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Breweries opening in Minnesota 2013/2014

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

  1. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Yep, Peter Remes is the wizard behind so many of these urban re-purposing transformations, and his track record is excellent. And seeing as that space is in my hood I'll be getting word on it soon enough (note: I do have big ears and some friends in food/beverage and real estate, too, so I'd heard of the "plan" in July, before the articles outlining the re-development hit the digital airwaves, and for the time being I believe that one is more silicon snakeoil than anything. Let's see if Burning Brothers, BANG!, and Urban Growler can turn the world on its ear before we try to turn the western half of St. Paul's Midway area into the next 'Nordeast Brewery District', shall we? :cool:)

    A couple of other updates:

    Lazy Loon Brewing Company (Chaska, MN)
    PUBLIQ Brewing Company*

    * It's worth noting that two recently-unveiled plans -Publiq and Stone Saloon- expect to open for business within the 2015-2016 timeframe, so don't plot-in those GPS coordinates just yet. :cool:
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  2. The kick ass news finally got out! Scott Johnson the old owner of All Saints Brands Distributing and Importing will be opening his dream brewery sometime this year. Three years ago he called me up and asked if he should start a brewery, it's nice to see he listened to my advice. I have been to the dynamite St. Paul location, seen the art work on the big cans and have tasted the old recipes that made All Saints Brands famous in this market and the country. ie. beers All Saints Brands developed for current breweries and defunct breweries. The best job I have ever had. If we had a Mount Rushmore for beer in our state he would be one of the four faces on it! Cheers to Scott!
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  3. It wouldn't be Dave's BrewFarm if it wasn't Dave and wasn't on a BrewFarm.
  4. There are two names I haven't seen here yet: Tin Whiskers and LynLake.
  5. Dave2234

    Dave2234 Aficionado (200) Minnesota Aug 20, 2013

    As a practicing electrical engineer, I'm really looking forward to Tin Whiskers. Go Geeks!
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  6. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

  7. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Savant (415) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009

    So this makes two breweries in Victoira (Lazy Loon says Victoria, not Chaska, but the same area). Are they just a canning operation where someone else is brewing the beer? Like Tonka? I have no clue...
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  8. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    C.f. Minnesota Valley Brewing - ( the same street address as the registrant for http://lazyloonbrewing.com/ )
    It could be a co-packaging arrangement like Tonka, but it seems to be more involved.
  9. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Savant (415) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009

    I wish all breweries well. But MANY will have to fight for my dollar outside of a brewpub/bar/tap room ~ I do buy MN in these settings and not national brands very often except special releases.
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  10. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    I wish 'em all well, too.

    I'm a creature of habit (not a ticker), so when I counted the distinct beers from Minnesota breweries circa 2006 to today, there were over two hundred on the list -- most of which I have yet to try! Even if many of these were festival only (or "DONG" from the brewpubs and taprooms which have since proliferated) that's a lot of beer to try. But the Beer Obsession (drinking, collecting junk for the garage...) ain't my only hobby so I don't feel so bad.

    It's also hard to be everywhere at once; every fest, every retail outlet, every taproom...
  11. You can read some of the history and see some of the pics of the location and artist renderings in this forum: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=14256.0

    Right down the street from 612Brew. I'm loving the craft brew scene coming out of NE.
  12. Pug

    Pug Savant (365) Minnesota Jun 6, 2012

    I'll visit them all (someday), and will probably return to some of the out of the way places like Enki to see how they've developed and changed (plus, I had a good visit during their soft opening with only two beers on tap), but it will generally take something superior for me to spend extra time / money buying a pint when I'm at a bar or buying more than a single in a mixed six when I'm at the store.
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  13. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    This next one is not a plan for Minnesota, but it's fairly close... Barley John's in New Richmond, WI.
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  14. maximum12

    maximum12 Advocate (735) Minnesota Jan 21, 2008

    Ri-fuck-ulous that Barley John's can't open their brewery in NE Minneapolis.

    Speaking of which, did St. Paul ever repeal the law that made it illegal to dance in the dark?
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  15. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Dancin' in the dark requires a venue to have a food license and a one drink minimum per customer.
    (Bruce on the Touchtunes is also required. :cool:)
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  16. McRyan

    McRyan Aficionado (230) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

  17. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Savant (415) Minnesota Dec 25, 2009

    Explain....
  18. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Same folks. It's all local (Uptown/Wedge) politics. I believe it had something to do with the commercial retail and commercial on-sale overlap in the relevant platting.

