Bang Brewing Company
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.34/5 rDev +3.1%
A friend of mine is doing a tour playing shows at various tap rooms in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and one of his stops was Bang! I stopped in on a Thursday afternoon to catch his show, and was a little bit surprised to discover the brewery was located in a literal grain silo in the middle of a very industrial area.. Shiny new-looking brewing equipment adorned most of the walls with a few taps and a stainless bar on wheels along one side. It was quirky, but in a very interesting way that actually seemed to work. Space was a bit limited (being that it is, after all, a grain silo) but the beautiful July afternoon allowed most of the customers to congregate outside along picnic tables and portable chairs.
The owners were there personally pouring their beer and more than willing to BS about their beer, their brewery, beer in general, and whatever other random topics came to mind. They were extremely knowledgeable and personable.
Being a taproom, and a very small one at that, their selection was fairly limited. Four house beers were available (a "dark ale," an APA, a mild, and a "real ale" which resembled a bitter) on what appeared to be a 5-tap system. The pale was very solid with a healthy dose bittering hops but the malt and hop flavors and aroma to stand up to it. I followed up with a pint of their bitter, which uses German hops to provide an interesting twist (a friend told me it was a SMaSH beer, but I didn't confirm this with the brewer). We were given a small sample of their "dark" ale, which fit somewhere along the porter and stout line and was a very solid, even if not their best brew. I skipped the mild as I'm generally only a fan of the style on cask.
It should be noted that all of the ingredients are entirely organic, probably a factor in the relatively high (for a taproom at least) price of $6 a pint. They also sell growlers, though I didn't check the prices for those.
Since Bang! is a taproom in Minnesota, there is no food served and they don't have food trucks there, for now anyway.
Overall, this is a small, quirky, and fairly out-of-the-way place. However, they are very friendly people who make excellent beer and everything about this brewery is very unpretentious. I enjoyed it and since it's only about a ten minute drive from home for me, I will definitely be back.
07-25-2014 20:48:54 | More by Phocion
3.94/5 rDev -6.4%
Stopped by on a whim, by suggestion of the head brewer up at Northgate. I distinctly remember pulling in and thinking I'd gone to the wrong address. However, something compelled me to walk over to the, slightly out of place, Silo on the edge of the lot. The inside was very impressive, the high ceiling of the silo mixed with the reconstituted wood over the tap, made for an interesting atmospheric feel. We caught them pretty early in their run, maybe only a week or so after opening, but the Pale they were serving was top-notch as far as Pales go. Definitely a high IBU brew (I would've mistaken it for a IPA, had I not been told). Talked to the owner and his wife for a good bit, lovely people. Turns out they're tilling a bit of the land next to the silo to start growing a few beer supplies. I can't recall if they were planning on using them for their own brews or selling. From what I saw, I think this is a brewery to keep your eye on. Fantastic Flag ship brew, and more on the way. I'll definitely be back.
10-11-2013 14:35:44 | More by BeardedAllen
Bang Brewing Company in Saint Paul, MN
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