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Breweries opening in Minnesota 2013/2014

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by mnstorm99, Jun 20, 2013.

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  1. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    There are still tweaks to these standard beers that go a long way from differentiating yourself from the herd. They made no attempt to do this.
  2. mjryan

    mjryan Advocate (525) Minnesota Dec 22, 2007

    Big Jim is solid, though the first time I had it I wasn't very impressed. I actually just returned from the Freehouse. I had the brown ale and the IPA. Both we good in my opinion. Solid and safe to be sure. The burger I had was incredible.
  3. Pug

    Pug Savant (430) Minnesota Jun 6, 2012

    Speaking of Northbound, I had a chance to sample from a growler of their Solstice Wheat Saturday night at a holiday party. Friggin delicious. Now I really want to make it over there.
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  4. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Savant (415) Minnesota Jan 30, 2013 Beer Trader

  5. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

  6. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    Gotta love the lack of breweries opening in the Roch area...
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  7. maximum12

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

    The concentration of breweries in the Cities is astounding...there's zero of interest in the South Metro. A taproom would do really well just about anywhere down here.
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  8. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Aficionado (195) Minnesota Jun 15, 2006 Verified

    I'll believe that one when I see it. To me, there's more going on with that purchase than meets the eye.
  9. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Sounds like Burning Brothers will be canning soon. Will they have a taproom?
  10. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    With 5,000 s.f. you'd think that they could shoe-horn a tasting area and taproom/growler sales, right? ;) This article here says that they will have a taproom.
    Maybe "zero" is the wrong choice of word, and instead there's merely little interest? There is a plan for Eagan (albeit no solid info to go on right now) and there's those Shakopee plan(s), so that sort of covers the east-west bias for the south metro/over the river. There's also some more gastropub plans and some other already established places upping their Craft and specialty tap selection (the fact that Buffalo Tap got BCBS and Darkness was surprise to me, at least.)
    LTS has you covered right there, Stogie. :cool:

    Edit: "Patriot's Brewing" in Faribault has changed its name to F-Town Brewing.
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  11. Shag

    Shag Savant (285) Minnesota Jun 27, 2007 Beer Trader

    What's the story on Eagan?
  12. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    It's called "Cedar Grove Brewery & Tap", and there's precious little out there at the moment, but from what I hear their plan is to be open by the summer of 2014. A lot of BIPs plan to be open around that time, so it will be interesting to see so many open right in time for the prime summer months.
  13. Shag

    Shag Savant (285) Minnesota Jun 27, 2007 Beer Trader

    Interesting, thanks. Any idea where in Eagan?

    I hope that pans out - the SE metro is a bit of a beer wasteland. Would love to see something pop up in IGH, South St. Paul, or West St. Paul, but not holding my breath...
  14. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Like I'd mentioned earlier there's no solid data of that sort, as the plan is just developing.
    I'd almost forgotten that Zest has now closed, but the Valley Tap House, Chianti Grille, and Carbone's seem to be making much more effort south and west of the general IGH, SSP, and WSP area.

    Also, there's word that
    JL Beers and Williston Brewing Company will be entering the Twin Cities market, so I would expect one or both of these restaurant concepts to (perhaps) consider locations near e.g. the Old Chicago locations in Apple Valley and Eagan in order to draw from their existing clientele.
  15. XmnwildX12

    XmnwildX12 Poobah (1,385) Minnesota Nov 12, 2010 Beer Trader

    Crooked Pint is also opening in Apple Valley, might be alright on the way to AV3.
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  16. maximum12

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

    Zest closed???? Shitballs. We were there about a month ago, I had no idea, that was one of the few unique places around Eagan with both good food & solid taps. Sucks.

    And the southeast metro NEEDS a taproom. It's like the surface of Mars down here. I hope the Cedar Whazzit plans go through AND it doesn't suck.
  17. BeerBoy

    BeerBoy Savant (275) Wisconsin Aug 6, 2003

    Here ya go: http://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?35497-Taproom-in-Mpls-St-Paul-metro
    It's easy - everyone should open a brewery!
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  18. jera1350

    jera1350 Champion (925) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

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  19. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

  20. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    How about a Dave's brewfarm franchise in the Roch...
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  21. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

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  22. ZAP

    ZAP Champion (795) Minnesota Dec 1, 2001

    Yeah I saw that one...bring them on up here....had a Junkyard Dog IPA in Grand Forks recently and was impressed....much better than my first impression of a different beer of theirs last summer at Zorbaz in DL.....they may have gotten some things worked out....only had one pint but thought it was nicely balanced and very flavorful...not a hop bomb but very tasty,,,
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  23. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Savant (280) Minnesota Nov 4, 2011 Beer Trader

    I just hope they are better than the current home brewer in town that decided to open a brewery...
  24. solace

    solace Aficionado (110) Minnesota Aug 23, 2007

    not to beat a dead horse, but it's worth noting that Northbound had their Wild Rice Amber on tap after about a week of being open too.
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  25. It is 'Junkyard Brewing', no dog. I kept making that same mistake for a long while too because of the dog in their logo.
    I haven't had their IPA yet but they seem to be working through the kinks and were nicely reviewed in an article posted yesterday on MN Beer Activists - http://mnbeeractivists.com/newsfeed/junkyard-brewing
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  26. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Just a P.S. but it might be the plan to resurrect a very old, local brewing name and tradition. It's hush-hush...

