The Wooden Shoe Brewing Co. in Minster has ceased operations. Co-owner Andy Phlipot confirmed today that the brewery shut down this summer because of a "partnership failure." He declined to comment further on the reason.
"It sucks," he said. "It really does." He called the closure heart-breaking, especially because the Wooden Shoe brand means so much to the Phlipot family.
Phlipot revived the brand in 2005 as a present for his father Gene, who was a fan and collector of breweriana from the original Wooden Shoe Brewing Co. The original Wooden Shoe was established in 1869 in Minster and survived Prohibition. It closed in 1954.
At first, the new Wooden Shoe was brewed on contract. In late 2010, the new owners opened their own production brewery in Minster and the Phlipots took great pride in reviving a once famous brand.