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Bang Brewing

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by maximum12, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (920) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Beer Trader

    Since this little place opened up in St. Anthony Park where I grew up, & we were stopping by my mom's place last night, thought I'd swing by & check it out.

    Strange little place. Looks like a grain silo from the outside, & also looks like it's intentionally hiding. If you didn't know what it looked like (I saw a pic of it in some on-line article) you wouldn't know. No sign, no exterior hint that it's a brewery...just what appears to be a squat, cut-in-half grain silo. Not sure what the strategy is there. Maybe they're just taking it slow?

    Anyways, the important part, Neat. Their only beer is a pale ale, & it's right on the border between very good & excellent. It is a bit pricey, at $6/pint. But IMHO, pales are one of the hardest styles to nail. No room for error, no huge malt bill or or searing hops or barrel to hide the flaws, so doing up a low-ABV, boring old pale that well is impressive. I'll be heading back.
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  2. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    Great review!
  3. mjryan

    mjryan Advocate (550) Minnesota Dec 22, 2007

    Got to chat with the brewer/owner guy while there. Tried to pry some info from him about their mission/goals/whatever but he was pouring the beer and kept getting interrupted. Single malt and single hop, he said he hopped the hell out of it. Not even sure what the abv is but I'd guess somewhere between 5-6%. Certainly was quite dry and bitter. I liked the beer, the place and folks running it.
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  4. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Has anyone tried their new beer Minn. Minimal IBU? Weird name.
  5. edbeered

    edbeered Savant (355) Minnesota Oct 29, 2004

    It's a Mild Ale. It's true to style and well made. If you like Milds, you'll like this one. Both their beers are 100 % organic, which might be why they are a bit pricey.
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  6. 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.
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  7. igor

    igor Aficionado (230) Minnesota Nov 7, 2009

    Stopped in yesterday and tried both the pale ale and the mild. Both were solid. The pale was incredibly crisp. The building, grain silo was super cool. It's definitely the most unique place to have a beer in the twin cities. There really isn't much for seating. About 8-10 places at the bar. There were a few chairs that you could sit on too. I reccomend a visit to anyone looking for an under the radar ( at least for now) place to have a good beer.
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  8. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Flying way on under the radar... Not really sure why, anyone check it out lately?
  9. tonye

    tonye Aficionado (170) Minnesota Oct 28, 2009

    I asked about that when I was there on Saturday. It sounds like they're just being overly cautious. They said they had just returned from visiting their (organic) hop farmer in Michigan. They're still playing with their ingredients a bit, and said they want to lock in the final ingredients/recipes for their main brews before they start shipping kegs. They don't want to change them much after they officially launch.

    So for now, they're content to just use the taproom to try things out on us. They said they don't expect to start shipping kegs until somewhere around the beginning of the year. Apparently, they can afford to do that.
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  10. maximum12

    maximum12 Champion (920) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008 Beer Trader

    Goodness. I liked their beer, now I like them. There are a number of Twin Cities breweries that should be forced to write this on a chalkboard 2,000 times. Good for Bang!
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  11. I visited this past weekend and found their pale ale to be WAY too bitter, really unpleasantly mouth-numbing. Wasn't getting much hop aroma either. The space is ridiculously cool so I wish them the best but I don't want that same beer near my lips again.

    I just had a sip of their mild from my buddy's glass so I can't really give a just review. Not too much going on. Seemed pleasant enough for me, didn't really do much for him though.
  12. morimech

    morimech Champion (820) Minnesota Nov 6, 2006

    I was going to post something along the likes of "This would make maximum12 happy" but you beat me to it.
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  13. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Does anyone know if Bang is going to distribute their beer?
  14. Chaz

    Chaz Poobah (1,090) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002 Beer Trader

    That's funny, I could swear that they had an email address (but I can't find one.) They do Twitter, so maybe someone can send them a Tweet and ask.

    Pretty small operation as it it, but I suppose they could run a contract for some cans to be filled nearby. :cool:
  15. KV12482

    KV12482 Aficionado (175) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010

    I believe their plan is to distribute to St. Paul bars only.
  16. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    They seem very content on staying small. Hard to find much of a media presence or footprint. Where can you even find taproom hours?
  17. KV12482

    KV12482 Aficionado (175) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010

    The hours are on the front page of their website http://bangbrewing.com/

    Friday 5 P.M. to 10 P.M.
    Saturday 12 noon to 5 P.M.
  18. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Thanks didn't know they had one. No link on the twitter handle.
  19. tonye

    tonye Aficionado (170) Minnesota Oct 28, 2009

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