Taproom/Brewery

NORTH LOOP'S FIRST DISTILLERY TO OPEN LATER THIS YEAR

The North Loop is about to get its first craft distillery and cocktail lounge.

STILHEART will occupy two levels of space within a building located at 124 N 3rd Avenue. The building was constructed in the 1880’s and was recently renovated and restored by Paster Properties and is now home to Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea and Lululemon

Designed by Little Box Inc, the interior of STILHEART will feature a historic, yet modern setting with tall ceilings, exposed wood columns and beams and a number of sleek and eclectic furniture pieces. The space will include not one, but two bars (one on each level) and multiple seating areas.  

16 unique tap cocktails will be offered including twists on classic cocktails and a number of modern cocktails. In addition, STILHEART will serve low and no-proof drinks along with a limited number of drinks that were created in partnership with Bittercube Bitters.

The new distillery concept is being developed in partnership with Bittercube Bitters and Lawless Distilling Co.

Kirsten Karnitz will be the individual heading up STILHEART, she previously was with Lawless Distilling Co. and earlier this year left to work on the new venture. Jeff Fricke will be brought on board as the Head Distiller while also continuing to lead distilling operations at Lawless Distilling Co. In 2020, Lawless will focus on growth initiatives that include a site expansion and, in the future, will collaborate with STILHEART.

B2 Builders has already begun construction on STILHEART with work anticipated to be complete before the year’s end.

 

 

 

DISTILLERY PLANNED FOR PROSPECT PARK

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Surly might have a new neighbor moving in next door as plans have been recently announced for a new distillery.

O’Shaughnessy Distillery is planned for 600 Malcolm Avenue SE. The site is currently home to a historic brick structure that was built in 1945. Plans for the project include the renovation of that historic structure along with a large expansion surrounding three sides of the building. In total the distillery would cover 27,000 square feet of space. 

Michael and Patrick O’Shaughnessy are the two individuals behind the plans for the new distillery and they’ve partnered with Wall Companies to develop the project. The company has a number of other projects in the works for the area including a climbing facility across the street along with a food hall and a mixed-use project that would include apartments and a grocery store just down the road.

When complete the O’Shaughnessy Distillery will cover three different levels of space.

Guests will enter at ground level and will be able to walk straight ahead and directly into a large bar space or turn right and enter a retail store that will also be the start of the distillery tours. The ground floor will also include the majority of the fermenting and distilling spaces along with some catering/back of house space.

The upper level of the project will feature mezzanines to the distilling and fermenting spaces below, office space, a lab and a large space for private cocktails with direct access to an outdoor roof deck.

Last but not least, the basement level of the building will include space designated as a speakeasy, a tasting room and a barrel room.

When it comes to the spirits that are planned to be produced by the O’Shaughnessy Distillery theres a number of them. Right now, those plans include a potato-based vodka, an American bourbon, an American & Irish style gin and rum along with Irish style liquors and an Irish Single Malt whiskey.

At the moment the biggest challenge for the project is getting the city planning commission to approve a 122-space surface parking lot that would run behind the distillery and stretch behind Surly. However, there’s no need to worry as we expect to the city to approve that condition.

Work on the O’Shaughnessy Distillery is anticipated to begin later this year with an opening likely in Summer 2020.

 

WHAT DOES THE NORTH LOOP NOT HAVE? A WINERY... FOR NOW...

A new winery will be opening up in the heart of the North Loop next year. It’s ok, we’re squealing with excitement too.

Aaron and Ashley Schram have owned Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia for the last 13 years. They know the wine business well and have had tremendous amount success with their winery being packed week after week. The two felt that it was time to share their delicious wines with Minneapolis and have set their sights on the North Loop.

When their unnamed winery and production facility opens next spring, it will occupy 20,000 square feet of space within the Internet Exchange Building located at 411 N Washington Avenue. The building is just across the street from Crisp & Green in case you need something to reference.

Schram Vineyard Winery uses a French-hybrid grape that was developed by the University of Minnesota, which by the way has one of the top wine research programs in the country. The hardiness of the grape allows it to grow in cooler climates like the Midwest which has helped expand the somewhat unknown winery scene within the region.

