Dangerous Man Brewing Co Is Making Progress On Opening
Update 1/3/2013: Looks like they will finally be opening on January 11th. Get your pint, snifter or tulip glass ready!
Update 12/13/2012: After a fun little volunteer event at the Dangerous Man Brewing Co. this past weekend and at an event called”Small Business Owners & Friends for Gary Schiff” that was hosted at the brewery, Rob tells me mid-January but I can 100% confirm there is beer in the fermenters as I have seen it!
Update 10/15/2012: I visited the brewery over the weekend to check in on the progress. It looks like they won’t open to December at the earliest.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a client of mine to see how their build-out was coming along in Northeast Minneapolis, probably to be known from hear on out as the “Brew District” as many breweries are heading there first to look for space. That client is Dangerous Man Brewing Co. I had helped them with site selection and tenant representation services in the procurement of their space over the past year.
They are going to be the first brewery to take full advantage of the “tap room ordinance” and just open a tap room only. The beer will not be distributed but instead you will have to physically go to the brewery to pick up a growler. They will also sell pints but there will be no food. Unlike other breweries that are production breweries with bottling/canning lines, Dangerous Man Brewing Company will only serve on-site pints and growlers. At this point their business model isn’t to be in bars and restaurants. However, that’s not to say that Rob and company haven’t ruled it out in the future.
Founder and brewer Rob Miller is hopeful for an opening in mid-November after initially planning to open in October As with most older building, things come up like plumbing and HVAC issues once you start opening the property up and equipment is delayed from vendors because of the immense popularity of the craft brewing industry right now.
The floors and final coats of paint should be finished in the next two weeks leaving the finish carpentry, lighting and fixtures to be the only thing left to be installed besides the brewing equipment. Without sharing too much or what they have already made public via their Facebook page, here is a sneak peek on what to expect from the tasteful design.
The building is located in the historic Northeast Bank Building at the corner of NE 2nd Street and 13th Ave NE.
The front door is located on the NE 2nd St NE. The outside of the building was restored a few years ago by the property owner Michael Lander of the urban development firm The Lander Group.
The massive bar area will be made by a local designer out of reclaimed timbers and will utilize lines straight from the tanks for the freshest beer. The brewing will take place in the back corner and will be visible to everyone. I’m not sure why some breweries or taprooms are not thinking about this when they incorporate design into their buildouts. Customers want be able to see the brewing process! Customers will also be able to get their growlers refilled here.
The ceilings are original and freshly updated with paint. The space has also been updated with new HVAC and plumbing, something the main floor had been without for nearly 100 years.
I look forward to enjoying many pints and I’m quite sure that Dangerous Man Brewing Co will be a staple for the Sheridan neighborhood for years to come. Just a few blocks away from the former Grain Belt Brewery site.