Badger Hill Brewing is moving into its own space later this year, setting a tentative goal to open doors in Shakopee by Labor Day. The brewery, founded in 2011, is currently sharing space with Lucid and Bad Weather in an alternating proprietorship, a business arrangement in which the separate businesses share space and equipment. The set-up was always intended to be temporary, with the breweries looking to go their separate ways after establishing themselves in the industry.
The move will present opportunities for growth and a stronger brand for Badger Hill. "We think the addition of a taproom to [Shakopee] is a great fit," says owner Brittany Krekelberg. The new location, 4571 Valley Industrial Blvd. S, is located between Valleyfair and Canterbury Park in an area that sees a lot of tourist traffic. There is no taproom in the current Minnetonka location and the opportunity to build a more public identity is exciting, says Krekelberg.
"The taproom will be the centerpiece of the brewery. We'd like it to have an approachable, community feel, possibly even hosting meetings and events," says Krekelberg. "We have a lot of ideas but the plans are still being developed."
While adding that social element, they aim to continue a production-first approach, supplying their line-up of beers to local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores.Along with the move will come a new canning line that will produce their beers in six pack, 12-ounce packages, a transition away from the bottling line they have been sharing with their partners at Lucid. Badger Hill recently released Traitor IPA and will be introducing a white IPA soon, and the new taproom will feature an even greater variety of brews.