Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock, you’re aware of the popularity and growth of craft beer. This growth appears to happening in spurts, and we just so happen to be in the midst of one right now. Within just the last few months, a whole new wave of new breweries and brewery expansions have taken place. Here is a look at some of the recent growth as we break it down by region.
MinneapolisBauhaus Brew Labs
Located in Northeast Minneapolis, This new brewery is named for the German modernist art movement of the early 20th century. This brewery crafts artful brews in a truly unique and graphically compelling environment. The eclectic combination of an old foundry juxtaposed with bright colors, iconic graphics and of course great beer makes this a place I intend to return to often.
Near Loring Park, Sisyphus opened their taproom just last week. A nano brewery doing two barrel batches at a time, they offer an array of interesting brews. They do not distribute, you can only get their beer in their taproom on site. The Black Ale is infused with Alakef Coffee, from Duluth. Sisyphus makes a point to source locally whenever possible. The taproom was furnished and decorated with items from local craft persons, from the decorative tiles on the wall, to the tables. They also serve locally produced craft sodas from Spring Grove Soda.
This newly opened brew pub on Washington Avenue not far from the new Viking stadium is being built. This is sure to be a great place to hang on game days, or anytime for that matter. I thoroughly enjoyed their Belgian White as I sampled their bacon flight, that’s right, I said bacon flight! Four cups of various bacon samples paired with flavorful complimentary sauces.
Appropriately named, what makes this new brew pub of Washington Avenue stand out from all the others is the fact that not only do they serve their own brews, but they proudly serve other local and not so local craft beer on their guest taps. They are also know for their oysters which are flown in fresh daily from both coasts. Their fried pickle sandwich is also a huge hit.
Opening any day now, the Urban Growler, the first all women-owned and operated microbrewery in Minnesota straddles the Minneapolis-St. Paul border. U.G. trumpets it’s Plow to Pint series partnering with local farmers to bring an all local brew to the Twin Cities. We’re really looking forward to tasting that.
In a strategic location near the soon to be opened green line, Tin Whiskers opened last June with their electrified branding approach to craft beer. Flip Switch IPA, Ampere Amber, and a fully charged circuit of solid brews. We got our first chance to sample their creations at The Summer Beer Dabbler Brewfest a few weeks back, and was quite impressed. It was in advance of their opening when we met part of their ownership group at The Northern Lights Beerfest, in early spring, but we could just feel the electricity.
Located in Canal Park along the lake walk Endion Station is an old historical train station that was relocated to this spot back in the mid-eighties. Opening this coming weekend, E.S. will be the third tide-house of Fitgers Brewhouse following Burrito Union and Tycoon’s. The Brewhouse makes award-winning beer with great variety. We are thrilled to have yet another place to get it. Come say “hi” to us at Friday’s Grand Opening as we will certainly be there.
We wrote about this expansion way back in the Spring, and it appears that they are now finally open after some glycol chiller issues, this according to co-owner Jamie MacFarlane. We are looking forward to sitting out on their taproom deck over looking the harbor and enjoying a 17-7 Pale Ale.
Continuing to make great and portable beer with Great Lake Superior water, Bent Paddle in now ramping up with their second expansion. Just one more example of how we are in the midst of another craft beer growth spurt.
The second all women-owned and operated microbrewery in Minnesota.
When we met up with Brixton Hughes while he was working on “Crafted to Last”, back in 2012, we were also in the middle of a growth spurt, but here we are now in 2014 in the middle of yet another one. Stay tuned.