    Edit: I know that sounds like technical mumbo-jumbo and it is; if you have a friend in real estate and zoning, perhaps they can break it down for you. It's basically a study in Minneapolis neighborhood politics, and not a whole lot more. :cool:
  19. McRyan

    McRyan Aficionado (230) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Ha, sounds good! Glad they are getting things worked out.
  20. herman77

    herman77 Savant (490) Minnesota Jan 24, 2010

    Can you tell us that story again about your mothers daughter Surly experience? ;)
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  21. McRyan

    McRyan Aficionado (230) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

  22. BeerBoy

    BeerBoy Savant (255) Wisconsin Aug 6, 2003

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  23. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

  24. Pug

    Pug Savant (365) Minnesota Jun 6, 2012

    I'm hearing of a brewery working to get into the old Hamm's building - not Flat Earth, a new small one. I don't have documentation, it's a friend of my co-worker. Don't know the name. If it goes down, it's going to be all seasonals based on what crop comes in, and season to season the batches won't be exactly the same. Local ingredients.

    Even though I work in an industry not at all related to beer, we might get to meet up with the guy in the near future so he can talk about his stuff to the handful of beer geeks we've got working here.

    My guess is 2015 at the earliest, if everything moves fast.
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  25. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    I want to think that this is, at long last, Last City Brewing, and that they will be brewing lots of seasonal lagers.:D
  26. BeerBoy

    BeerBoy Savant (255) Wisconsin Aug 6, 2003

    Opportunity is a-knockin': http://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?36679-Turnkey-brewery-Minneapolis-MN
    Get those Benjamins lined-up and start a brewery! It's easy!
    And you'll make sooooo much $$$ you'll have to "call in rich" before you know it!
    BONUS! I just checked the BA database and "Northside Brewing" isn't taken! (though Google reveals a number of beer co's and formerly-known-as NBCs)
    (I apologize for the extensive use of "!" - I just get so excited!)
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  27. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Just a very brief update on this "plan", and that is to say that there is no definite plan, presently.

    I spoke with a newly-opened local coffee roaster (co-op) that presently shares a space in Watertower Place, and he said that the developer's real estate agent is insistent on signing a brewpub or small packaging brewery. Any takers?

    Meanwhile, over on Lake Street, get ready to welcome East Lake Brewing*!

    *Maybe.
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  28. mkhartnett

    mkhartnett Savant (290) Minnesota Oct 27, 2010

  29. dc55110

    dc55110 Advocate (505) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010

  30. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

  31. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    It's a scientifically-proven fact that Minneapolis cannot have enough brewpubs. I can't wait to see the bicycle rikshaws ferrying people from one place to the next. :D
  32. Pug

    Pug Savant (365) Minnesota Jun 6, 2012

    I don't see that as an issue. No different than the Lyndale Tap House being next to Muddy Waters with the Herkimer and Moto-i across the street. It'll be a busy area, but if they're good, they can make it.
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  33. McRyan

    McRyan Aficionado (230) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    The Herk will cause no issues. Still shocked there is not a new brewery in Uptown.
  34. McRyan

    McRyan Aficionado (230) Minnesota Jul 25, 2012

    Have any info on the uber secret Brau Lab? The guys at Sociable (who by the way have the coolest stainless steel growler now) said they will be doing lagers.
  35. mkhartnett

    mkhartnett Savant (290) Minnesota Oct 27, 2010

  36. billhelm

    billhelm Savant (370) Minnesota Feb 9, 2011

    I think at least a few have tried to open in uptown and failed because they were not able to navigate zoning/city council issues. I remember one that got a nasty voicemail from the previous council member.
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  37. mkhartnett

    mkhartnett Savant (290) Minnesota Oct 27, 2010

    Had I won a billion dollars I would have done it.
  38. Chaz

    Chaz Champion (815) Minnesota Feb 3, 2002

    Yeah, I'd say that the voicemail fueled their desires more than anything else.

    Seeing as how the Lyn-Lake Brewery plan and Pryes are both in (or sorta-in, as Pryes is closer to the Wedge) Uptown, I'd say that that part of Minneapolis will have enough fresh, quality Craft Beer to go around -- before long.
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  39. Does that mean your bracket wasn't perfect?
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