall Construction Services to create our new home. We are currently entering the construction phase for our new brewery and taproom and hope we will be ready to start sending pints across the bar by mid-summer. As we move forward and have more solid timelines we will announce them.

Ursa Minor Brewing Duluth

Artist rendition of Ursa Minor Brewing… coming to Duluth in 2018. Image: Ursa Minor Brewing.

Learn more at


Ben Hugus, Chief of Operations
(218) 481-7886

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