Lake Superior Brewing has been sold to Lars Kuehnow and Lisa Blade, the new owners announced.

Lake Superior Brewing is Minnesota’s oldest microbrewery. Kuehnow and Blade said they will maintain the existing Lake Superior brand, brewery team, beer varieties and taproom offerings, which reflect English and German brewing styles.

“We started back in the early 1980s as home brewers who wanted to make our favorite styles of beer. We also believed that Duluth deserved a hometown brewery and are proud of the fact that Lake Superior Brewing was the first craft brewery in the city,” said Don Hoag, former owner along with Jo Hoag, John Judd III, Karen Olesen and Dale Kleinschmidt. “We look forward to watching the next phase for LSB. Lars, Lisa and the whole Lake Superior Brewing team are a tremendous resource and will only strengthen the rock solid base of beer knowledge and experience LSB already brings to the table.”

Kleinschmidt is staying on as brewmaster and Charles Fuller, brewery operations manager, will continue to focus on making distinctive, hands-on brews.