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Breweries opening in Minnesota 2013/2014

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

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  1. nograz

    nograz Disciple (346) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    My neighbor is a VP at BWW and I was talking to him this weekend about if they were going to finally expand in Maple Grove. Last time we talked about it, he said they wanted to, but it was too expensive. It sounds as though Don Pablo's isn't doing well and they have an in and it is being considered to be converted. From what we were talking about craft beer, BWW may bring a solid tap line. I guess there were involved with a deal with InBev to get New Glarus Spotted Cow on tap across the country exclusively at BWW outside of Wisconsin.

    It isn't quite Maple Grove, but Hayes Public House in Bufallo is worth checking out. Solid beers, really liked their Hillbilly Peach Picker and the owner/head brewer is a great guy. I also heard some guys in Hanover are looking to open a brewery/taproom in Hanover. They tried to get the old fire house, but could secure it, but they are still looking.
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  2. JMN44

    JMN44 Aspirant (224) Sep 19, 2013 Minnesota
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    Knowing Dan Carey a little I can almost guarantee you that InBev will not ever be a part owner of New Glarus or distribute their beer. New Glarus isn't leaving Wisconsin.
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  3. nograz

    nograz Disciple (346) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota
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    I have heard that before and in fact my brother in law lives right next to the town of New Glarus. He has had similar talks with and it sounded like it would never leave Wisco. I told him that and he was adiment that it was happening. It will be interesting to see what pans out.

    It wasn't that InBev would be co-owner, just that they would be distributing it.
  4. Lifeofbrian

    Lifeofbrian Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2010 Minnesota

    Money talks people walk.
  5. tonye

    tonye Initiate (29) Oct 28, 2009 Minnesota

    My wife and I stopped in there a few weeks ago, but the beers were off. We started with a sampler, and all but one of them had a noticeable plastic/band-aid off taste. It's been a few years since I've been active as a beer judge, but even my wife noticed it. I never know what to do in that situation. Do you go up and tell the brewer that all of his beers are infected? I didn't. They have a nice space. I wish them luck.
  6. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Update -- and hattip to Skyview for the motivation (I've been lazy busy. :sunglasses:)

    The status of some plans remains fundamentally unchanged since the last update, but for the sake of offering a better understanding (and with qualifying notes where applicable) this list is in sections:

    1. BIP and other plans ETA 2014 - 2016
    2. New Breweries / Taprooms / Brewing Companies opened ca. 2006 - 2014 (MANY changes!)
    3a. Plans long-in-development. 3b. Homebrewers with social media presence (italicized)
    3c. Breweries and BIP presumed to be defunct ("strike-through" text) or backburnered.

    As always, I've forgotten one or three...

    Plans ETA 2014 to 2016:
    Bauhaus Brew Labs - Minneapolis (Kickstarter-ing a taproom - 2014 opening)
    Blue Wolf Brewing - Champlin
    Cedar Grove Brewery - Eagan
    Eastlake Craft Brewery - Minneapolis (Planning)
    F-Town Brewing Company - Faribault
    Fair State Brewing Coop - Minneapolis
    Flynntown Brewing Co - Eden Prairie
    Foxhole Brewhouse - Willmar
    Goat Ridge Brewing - New London
    Gray Fox Beer Co - Minneapolis (Planning)
    Gull Dam Brewing - Nisswa (Planning -- possible co-packaging arrangement underway)
    Gun Flint Tavern - Grand Marais ("The Big Swamp Microbrewery" is very near completion!)
    Insight Brewing - Minneapolis
    Lazy Loon Brewing Company - Chaska
    Live The Dream Brewing (LTD) - Hopkins
    LTS Brewing Co - Rochester
    Lupulin Brewing - Big Lake/Montrose
    Lyn-Lake Brewery - Minneapolis
    Maple Island Brewing Co - Stillwater
    Mr. McGeasil Brewing - St. Paul
    Montgomery Brewing Co - Montgomery
    Opinion Brewing Company - Newport (Open as a pub / Planning)
    Oswald Brewing - Blue Earth
    Pryes Brewing Company - Minneapolis
    PUBLIQ Brewing Company - Minneapolis
    Roets Jordan Brewery - Jordan
    St. Louis River Brewing - Cloquet
    Stone Saloon - St. Paul (Planning/re-building structure; E.T.A. 2016)
    Shakopee Brewing Company - Shakopee
    Sisyphus Brewing - Minneapolis (opening summer of 2014)
    Soggyswamp Microbrewery - Waconia
    Take 16 Brewing Co. - Luverne
    Tin Whiskers Brewing Co - St. Paul (Opening Imminently)
    Twelve Down Brewing - St. Louis Park
    U4ic Brewing - Belle Plaine
    Urban Growler - St. Paul (Advanced Planning, Opening in 2014)
    Urban Moose - Sauk Rapids (Planning)
    Zurbey Brewing - Minneapolis