The Schram’s are making an effort to ensure that their new winery isn’t like a typical wine bar. The environment will focus on the production of wine which means all those barrels and tanks used in the production process will be in plain sight. They’re even working on plans where you yourself might be able to help contribute to the production of their wine. Anyone up for crushing some grapes?

THE LOCATION

The building in which they will open is directly next door to CPM and Swervo Development’s 10 story commercial project that is currently under construction. In building that project they added a skyway connection on the third level of the Internet Exchange Building which will connect to the second level on the new building.

Sounds like a direct route to happy hour for those office workers, right?

When the Schram’s winery opens it’ll fill a large void within the North Loop neighborhood. The area is filled with a number of breweries, cideries and of course bars but no wineries. When it comes to hunting down a winery, you’ll have to travel to Urban Forage Winery & Cider House on East Lake Street as it’s the closest.

So, now that we’ve informed you of this great new winery coming, we understand that that Spring 2020 is practically a year away. Might we suggest a trip to Waconia to tide you over?  

Stop your wining (see what we did there?), it’s not that far. Fine, we can carpool.

Oh yeah, Happy National Wine Day. :)

 

MINNEAPOLIS CIDER CO. OPENING BRAND NEW TAPROOM

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Attention cider lovers! We’ve got news for you.

Minneapolis Cider Co. will swing open the doors to their brand new 3,500 square foot taproom and production facility tomorrow, May 9th, at 3pm. The taproom is located in the north end of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood at 701 SE 9th Street (just off of East Hennepin Avenue and 35W).

What Minneapolis Cider Co. plans to bring to the table (literally) here in Minneapolis is a whole new world cider that has mass appeal. At their new taproom you’ll find the company’s core ciders along with limited releases and experimental taproom only products. The taproom has ample space for lounging, conversing, and enjoying their delicious ciders sip by sip.

Speaking of those delicious ciders, on opening day there will be three to choose from including an orchard blend, a citrus hop and a raspberry cider. In the future more ciders will be added to the lineup with the company planning to offer everything from sweet to dry, fruited or hopped and everything in between. They believe that there is a cider for everyone, visit their taproom and you’ll find yours.

When it comes to the taproom at Minneapolis Cider Co. it’ll used for more than just enjoying a beverage. The company plans to offer cider classes within the space along tours of the production facility. Within the taproom there is a semi-private event space that is also available to rent and on Mondays when the taproom is typically closed the entire taproom will be available to be booked for private events.

The decision to open a cidery in Minneapolis was due to the significant growth, both regionally and nationally, that the cider industry continues to see year after year. While there may be a number of breweries within the city, cider specific taprooms remain somewhat sparse making it the perfect place for Minneapolis Cider Co. to open up shop.

So with all this being said it seems like we might have just found your next favorite spot, right? Don’t be surprised if you see us there because we love some good cider and we can’t wait to visit Minneapolis Cider Co.

Minneapolis Cider Co. is located at 701 SE 9th Street in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

 

UNIQUE FERMENTARY AND TAPROOM OPENING IN THE NORTH LOOP

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North Loop, we know you love your taprooms, so are you ready for another? 

ONE Fermentary and Taproom is expected to open by the end of the year at 618 N 5th Street. The new business will be located just steps from Target Field and in the same building as Number 12 Cider.

Before you begin to think, “great, another taproom,” let us tell you why this ONE will be different from the other five breweries in the neighborhood.

ONE will be all about the experience and it actually won’t function primarily as a brew house like other breweries but rather as an experimental brewpub. Joseph Alton, Ramsey Louder and a few investors are the individuals behind the creation of ONE. Alton was the former editor-in-chief of The Growler Magazine and Louder previously was a brewer at Dangerous Man Brewing Company and more recently was a cellar-man at New Holland Brewing.

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Alton is the one who had the original vision for ONE when he dreamt of opening an “experimental fermentary.” He envisioned a brewery that wouldn’t have its own brew house but rather would purchase unfermented wort from partner breweries. Then, the brewery would ferment the wort on-site and show people how the different types of vessels wort is brewed in changes the flavor of a beer. Pretty neat, huh? 

Two investors approached Alton about his idea and the mission to find a brewer began. That is when Louder came onto the team and shortly after he was able to convince the team to add a small ten-barrel brewing system on site so that ONE could also craft their own beverages. With the change to having a production space on site ONE now has applied for a brewpub license, which will allow them to serve their own beverages and also wines, ciders and spirits from guest breweries.