    There's also the "Stonehouse Pub" plan, which is detailed here:
  27. tonye

    tonye Aficionado (170) Minnesota Oct 28, 2009

    Thanks! I'm sure I know what that local brewing name is. I have a wooden crate that belonged to them ("Cave Aged")!
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  28. A quick Google search on that name ("Cedar Grove Brewery & Tap") reveals this nugget: http://www.skillshare.com/projects/Cedar-Grove-Brewery-Tap/21978

    Additionally, local area knowledge indicates that "Cedar Grove" would be the area of the old Cedarvale Mall, and also where they are constructing a new "high end" shopping outlet center/mall. This seems to jive with the link above, so my money right now would be this new brewery/taphouse being a part of the new shopping outlet center complex, perhaps as an anchor tenant. Or perhaps just in the nearby vicinity.

    Very excited about this potential new brewery/taproom as it's very close to where I live and work. The proposed location is easy to get to from all parts of the metro area as it is the intersection of MN-77 (Cedar Ave) and MN-13.
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  29. morimech

    morimech Champion (820) Minnesota Nov 6, 2006

    I think being in a shopping center is a brilliant idea for a brewpub or taproom. Being able to bring in the odd curious shopper who otherwise would not consider going into a brewery would be very beneficial to a new business.
  30. jera1350

    jera1350 Champion (925) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

    Their Facebook page map has a location of Pilot Knob close to 35E and the Eagan civic center.
  31. Can you provide a link to their Facebook page? All I can find for "Cedar Grove Brewery" is from the link above, where they talk about capturing "thirsty mall shoppers desire for unique malt beverages", and there are no real mall or shopping opportunities near the civic center. In fact, if you type in nothing more than "Eagan, MN" into Google Maps or Bing Maps, they both default you to a place marker very near the civic center. So, my theory is they just specified the location as "Eagan, MN" and that's what shows up when you don't supply a full address.

    Sorry, just being a bit of a web sleuth. :)
  32. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    I see two pages: "Cedar Grove Brewery & Tap, LLC" and "CedarGrove Brewery*", plus a two others with similar names which may be unrelated -- there's definitely a learning curve involving Social Media and new breweries. ;)

    *You can also contact the man with the plan right here.
  33. jera1350

    jera1350 Champion (925) Minnesota Dec 15, 2007

    I bet your right. I now see under the map "to be determined- Eagan, MN"

    Thanks for the links Chaz. The LLC one is where I saw said map.
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  34. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

  35. BeerBoy

    BeerBoy Savant (275) Wisconsin Aug 6, 2003

    I searched but nothing popped here on them: Bauhaus Brew Labs - https://www.facebook.com/BauhausBrewLabs
    Goin' large right out of the gate - 30bbl brewhouse.

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  36. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Yeah, and there are a few more to add, yet...

    I've been in contact with Brewers Association (via Richard Stueven "BeerMe" site) and they are really having trouble keeping track on the national level. :eek:
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  37. BeerBoy

    BeerBoy Savant (275) Wisconsin Aug 6, 2003

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  38. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (940) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    I know, right?

    (I had heard something 'bout this one through the local foodie grapevine, and just shook my head.)
  39. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Advocate (545) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

    Don't know if this is the same India Palace in the email address.


    I would love a nice brew pup in the south metro, but does anyone foresee really cheap brewing equipment in the next few years (or months)

    I am cool with the brewpub/tap room idea, but more places selling bottles is just insane. I rotate between breweries ~ for locals mostly Indeed, Steel Toe, Summit, Schell's and once in a while Surly. I cannot remember buying a 4/6 pack or a bomber or anything else local. I will by locals on tap almost exclusively, but normally that does not lead me to buying it in the store.

    I understand that many of the breweries that build a niche in their area, Mankato, Brau (I know they have been around), Brainerd and the like, will always have a nice local following, as they should, but growing that business in the Cities will be hard.
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  40. McRyan

    McRyan Savant (265) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Tower Brewing opening in St. Paul (94/Vandalia). Same ownership who did the building that 612 is in. Anyone else have more information?
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