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On the Road: Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. (KTTC) -- There is a city on the Mississippi with a very special kind of charm.

"Red Wing is a very historical city, and the people here are very proud of that history," said Scott Kolby, one of the owners of the Red Wing Brewery.

From almost every vantage point in the city you can see the streets, buildings, and even the light posts dripping in American history.

"When a visitor comes to Red Wing, there are certain things that they enjoy seeing -- work boots, shoes, pottery, stoneware," Kolby said. "Those are all very inherent to Red Wing's culture."

While we know about the boots and the stoneware, there's one business in Red Wing that's trying to bring back another piece of history.

"It is the actual 1896 recipe that was brewed here at the old Remmler's brewery," Kolby said.

While the Red Wing Brewery may be less than two-years-old, what happens inside the doors has been going on in the river town for years.

"Beer making was one of the traditional industries of the city for it's first 90 years of existence," Kolby said.

The owners say the beer never goes through the doors. They brew it in house along the kitchen where they make their pizzas, and on each tap there's another line for another historic nonalcoholic brew made with maple syrup

"It has that traditional root beer barrel candy flavor to it," said Kolby about their specialty root beer.

Just up the street from the brewery, there's a museum getting ready to open its doors that features the wares from a Red Wing institution.

"They made the best stoneware and we know they made the best stoneware because their letter head said they made the best stoneware," said Larry Peterson of the Pottery Museum. "We know they wouldn't have lied."

The new Red Wing Pottery Museum is about to open its doors Wednesday, and they say they have 98 percent of everything the company ever made.

"With the stoneware, I mean this is what we used before refrigeration," said Robin Wipperling of the Pottery Museum. "This is how we stored food. It was kind of the tupperware of that era."

But they say its about more than the crocks, the dinnerware or the 70 gallon jug, it's about the people who used them.

"You get a whole history of how we lived," Wipperling said.

And what's true in the museum is true throughout the city. There's a lot of history, but today it's made new by the people who live it and love it.

"We say so much it's not about the pieces, it's about the people, Wipperling said."

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