Small Business Spotlight: Klockow Brewing Company

This Small Business Spotlight features Tasha Klockow, one half of the dynamic duo behind Klockow Brewing Company. Tasha and her husband Andy opened the Grand Rapids-based brewery and taproom in 2017, and it quickly became a favorite spot for residents and visitors to hang out, listen to live music, and try out Klockow’s latest creations. Since the brewery’s inception, the couple has become leaders in giving back by partnering with area nonprofits for fundraisers, limited-edition brews, and more. We spoke to Tasha Klockow about her thoughts on giving back as a small business owner.

Tasha and Andy Klockow raise a glass of one of their own brews.

1. Tell us about your business. What is your business philosophy?
Klockow Brewing Company is a production microbrewery and taproom in Grand Rapids, MN off of Highway 169 South. Our philosophy is to work hard, play harder, give back to the community that supports us, and make the best beer possible.

2. What is unique about owning and operating a small business in the Itasca area?
The Northwoods are truly magical, even (especially?) in the winter. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful lakes, rivers, and forests to explore. Not to mention the friendly, generous community that lives here year-round!

3. What advice would you give to other companies looking to get involved in the community?
Just dive in head first! You will find your passion only through exploration!

4. Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way’s Community Investment Fund?
We are passionate about United Way’s work because it focuses on investing in the future of our community. Providing a boost to those that need it most makes a huge impact on the health of our fellow citizens.

5. What is something interesting or surprising that most people don’t know about you?
One thing people are usually surprised to know is that Klockow rhymes with taco! Another fun fact is that we (Andy & Tasha) are huge black metal fans!

6. What would your older self tell your younger self?
Nothing, because my younger self probably wouldn’t have listened. But what I will tell my daughter as she grows is: be gentle with and forgiving of yourself, be generous but don’t be a doormat, be brave and unapologetically yourself as often as possible, and always tell those you love that you love them.

7. Is there a quote or saying that guides or inspires you?
If you have more than you need, do not build a taller fence, but a longer table.

Our Small Business Spotlight series highlights locally-owned small businesses that support United Way’s work in the community through Small Business 365+ membership. Visit uwlakes.org/get-involved/companies to learn more about how your company can support United Way through sponsorships, workplace giving programs, and more.