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Breweries opening in Minnesota 2013/2014

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

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  1. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    2012/2013 saw an increase of breweries that no one could really have expected. As I am feeling out of touch, what is going to be opening in the next year and a half?
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  2. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Are you asking for a comprehensive list, or just feeling long-in-the-tooth? :D

    (Note: I had an updated list a few weeks back before my p.c. took a hit and a wipe -- not backed up to any 'cloud', so this is off the top of my head.)

    Bang! Brewing (St. Paul)
    Bent Brewstillery (Shoreview - currently Roseville)
    Burning Brothers (St. Paul)
    Enki (Victoria)
    HammerHeart (Lino Lakes)
    Hayes' Public House (Buffalo)
    Last City Brewing (St. Paul)
    Patriot's Brewing (Faribault)
    Pryes Brewing (Uptown)
    Tin Whiskers (Roseville)
    Urban Growler (St. Paul)

    There's another in St. Paul the name of which I am forgetting (it's not "Steiner Brewing" -- that's been in the pipes for a while) and there was supposedly one opening in New Ulm, as well -- no word on that one of late.
  3. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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  4. NuclearDolphin

    NuclearDolphin Sep 9, 2011 Minnesota

  5. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Most Likely. There've been anywhere from one to five separate plans percolating in that general vicinity over the last ten years, plus the guy up in Maple Grove, the guy in Champlin, and the guy over in Woodbury (sorry Trav!)

    Another is "Fair State". Not sure of their location, but I keep confusing it with Falcon Heights...
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  6. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    Damn, and I thought they might be slowing down.

    I have heard rumor that Nordeast Minneapolis might get another one as well. And, a brewpub next to Grumpy's Downtown.
  7. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Definitely plenty of rumors.

    If we're going to be a state with any real Craft Beer clout at all, we'll have to hit 100. It's scientific! :cool:
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  8. morimech

    morimech Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Enki is supposedly opening in July. Drove by the building (the old creamery building about two blocks off of Hwy 5 in Victoria) and see they are going to have a taproom with an outdoor patio.
  9. StarRanger

    StarRanger Nov 27, 2006 North Dakota

    Junkyard Brewing (Moorhead) - in the process of getting their final label approvals and hope to be selling in the next month or so.
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  10. morimech

    morimech Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Correction. Enki in Victoria is now open. I stumbled into the place about 30 minutes after they through the doors open for the first time today. Cannot give much info as far as operations go as everyone was busy to engage in much conversation, but looks like draught only with a taproom which I suspect will have the usual taproom hours. I asked about types of beers they were going to brew and was told German influenced ales. Only one beer on-tap as of now which I could of sworn I was told was a pale ale. I would call it an amber ale as it was quite dark with a lot of caramel/crystal malt with some German malt flavor. Similar to Mankato's Organ Grinder Amber. They have a Kolsch coming on soon that sounds like no other Kolsch I have ever had. A darker, maltier version that does not sound like something I would like.
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  11. ben4bier

    ben4bier Mar 3, 2013 Minnesota

    interesting how people always throw that German influence in there regardless of the actual styles the brew. My favorite was I seemto recall them claiming to brew in the German and Belgium tradition, but the first bets they releas are an esb and a stout.
  12. tonye

    tonye Oct 28, 2009 Minnesota

    A friend was riding her bike on St. Paul's West Side (across the river from downtown St. Paul) and saw some workers working on a vacant building. She asked if they knew what was moving in there, and they told her a brewery. Any idea who that would be? Is it one of the previously mentioned new St. Paul breweries, or someone else?
  13. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    bent paddle in duluth is awesome!
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  14. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    'Tis a new one. SHHHH!
  15. tonye

    tonye Oct 28, 2009 Minnesota

    Agreed. We drank Bent Paddle all last week. Their beers are solid.
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  16. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    I really enjoyed Bent Paddle and am excited to see what they do.