    Plans opened 2006 to 2014 (many noteworthy changes ca. 2013 - 2014):
    - Badger Hill - Moving / expanding into its own brewery in Shakopee.
    - Bang! Brewing - St. Paul
    - Bank Brewing Co. - Hendricks (New brewery and taproom. Co-packaging to continue.)
    - Bent Brewstillery - Opened and purchased/merged with PDBC.
    - Bent Paddle - Open, with cans beginning to filter down to the Cities.
    - Big Wood - Opened their microbrewery and taproom (Co-packaging continues.)
    - Boom Island - Bottles and draught available via a fairly wide range of Metro area distribution.
    - Borealis Fermentary - We can't get their bottles in The Cities. :angry:
    - Brau Brothers - Made the big move to Marshall, MN.
    - Burning Brothers - Opened with cans and draught available, taproom now open.
    - Castle Danger - Expanded the size and scale of its operation.
    - Clyde Iron Works - Duluth (Beer co-packaged at Lake Superior - often confused as a brewpub)
    - Day Block Brewing Company - Minneapolis (Open and kicking ass, by all accounts.)
    - Dubrue - Duluth (Presumed defunct and/or puchased in-toto by Blacklist; "Nobody" knows for sure!)
    - Enki - Open, with growler sales.
    - Excelsior - Now available in bottle and draught throughout the western Metro.
    - Flat Earth - Re-location to the Hamm's complex in St. Paul.
    - Freehouse - Opened to much critical attention...
    - Harriet - Now bottled and available at retail via a fairly focused range of Metro areas distribution.
    - Hayes' Public House - Buffalo (Brewery/taproom open.)
    - Indeed - Widely available and has now entered Southeastern Minnesota via J.J. Taylor.
    - Junkyard Brewing - Distribution to draught accounts in the western-edge of the state.
    - Kinney Creek - Rochester (Taproom open, with bottles available and trickling into The Cities.)
    - Lake Monster - Bottles and Draught co-packaged via Sand Creek.
    - Leech Lake Brewing - Plans include expansion, taproom and Fuggles* hop garden (*joking - or maybe not?)
    - NorthGate Brewing - signed a new lease (expansion, taproom, bombers... )
    - Pour Decisions Brewing Company - Merged with (purchased by) Bent Brewstillery, in January 2014.
    - Red Wing Brewery - Open for close to a year; brewpub with growler sales.
    - Sociable Cider Werks - Opened to very good reviews; Offers beers in addition to ciders.
    - Surly Brewing Company - New brewery / pub / Event Center / Extravaganza opening in 2014.
    - Tail Slap Brewing Co. - Bayport, MN (Co-packaged at Minhas/Monroe)
    - Wenonah Brewing - Goodview (Taproom is open, with growler sales)
    - Wolf Brewery - Stillwater (Co-packaging through -Dubrue- Blacklist)

    Other BIP:
    - "Grand Marais #2" - Cara Sporn plan
    - India Palace Plan (Burnsville)
    - Watertower Place Brewing Co. (West Midway / St. Paul)
    - Unconfirmed *second* plan for the Hamm's Brewing complex in St. Paul

    Un-named BIP from latest BrewersAssociation list - listed by location:
    - BIP Clear Lake
    - BIP Cottage Grove
    - BIP Eden Prairie
    - BIP 1 Minneapolis
    - BIP 2 Minneapolis
    - BIP 3 Minneapolis
    - BIP 4 Minneapolis
    - BIP 5 Minneapolis
    - BIP 6 Minneapolis
    - BIP 7 Minneapolis
    - BIP 8 Minneapolis
    - BIP 9 Minneapolis
    - BIP New Ulm
    - BIP Shakopee (1 of 4 or possibly 5 total plans)

