Pete Rifakes

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Fed Up With Minnesota Laws, Barley John's to Open Brewery in Wisconsin

    When the much publicized Taproom Bill, or Surly Bill, passed in 2011, it gave the green light for a brewing boom in Minnesota. But for John Moore, co-owner of Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, it was the final insult after years of striving for legislative action that would allow his business ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Is a New Town Hall Space Coming to Northeast?

    Can't get enough of Town Hall? Wondering when they might open a fourth location? Good news: Town Hall Brewery is currently eyeing the former site of Little Jack's Steakhouse in northeast Minneapolis. See also: Take a peek inside the remodeled Town Hall Brewery

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Town Hall to celebrate Minneapolis Cider Week with tastings, contests, and a bike crawl

    Starting today, May 19, and running through Saturday, May 24, the 4th annual Minneapolis Cider Week will take over Town Hall Brewery. The local brewpub chain often promotes beers crafted in house, but for this unique event they turn the spotlight on cider, with a week of special offerings and a bicy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Teamsters Union stalls Sunday growler sales

    Last week wasn't all good news for beer: Minnesota craft brewers took home five international awards but may have lost the battle over growlers. Sales of these refillable 64-ounce containers are prohibited on Sunday and will remain so, for the foreseeable future, thanks to the Teamsters Union ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Take a peek inside the remodeled Town Hall Brewery

    On January 1, Town Hall Brewery closed its doors for what was intended to be a quick remodel. To prepare for the temporary shutdown, Town Hall had brewed enough beer in advance to supply its other two locations, Town Hall Tap and Town Hall Lanes, throughout the construction. But since the project t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Town Hall to celebrate 6th annual Festivus tomorrow

    It's "Festivus for the rest of us" at Town Hall Brewery tomorrow. The annual Seinfeld-inspired tradition eschews religion and commercialism in favor of community, and that's just what Town Hall sought in hosting it. "[We wanted] to bring the Town Hall community together before everyone leaves or b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 4, 2013

    Town Hall Lanes embraces bar food

    The new bar and restaurant in Nokomis East bowls a spare

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Town Hall Lanes Bowling Alley is now open

    Bowling and beer are the milk and cookies of the marginally athletic adult set. Who better to bring these two classics together in the Nokomis East neighborhood than those who have already conquered the beer brewing craft? Pete Rifakes, founder of the Town Hall Brewery and Town Hall Tap is bringing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Town Hall Tap plans to open a bowling alley

    First they opened Town Hall -- one of the few true and truly good brewpubs we have in the Twin Cities. Then they expanded with Town Hall Tap -- a smaller, cozier version of the original that quickly became a favorite of Nokomis-area residents. Now owners Pete Rifakes and Scott Krebsbach are talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Town Hall Brewery fights to get its beer in stores

    ‚ÄčThe Surly bill that passed last year, helped to substantially increase sales opportunities for Minnesota brewpubs by making it legal for them to sell pints of their beer in onsite taprooms, like the one recently opened at Fulton Brewery. But unfortunately, the law doesn't do anything to help brew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Town Hall Brewery's Barrel-Aged Beer Week starts tonight

    If you like your beer with wood, then this week Minneapolis Town Hall Brewpub is the place for you. The first beer of the brewpub's 2012-Barrel Aged Beer Week will be tapped tonight at 6, kicking off a week-long celebration of big brews that have spent time in bourbon and whiskey barrels. A new beer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    West Bank Brewing Association hosts discussion of beer laws

    Tip back a few of these and talk brewing laws.​Whether you're finding yourself fired up about or confused by all the recent discussion of brewing laws, Something's Brewing next week that you might want to check out. The West Bank Brewing Association, a U of M student group, has assembled spe ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2007

    For These Pigs, Only a Microbrew Will Do

    The spent grains from Twin Cities brewers have Dalroy Stachowski's swine wallowing in hog heaven

  • Restaurants

    May 19, 1999