Mark Stutrud

Founder
Summit Brewing Co.

Mark Stutrud still has the 1983 letter from the Brewers’ Association of America advising him that starting a microbrewery in the Twin Cities would be a long and hard road. That brewery, St. Paul-based Summit Brewing Co., has since celebrated more than a quarter-century of business by expanding into a 240,000-barrel facility, and now distributes to 18 states. With revenue in excess of $20 million a year, Summit employs roughly 60 full-time employees, plus 12 part-time employees, and has averaged 10 percent annual growth since opening.