Artisan Beer Company Acquires Distribution Rights to BlackStack Brewing in Minnesota

Artisan Beer Company is excited to announce that it has acquired the distribution rights to the BlackStack Brewing portfolio in the Minnesota market.

BlackStack Brewing is a prestigious St. Paul-based craft brewery founded in 2017 by the late Scott Johnson (no relation) and Shawne Murphy Johnson, their sons, Murphy Johnson and Cooper Johnson, and their daughter, Quinn Johnson.

BlackStack Brewing has gained notoriety for its hop-forward beers, including flagship “Local 755,” lagers, fruited sours, and more. In 2023, with the legalization of THC in Minnesota, the company introduced a new line of hemp-derived THC drinks called “BlackStack Real Trees,” which has quickly gained popularity, and is also part of the Artisan portfolio.

“This is a really special day for us,” said Shawne Murphy Johnson, owner of BlackStack. “When looking for a distribution partner for our products, Artisan was our clear first choice, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them to give more Minnesota consumers a chance to try BlackStack.”

BlackStack’s unique offerings and consistent quality have made them a long-time favorite among beer enthusiasts in Minnesota.

“Artisan Beer Company is proud to partner with another great St. Paul-based, family-owned company to expand our footprint and portfolio in the craft beer industry,” said Todd Johnson, Principal and Co-Owner of Artisan and Johnson Brothers. “We couldn’t be happier to add this extraordinary partner to our portfolio.”

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About Artisan Beer Company

Artisan Beer Company was founded in 2011 and is driven by the mission to provide top-class craft beer to the state of Minnesota. Committed to building strong relationships with independent breweries across the globe, Artisan is driven to curate an unrivaled portfolio. The team’s expertise has led to exclusive partnerships with local and regional breweries as well as importers, ensuring quality, every beer, every sip. Artisan Beer Company is proudly owned by Johnson Brothers Liquor Company. For more info, visit us at