Northeast Minneapolis has blossomed into a brewer's haven over the past decade, with brewhouses like 612 Brew, Bauhaus Brew Labs, and Indeed Brewing Company leading a renaissance in the shadow of the dormant Grain Belt Breweries building. But this fall, a career landscaper and his associates plan to bring beer back to 34 13th Ave. NE.
According to Eater, the Community Tap House -- a first-of-its-kind art gallery/tasting room hybrid -- will be moving into Grain Belt's old keg house in time for Oktoberfest. The brainchild of Nate Field, the Community Tap House will emphasize its namesake by hanging the work of Minnesota artists, serving a hyperlocal rotating menu, and educating bargoers on the craft beers and ciders served in the pour room.
But there's a twist.
At the Community Tap House, patrons pour their own beer. For the most part. Entrance fee is an 8- or 16-oz. glass, which customers are able to fill from an array of 15 table taps. The taps are overseen by what Community calls a "tap tender." It sounds confusing, but here's a demystification from their website:
Once inside the pour room, the patron is able to peruse five tables, three thematic tables featuring four taps per table, a cider table with two taps, and a "wild card" table featuring two taps not associated with a theme. The themes of the tables will rotate. An example might be: Table 1 - IPAs, Table 2 - Spring Seasonals, Table 3 - A Local Brewery.
Though it's more in the tradition of 2015's Nordeast boutique brewing than Grain Belt's 1965 heyday (the kitchen will serve rice bowls and kale salads), the Community Tap House has a goal of enriching the Minneapolis brewing tradition without actually cooking up a batch themselves. In an already nebulous and overcrowded scene, Community seeks to be, in Field's words, "a hub for all the disparate elements of northeast Minneapolis."
While no official opening date has been announced, Field has stated he's aiming for September. Lots of details are still up in the air -- there are talks of a rentable party room and an indoor patio -- but hours will be as follows: Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday 4 .p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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