It’s been a few months since the news broke about our brewery plans on the front page of The Free Press of Mankato. Since then, a lot has happened: the City of Mankato approved our conditional use permit, we acquired some of our brewery equipment (more about that soon), we took care of most of the demolition inside the building, we submitted our brewery plans to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (also known as the “TTB”) and finalized the renovations for the taproom and brewery.
One of the guiding principles in choosing this site for our brewery was to be accessible to Downtown Mankato visitors and to become a community partner in revitalizing the downtown area. To us, the small local businesses that make up the downtown neighborhoods of small and mid-sized Midwest towns are the heart and soul of those communities.
Of course, the size, layout and structure of the building were important too. We envisioned a space with an open bright taproom attached to the brewery, an outdoor patio space and enough space to fit a seven barrel brewhouse. Thankfully, the building we chose has all of it.
The taproom space will be airy and bright with glass doors and windows on the east, west and south sides to allow year-round sunlight to shine in. On some days we’ll be able to open the overhead doors to extend the taproom space into the patio on the east side of the building. We hope to have regular live music in the taproom and weekly food trucks from around the area. The brewery will be separated from the taproom by a wall (more about the brewery and its equipment soon) and in the future we hope to open up part of the space for events.
Over the next few months, we’ll keep you updated on the progress of the renovations and brewery build-out. We hope you’ll be able to enjoy one of our beers in our taproom by August!