Brewery Updates in Minnesota (2020)

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  1. RAH-RAH-Beer

    RAH-RAH-Beer Initiate (29) Jan 1, 2019 Minnesota

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  2. RAH-RAH-Beer

    RAH-RAH-Beer Initiate (29) Jan 1, 2019 Minnesota

    The Herkimer Pub & Brewery announced on Sunday that it will close its doors for good this week after 20 years in Minneapolis's Lyn-Lake area.

    The bar's final sendoff will be on Wednesday, according to a post on social media. Herkimer had been closed since April due to COVID-19.
     
  3. SudsSavant

    SudsSavant Aspirant (238) Jan 9, 2007 Minnesota
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    Mixed feelings on this one. There were early craft long before it was really a thing. I think the issue was they never really did much to keep up with the times and let many others pass them by. Unfortunately you can't sit still in this industry, pandemic or no pandemic. Still, sorry to see them go.
     
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  4. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (4,454) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota
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    Yeah their quality did not match that of those who came out in their era for the most part. Nowadays they'd fit right in with a lot of these mediocre places hitting the scene though.
     
  5. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (4,454) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota
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    Stopped and looked in at the Hackensack Brewery yesterday (official name escapes me right now) and it had a sign saying opening soon. Might have said within two weeks but I can't remember. Place looked nice inside and it is looking out at the lake there and bike trail. Hope the beer is good. Sources told me last December they had not yet reached out to Portage down the block for help or guidance yet. Maybe they have since. I would sure hope so. Portage knows what they are doing and are more than willing to help others get rolling.
     
  6. RAH-RAH-Beer

    RAH-RAH-Beer Initiate (29) Jan 1, 2019 Minnesota

    Rendezvous Brewing
     
  7. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (109) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

    That, and the effect that Moto-i had on any sort of off sale availability
     
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  8. Beerfordays2

    Beerfordays2 Initiate (11) Oct 24, 2019 Minnesota

    This week The Fillmore County Journal reported that In Spring Grove, MN Pat Longmire, the owner of the grocery store in town asked the city council for, and received a conditional use permit for a Brewpub. The article stated the Brewpub will share space with Jo's Coffee House on Main St. No time frame or name of the Brewpub was reported.
     
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  9. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (56) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

    Seriously how many times can they rebrand? I will say Im not surprised they are not making money because really the beer is less than spectacular. Every time I go here I leave with disappointment. Its a shame they cant get stuff worked out because the space is great (even though it smells like musty basement) but what do you expect when half the building is still run down from years of neglect.

    For the life of me, I dont know why they dont attempt to brew a Hamm's homage beer or something, I mean duh.
     
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  10. mjryan

    mjryan Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    And that post apocalyptic bombed out beer garden is stellar. Seriously though, how can a brewery be around this long, and make such mediocre product? It’s baffling.
     
  11. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (109) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

    Same question can be asked about alot of different breweries in the metro area. Now none have been around as long as Fla...St Paul Brewing, but same question applies.
     
  12. mjryan

    mjryan Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    I was speaking more towards their longevity, and I’m not sure what you mean by a lot. I can think of a handful in the metro that are at about SPBs level, which I wouldn’t call a lot.
     
  13. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (109) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

    True. "A lot" is overstating it.
     
  14. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,459) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Their beer was ok, but nothing special.

    That being said, I'm really sad to see St Paul/Flat Earth go. That's where my friends had their wedding reception back in 2016. They live fairly close to there, and a lot of times when I was in the cities, we met up there. I always had a good time there.
     
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  15. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (4,036) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota
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    The most inconsistent beer from a brewery that lasted this long. When they first open and sold their beer in stores in bombers, it was playing Russian Roulette. One bottle could be fabulous, the next one flat, and a third, a gusher. Never knew until you cracked the bottle. I was always skeptical of their beer after that experience and it always carried a stigma. About a decade ago they had an IPA that caused a bit of stir in this community. I liked it and their coffee porter/stout.
     
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  16. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (56) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

    I think most people that went there were from the neighborhood and dont know much about craft beer off flavors and diacetyl. Id like to see some other people come in and make it a brewery again.
     
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  17. Windvaner

    Windvaner Initiate (50) Nov 7, 2014 Minnesota

    Looks like two of the three cofounders of
    ONE Fermentary & Taproom have left per social media. Head brewer Ramsey Louder is out and Joe Alton relinquished ownership in April and quit today. Covid definitely impacted their business but sounds like this was more about the original vision not living up to its intended goal.