Wilkus Architects and local Designer Melanie Stovall are designing the space that ONE will call home. When complete there will be seating for 119 indoors and another 60 on an outdoor patio. Special attention has been given to the design of the project so the space feels inclusive of people in the past have felt alienated by craft beer.

 

 

FIRST DRAFT TAPROOM + KITCHEN PLANS JULY OPENING

The interior of First Draft Taproom + Kitchen in Minneapolis | Image: First Draft | Mural by Amy Marie Art

The time has come, Minneapolites...the time of self-serve taps.

First Draft Taproom + Kitchen is nearly ready to open for business. The unique concept that gives customers "the power to pour their own beer, wine or cider" is opening their first Minnesota location on the ground floor of Variant, a brand new residential building in the North Loop just blocks from Target Field.

The opening date? This Saturday, July 14th.

OVER 5O TAPS

First Draft, which bills itself as a unique tasting experience, will be one of the first self pour taprooms to open within the city.

You'll find a HUGE variety of craft beer, wine, cider, kombucha, coffee, and cocktails. When we say huge, we're talking nearly 54 taps in total. One great thing is that these taps are always rotating, ensuring every visit is different from the last and that you'll be able to experience brews from Minnesota all the way to the Coasts.

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One of the best things about First Draft is that you can pour by the ounce, meaning no more wasted beer that you thought you'd like but can't drink more than one sip of. Fun fact? On average customers pour about 4.9 ounces of a beverage.

All that beer tasting might make it a wise choice to eat some food, but don't worry, they've got that too. A full kitchen within the space will serve small plates and some larger dishes for sharing. Dishes include everything from cheese plates and deviled eggs, to Mac and Cheese and Caesar Salad. 

THE SPACE

The first thing you might notice when walking into First Draft might not be the taps, but rather a large mural depicting Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in front of the Minneapolis skyline. A little nod to Minnesota, eh?

Once you've unlocked your eyes from the mural you'll notice that directly in front of you are the 54 self serve taps, all perfectly laid out on the outside of a large cooler the size of a room (we're not kidding). It is pretty centralized, you can't miss it.

The ceilings within the space have been left open and long liner lighting has been added. Seating throughout the space comes in a variety of styles from long community tables, to bar seating, to luxurious couches for lounging. In addition, there will also be outdoor patio seating available.

ABOUT FIRST DRAFT

Originally from Denver, CO, First Draft Taproom + Kitchen is currently in the process of opening two new location, one in Downtown LA and the other right here in Minneapolis. The company is capitalizing on a new to market trend of self serve taps, something that is sweeping the nation by storm. 

Locations typically feature 50+ taps and serve beer, wine, cider, coffee, cocktails along with food. For more information, visit First Draft Taproom + Kitchen here.

 

NEW TAPROOM CONCEPT TO OPEN IN NORTH LOOP

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The North Loop just keeps getting cooler and better by the day. 

Not only is it a collection of historic buildings, mixed with new buildings that seem to be rising on each corner. The neighborhood is home to tons of great shops, restaurants, bars, and breweries and this spring a new taproom is coming to the neighborhood that will be the first of it's kind in Minnesota.

First Draft Taproom and Kitchen will open in April at Variant, a new 6 story residential building at the corner of 6th Avenue N and 4th Street N not far from Target Field. The new bar and kitchen will take up 4,500 square feet of corner retail space on the ground floor of the building, leaving about 10,000 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space.

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What sets First Draft apart from other taprooms, and let's be honest, they're going to have some competition as the area is home to a number, is that fact that it is self-serve. Now, it's not just a free for all so don't get too excited, here's how it works.

When customers enter First Draft they will receive a card, at the back of the space will be 40-50 taps serving craft beer, wine, cider, coffee and kombucha. Customers tap their card on their desired beverage and then are able to dispense as much as they like of it, as small as an ounce and as large as a full glass. It's a great way to taste test and discover something new... or maybe figure out what you don't like before you order a whole glass of it.

If this sounds daunting, don't worry, there will be designated employees to help you work the system (which will be the coveted iPour self-dispensing system) or to give you recommendations. In addition, there will be a menu with small places, sandwiches, salads, and more.

First Draft Taproom and Kitchen will open in April 2018 at 324 6th Avenue N.