    Seems very Indeed of the north, whatch would be a very good thing.
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  17. ZAP

    ZAP Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Right on the money here...my thoughts exactly when I had them...granted their facilities are different and have different vibes (both good just different) but their beers rang similar to me...and I love Indeed
  18. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    Beers and business plan are similar. Vibe is definately different.
  19. hamham

    hamham Oct 26, 2011 Minnesota

    Wenonah Brewing opening soon in Goodview, MN, which is right outside of Winonah. Really good dudes behind this one.
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  20. ben4bier

    ben4bier Mar 3, 2013 Minnesota

    I hope they brew better stuff than at Wellingtons, unless Wellingtons has improved since I was there last
  21. olympuszymurgus

    olympuszymurgus Nov 24, 2009 California
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    Bemidji Brewing has expanded past Nano and has a taproom, slated to open within a month.
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  22. ZAP

    ZAP Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    I wonder how big of a challenge it is to brew on a bigger scale now......I've loved their nano sized stuff so far...
  23. 46and2

    46and2 Mar 28, 2008 Minnesota

    Anyone have more info on HammerHeart?

    Sounds like it would be right up my alley...
  24. olympuszymurgus

    olympuszymurgus Nov 24, 2009 California
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    1bbl to 3 bbl isn't exactly a big jump. Tom will give us the same quality beer.
  25. tonye

    tonye Oct 28, 2009 Minnesota

  26. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I think brewery taproom and brewpubs will revitalize the St. Paul nightlife scene like nothing else up to this point.
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  27. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    In case you might've blinked, Wenonah opened last Saturday. Growler and pint sales Thu-Sat.


    - Day Block and Loose-Wiles were both caught in the shutdown, but are moving forward.
    - Hayes Public House
    is nearing completion.
    - Urban Growler
    is fully-funded (and with their build-out next on their agenda.)

    I'm too lazy to add the rest right now, but 2014 looks like a whirlwind of openings for these plans, as well as Tin Whiskers and one or two others that have been mentioned. :cool:
    #27 Chaz, Nov 22, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2013
  28. JohnSnowNW

    JohnSnowNW Feb 6, 2013 Minnesota
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    That's a lot of breweries, right there.
  29. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    Day Block is hoping to be open by years end, from the source.
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  30. djschnabel

    djschnabel Jan 30, 2010 Minnesota

  31. phillyman

    phillyman Jul 5, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I'm heading out to the Twin Cities next week for a few nights and I'm looking for some advise.
    I love Town Hall and Happy Gnome and like Muddy Pig. Last year I enjoyed Indeed.
    I like to bring great beer back to Philly that we can't get and every year I hove lots of beer in my suit case.
    Any brewery's that I should hit that sell bottles or cans to go?

    Thanks in advance,
  32. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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  33. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    None. It isn't legal here. BUT, I hear you can buy Surly at the airport, which would allow you to bring it in your carry-on.
  34. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    And we can recommend plenty of stores (if you want to check your bag) and other places to drink. Where are you staying?
  35. phillyman

    phillyman Jul 5, 2012 Pennsylvania

    sacrelicio. I bought some bottles to go last year from Indeed.
    I'm staying in Roseville.
  36. SipIt

    SipIt Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    Some good guys over there. I wish them the best and look forward to their brews. I had a few of their pilots that were tasty.
  37. zeledonia

    zeledonia Nov 23, 2008 Washington
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    Good point. There's an odd exception for 750 ml bottles. Indeed was selling these out of their taproom for a while; not sure if they're still doing that. I believe Pour Decisions is/was as well. Other places do it for special releases (Steel Toe, Town Hall). Anywhere else?
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  38. sean_mpls

    sean_mpls Sep 11, 2012 Minnesota
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    Statute dealing with growler sales includes 750ml bottles.

    "The malt liquor shall be packed in 64-ounce containers commonly known as "growlers" or in 750 milliliter bottles."
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  39. jera1350

    jera1350 Dec 15, 2007 Minnesota

    I thought it was a law that malt liquor had to come in 40 oz. containers.
  40. opwog

    opwog Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Not sure that anything but growlers will be available at the brewery, but you should be able to find bombers from Steel Toe in the better beer stores around here. That is something that you should be bringing back as representative of some top level brewing happening around MN right now.
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