    ONE opened in Nov 2019 so this has got to be the quickest decline of ownership that I’m aware of :

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CB6iRJRnZ_I/?igshid=13grngea7fpj9

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CB61wSvFSFi/?igshid=jwfe8csg1pg2

    Difficult to say where this brand & business goes next or if it will continue.
     
  18. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (56) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

    Yeah when I first heard about this I was confused because why would you leave a place you worked at known for being (a minority owned brewery).
    But then I read an article in the Mpls/St Paul Business Journal about how they were struggling and now Im confused on why they left. Did they leave because they weren't making money due to the shutdown or because they were making money off of minority something or rather which I thought was the reason for its existence?
    I guess Alton is going to make a post about what was going on?
     
  19. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,928) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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  20. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (56) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

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  21. Windvaner

    Windvaner Initiate (50) Nov 7, 2014 Minnesota

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  22. HeadRetention

    HeadRetention Initiate (67) Jul 13, 2015 Minnesota

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  23. RAH-RAH-Beer

    RAH-RAH-Beer Initiate (29) Jan 1, 2019 Minnesota

    Bus Stop Burgers and Brewhouse which opened, but I never heard of them selling their own brews is now marked Permanently Closed in Google and when you click on their website it says that it is expired. Does anyone know if Google is correct?
     
  24. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (4,036) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota
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    I tried calling the number and it is no longer available and their Facebook page has been removed.
     
  25. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (4,036) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota
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    56 Brewing Taproom is temporarily closed while they restructure.
     
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  26. MNPikey

    MNPikey Devotee (443) Feb 27, 2011 Minnesota
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    Elm Creek brewing has "temporarily" closed after just opening. Likely because the beer they had on offer at opening was TERRIBLE and they are trying to improve? Maybe hire a new brewer?
     
  27. RAH-RAH-Beer

    RAH-RAH-Beer Initiate (29) Jan 1, 2019 Minnesota

    Sounds like they ran out of beer. When i was there three days after opening they only had three beers. Two of the beers on their original list were out. I liked the 7-10 split Hazy IPA.
     
  28. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,152) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Word on the street is that they might sell.

    It could be a great opportunity for someone looking for a historic backdrop for their production facility and (eventually) taproom.
     
  29. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (4,454) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota
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    Stopped at Rendezvous Brewery in Hackensack this weekend. Two beers on tap. Dry Stout and a Hackensack Pale Ale. The stout came across a little sweet for a dry stout and not as dry as you'd expect. The Pale Ale was somewhat balanced but leaned towards a honeyed like malt. They didn't seem off or poorly brewed....just a little different takes.

    Facility is nice. Great location. I don't want to form too much of an opinion off two beers but it seems to be a nice addition to Hackensack. Not the type of place I'd go out of my way for in this part of the state like (Bemidji, Jack Pine, Rapids Brewing or Portage) but solid enough to enjoy a pint or two if in the area. Of course this is an early assessment off two beers and I'm in the neighborhood enough to give it many more visits to assess.
     
  30. Windvaner

    Windvaner Initiate (50) Nov 7, 2014 Minnesota

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  31. HawkEye19

    HawkEye19 Initiate (109) Jun 15, 2006 Minnesota

    Is there a Cliff's Notes version of WTF happened there?
     
  32. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,011) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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  33. dbhammel

    dbhammel Initiate (71) Oct 24, 2016 Minnesota

    and that’s the official end of ONE ( what a fiasco this turned into ).

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CCULVd6neDx/?igshid=16m0a7wdwlpu1[/QUOTE]

    ONE majority owner stated in a post on 7/2 they planned to close a week and reopen 7/7. New post 7/6 states they are closed indefinitely, so we shall see. So I guess that gift certificate I bought to try and support a diverse local brewery is now worthless?
     
  34. muck1979

    muck1979 Initiate (54) Jul 3, 2005 Minnesota

    I was kind of hoping to try ONE's version of Surly Hell fermented in that concrete foeder. Oh well.
     
  35. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (56) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

    I still never made it to One, I guess oh well now. Also I was kinda scared to go because someone here posted back when they opened a sample glass was $5 or $7 ?? That alone is why I wont miss the place.
     
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  36. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,325) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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  37. mjryan

    mjryan Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

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  38. mjryan

    mjryan Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

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