Bang Brewing is quietly known as the grain bin brewery. The small scale organic brewery and taproom took up residence in a pre-fab grain bin in St. Paul about three years ago.
It's a one-of-a-kind experience, but with limited space for guests and limited hours (they're only open on Fridays and Saturdays), the husband-wife owners have always wanted to grow. They just wanted to maintain that calm getaway feel as they did.
“Our original thought was always to keep a small and highly efficient brewery and keep some sort of oasis of green back here,” says Sandy Boss Febbo, half of the ownership team along with her husband Jay. “We felt if we expanded it would be counter to an oasis. There would be too much structure and defined space,” she says.
But with the addition of a rain garden last fall, they started exploring options on their lot. “We came up with a way that’s going to keep it wild,” she says, and focused on sustainable practices as well. Bang broke ground on a pavilion in early May and it opens to the public today, effectively doubling their capacity.
The pavilion is an outdoor beer garden, sheltered by a culvert that is sawed in half and used as a tent. It matches the metal of the bin, fits with their repurposed agricultural theme, and is surrounded by a garden of wild flowers and prairie grasses that were installed this week just before today’s opening.
Tables are still under construction and will be coming soon, followed by a fire ring made of cobblestones taken out of University Avenue during Green Line construction.
“We’ve had so many requests since we’ve opened to do special events and we’ve had to decline,” Sandy says. Now, the pavilion gives room for that overflow, something they’ll test out soon with a private wedding already scheduled.
“I knew it was small and tight and would be a perennial challenge to keep it efficient and tight,” Sandy says as Bang matures. “I didn’t anticipate how much people would enjoy being here and how often they’d be here, asking, ‘Why are you only open two days a week?’”
With more room for customers, she says Bang hopes to eventually add a third day to their schedule and hire additional staff.
For the opening, Bang will release a self-titled hoppy strong beer named Bang.
The full tap list for this weekend includes:
Nice (Nice Coffee)
They also plan to release limited bottles sales at select liquor stores this summer.