    BIP plans long in development / Hombrew-only / Plans which did not materialize (defunct or back-burnered)
    - Angry Inch Brewing - Minneapolis (Currently homebrewing, only)
    - Blue Pike Brewing - Golden Valley (Currently homebrewing, only)
    - 'Dominium Plan' (Jacob Schmidt Brewing Co. complex. No ETA)
    - Fytenburg (Mr. Fyten's plan for a microbrewery and taproom along West Seventh.)
    - Last City Brewing Company - St. Paul (presumed defunct)
    - North Star Brewing - Woodbury (plan developed by a guy who was sidetracked by political ambitions! :grimacing:)
    - Rocky Coast Brewing Co - Beaver Bay (Presumed defunct)
    - Steiner Brewing Company (BIP - St. Paul. In development for eight years.)
    - Three Witches Craft Brew - Minnetonka (Michael Koppelman's plan - presumed 'back-burnered')

    Other changes (and one BIG surprise):
    - 'Cave Aged Yoerg's' (to be co-packaged in St. Paul) Out of production since 1954, returning in 2014.
    - Wellington's in Winona is now a beer bar (brewing equipment moved to Wenonah).
  7. Pug

    Pug Disciple (385) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    Flynntown is Collegeville, not Eden Prairie.

    So - Tail Slap and Wolf are contract? Oh! I had Wolf as Joseph Wolf on my list as contract. That explains it.

    Clyde Iron Works has confused me for a while, because they are a pub, but they have their own beer, but it isn't brewed on premesis. Maybe I'll just move them to my contract brew section of my list.

    Technically, Shot Beer is ours, too.
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  8. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I was mainly going for a "quick" re-cap, but that is tough with 70 'new' plans since 2006. :wink:

    I also neglected to include Northbound in the second section. By all accounts they are great!

    Yep, Shot/Libertas and Lost Lake (although I can't find the P.O. Box for Lost Lake's La Crescent DBA.)
  9. Pug

    Pug Disciple (385) Jun 6, 2012 Minnesota

    I didn't check the second section too deeply, only for changes to stuff I wasn't quite aware of (Wenonah opening, and pulling the equipment from Wellington's - now I wish I made it to Wellington's when they were still a brewpub), so didn't really notice Northbound wasn't on the list.

    No worries/
  10. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (249) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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    F-town brewing. There has to be a better name.
  11. leezy

    leezy Initiate (65) Sep 13, 2009 Minnesota
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    I've seen them at the Ale Jail (Mon Cherries FTW)

    Here's a list of other stores that supposedly carry them:

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  12. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I like it in an unintentionally-bratty 'punk rock' sort of way, but more than that? They haven't updated their Facebook page in a year. :astonished:
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  13. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (249) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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    There is nothing punk about Faribault
  14. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

    I'm from Faribo super excited about F-Town Brewing.
  15. BeerBoy

    BeerBoy Initiate (140) Aug 6, 2003 Wisconsin

  16. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,959) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

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  17. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    I sent an email to Bob D. at Waconia Brewing earlier today, and he was a great help in getting a positive i.d. on the mysterious "Soggyswamp Microbrewery", and evidently it's the fine folks at Schram Vineyards.

    P.S. @morimech, I'm hazarding a guess by your last transmission and it sound like there's a third or maybe even fourth brewery plan for Waconia -- you lucky far-western suburbs people, you~!
  18. HammsMeASAP

    HammsMeASAP Initiate (69) Jun 14, 2012 Minnesota

    Chaz, anything brewing in Brooklyn Park?
  19. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,959) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    I do not think there is a fourth yet and the third is mostly rumors. Maybe the fourth is mine j/k. Looking quite nice out here with the vineyards, breweries, and distillers open or soon to be open.
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  20. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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  21. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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  22. jera1350

    jera1350 Poo-Bah (2,116) Dec 15, 2007 Minnesota

    Looks like an all-woman polygamist brewery.

    How did you decide to brand yourself as an all-woman brewery?
    Well it's always been an all-woman brewery. We bring together an awful lot of expertise and knowledge, and I got all the technical stuff. One of my spouses is an IT person and she's gonna be VP of operations because she can help troubleshoot things and then we have someone who is extremely good at spreadsheets and organizing things so she's gonna be secretary, and my other spouse is finishing up an accounting degree so she'll be our financial officer. We are calling interns right now so they will learn how to brew when the time comes. A couple of them are friends and one of them is someone I just met and they are all working very hard and getting very excited.
    #262 jera1350, May 12, 2014
    Last edited: May 12, 2014
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  23. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (275) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    Look out, Wasatch!
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  24. BuckettOfBeer

    BuckettOfBeer Initiate (125) Mar 19, 2010 Minnesota
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    "I'm also Pagan, which is uncommon in the Twin Cities other than in bookstores. We may be the first non-bookstore, non-coffeeshop, non-gathering place that is Pagan, Wiccan specifically in my case."

