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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

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    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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    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.
     
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  5. Chaz

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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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    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

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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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    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.
     
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    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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    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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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    bent paddle in duluth is awesome!
     
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    'Tis a new one. SHHHH!
     
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    Agreed. We drank Bent Paddle all last week. Their beers are solid.
     
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    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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    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
     
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    Beers and business plan are similar. Vibe is definately different.
     
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    Wenonah Brewing opening soon in Goodview, MN, which is right outside of Winonah. Really good dudes behind this one.
     
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    I hope they brew better stuff than at Wellingtons, unless Wellingtons has improved since I was there last
     
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    Bemidji Brewing has expanded past Nano and has a taproom, slated to open within a month.
     
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    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...
     
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    Anyone have more info on HammerHeart?

    Sounds like it would be right up my alley...
     
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    1bbl to 3 bbl isn't exactly a big jump. Tom will give us the same quality beer.
     
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    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

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

    Also:

    - 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:
     
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    That's a lot of breweries, right there.
     
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    Day Block is hoping to be open by years end, from the source.
     
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    Hi,
    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,
    John
     
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    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.
     
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    And we can recommend plenty of stores (if you want to check your bag) and other places to drink. Where are you staying?
     
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    sacrelicio. I bought some bottles to go last year from Indeed.
    I'm staying in Roseville.
     
  36. SipIt

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