    Oh shit! Too bad Surly has already claimed Pentagram.
  25. Mplsmetro57

    Mplsmetro57 Aspirant (280) Jan 30, 2013 Minnesota
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  26. mkhartnett

    mkhartnett Disciple (360) Oct 27, 2010 Minnesota
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    It's too bad all these new breweries feel like they need some sort of bit to get people interested in them and their beers.
  27. Beerbelly22

    Beerbelly22 Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2012 Minnesota

    Another contract brewery focusing on session beers- they should do just fine in this current market. :wink:
  28. Douggo

    Douggo Initiate (96) Oct 24, 2009 Minnesota

    Agreed, but don't you think the market is so oversaturated right now that you couldn't possibly thrive on great product and word of mouth? I mean, there is so much great beer out there now, who is going to come in with something that is across the board superior? At this point, I think you need competitive product, and beat the other guys with marketing - or die.
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  29. mkhartnett

    mkhartnett Disciple (360) Oct 27, 2010 Minnesota
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    Well, Lake Monster seems to be hanging around. I find their IPA to be decent enough.
  30. mkhartnett

    mkhartnett Disciple (360) Oct 27, 2010 Minnesota
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    True, but I just don't feel even this will help that much. An all women brewery? Great. I don't care who is brewing my beer as much as I care about how good the product is. Fulton is brewed by guys I went to college with, doesn't change my feeling on their beers.
  31. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Yep, and no doubt there more than a handful of brewing company plans (Lake Monster's Calhoun Claw was not bad, but has anyone seen Tail Slap around?) in the pipeline.

    When my P.C. crashed a year back (I don't do the cloud backup thing, and am too intellectually deficient to operate a Mac) I lost a Word doc* with between eighteen and twenty-four plans that I'd categorized as "Maybe." Some of these were gleaned from Manta, others from Brewers Association, others from ProBrewer and various homebrew sites. Some of them (such as Kinney Creek) have materialized while others are still maybes.

    A homebrewer friend told me of one, but I can't find the name or contact; My guess is another home brewer goin' pro.

    *I've shared the follow-up doc with @Pug, just in case so when my P.C. bites it again... :grimacing:
  32. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (249) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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    From what I am reading, most of these breweries are production breweries with a tap room, right? How many of these beers are going to stand out and how many will be on tap somewhere? There is only so much retail and tap space and many are late to the game.

    I would be happy to see more brew pubs with great food like Northbound, Barley Johns, Town Hall, Great Waters.
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  33. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (578) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    But, does a taproom really need to distribute? Many could operate much like a brewpub without the headache of having to sell food. Like Dangerous Man for example.
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  34. Beerbelly22

    Beerbelly22 Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2012 Minnesota

    Only time will tell I guess. I wouldn't say they are prevalent by any means and most people respond with "it was ok I guess", which would indicate small chances of repeat purchase, especially if they aren't competitive on pricing. My thoughts are if you are going to contract, be a little more creative with the beer lineup. So MANY good sessions beers already from established production breweries. The contract guys don't have to worry about all the capital needed for a facility, so why not take the risk and focus on unique styles and/or packaging.
    I think at this point even retail is growing tired of all the new beers every single week. Only so much shelf space and tap lines. I mean is another 6 pack Pale Ale of bottles at $9.99 really going to make a difference at their store other than another sku in their system? I agree with @mjryan, why is their this desire to have to distribute. You could make great beer in a taproom and make great margins.
  35. mnbearsfan

    mnbearsfan Aspirant (249) Dec 25, 2009 Minnesota
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    Dangerous Man is a success and I would include them in that list above and Harriet to a lesser extent would be in that category. Harriet now has kegs in the market, but I thought they started out like DM in a round-about way.

    I guess Day Block and Fitger's would be in that list. So if someone has time, mind updating who are the brewpubs only?
  36. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Sure. Here's a note as to the 'Methodology' involved in that Big List:

    The list mainly includes new and newer Nano-scale taprooms, brewpubs, and production-scale breweries. This website (Beer Advocate) originally had categories for Cider and Mead -as ratebeer still does- so I didn't initially include Sociable Ciderwerks in Northeast Minneapolis. But seeing as how Sociable also brews beers and since they were added to the database for review, they should included -- and they are definitely new.

    The list is in sections, and so there are a few 'beer companies' (contract/client brewing, alternating proprietorships, co-packaging) such as Lake Monster included somewhere in there. For the sake of clarity I didn't add the beer/brewing companies that include other malt and "functional beverages*" (energy drinks, juices, and blends) as a part of their portfolio. This is a broad category which includes cider, Kombucha, and soda blends. Here is an (as yet incomplete, naturally) look at those companies:

    Minnesota Beer and Brewing Companies
    Owned and operated subsidiaries of other companies or "client brewers", brewed and co-packaged elsewhere.

    1. Bank Brewing (Contracts with Brau and Cold Spring -- new taproom/brewery open)
    2. Bard's Tale Beer Co. (Contract is with ?)
    3. Big Hurt (contract is with City Brewing in Lacrosse)
    4. Big Wood (contract is/was with Cold Spring -- Is now brewing and may be packaging in WBL.)
    5. Blacklist Brewing (may or may not have purchased Dubrue in toto)
    6. Blue Diamond Brewing (c.f. Zeroseven -- website down at present.)
    7. Brainerd Lakes Beer Company (contract is with Lake Superior Brewing of Duluth, MN)
    8. Chatterbox Pub (NOTE: Chatterbox's labels are re-branded Stevens Point brands; listed here as a beer company.)
    9. Finnegans Inc. (Contracts for co-packaging at Cold Spring and Summit Brewing)
    10. Fitger's Beer Company (contract is with Lake Superior Brewing of Duluth, MN)
    11. Founding Fathers Brewing Company (contract is with City Brewing in Lacrosse)
    12. Game On Brewing (contract is with Sprecher Brewing of Glendale, WI)
    13. Grain Belt Brewing (subsidiary of August Schell)
    14. Joerg's Beer Co. ((Contract is with ?))
    15. Lakemaid (subsidiary of Pocket Hercules; contract is with Stevens Point)
    16. Lake Monster (contract is with the mighty Sand Creek in Black River Falls, WI)
    17. Lost Lake (contract is with City Brewing in Lacrosse)
    18. New Ulm Beer and Beverage (1919, Buddy's, Hauenstein)
    19. Pig's Eye Beer (may be defunct - again?)
    20. Shot Beer / Veritas (contract is with Minhas or City Brewing of Lacrosse)
    21. St. Croix Beer ((Contract is with Sand Creek or ? -- Owned by T. Fyten of Mantorville))
    22. Tail Slap (contract is with Minhas)
    23. Third Street Brewhouse (Family of beers; subsidiary of Cold Spring.)
    24. Tonka Beer (contract is with Minhas)
    25. Joseph Wolf Brewery (Blacklist brews the Wolf brands via the Dubrue facility)
    26. Zambaldi Bros. Brewing
    27. Zeroseven Brewing Co. (energy/functional drinks -- C.f. Blue Diamond)
    Who can tell? Retail 'real estate' (coldbox, dry shelf, floor space) is an arrangement negotiated between the retailer and wholesaler, as well as the brand managers at national and regional levels, and the same is basically true at on-sale.

    Some of these plans may not make it to packaged (retail) form, others may see only limited tap (draught) availability.
    I 100% agree with that statement!

    * The term is an odd one (I've been doing this years, and am still confused at times) but about fifteen years ago, analysts in the beverage trade began to refer to this category of packaged and branded beverages --not beer, wine, or stronger alcohol (spirits)-- as "new age beverages." It is/was a catch-all category and includes non-beer malt beverages (wine coolers and "Malternatives") as well as cider, low-alcohol and de-alcoholized malt beverages, energy drinks and certain blends of these. It was in keeping with TTB guidelines.
  37. 4four4

    4four4 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2007 Minnesota


    I thought I heard a brewery was supposed to open up in St. Paul by the Dubliner. What ever came about with them?
  38. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (578) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    There are two breweries by the Dubliner. Bang, which has been open for sometime and Urban Growler, which is opening sometime soonish. Both are just North of the Dubliner, and they are literally right next to each other.
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  39. tonye

    tonye Initiate (29) Oct 28, 2009 Minnesota

    There are "plans" for another one in that area too. This is right next to the 94 Cretin/Vandalia exit, just a couple blocks from the Dubliner.
  40. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,716) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    ^ What mjryan said. Bang is open, Urban Growler is opening later this year.

    There was also a potential plan referred to as "Water Tower" and/or Watertower Place, and this post from a few months back offers the most up-to-date information on that one (note: Watertower Place and/or Vandalia Tower is just down the avenue from The Dubliner, at 558 Vandalia.)

    I inquired with the leasing agent but never heard back. This only stands to figure: they have no cause to acknowledge inquiries into properties -and least of all, existing or prospective tenants- without serious intent on the part of the individual making the inquiry to sign a lease with them. I'm just an amateur sleuth on the internet, after all. :wink:
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