Those brewery crawls are about to get another stop when Insight Brewing opens this Friday in the Southeast Como neighborhood. The new brewery will open its doors at 4 p.m. with five beers on tap, including a taproom exclusive Yuzu Pale Ale.
Insight Brewing was founded by Kevin Hilliard, Brian Berge, Eric Schmidt, and Ilan Klages-Mundt and will operate a large brewhouse with a 3,000-square-foot, 191-capacity taproom just north of the U of M's East Bank campus. After seeing so many start-ups open small only to quickly outgrow their space, Insight's founders opted to open with a large space, setting up shop in a mostly industrial part of town just east of 35W.
The new brewery will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, with live music from Dead Pigeons from 7:30 to 9:30 and food truck O'Cheez parked out front. To mark the opening, Insight will "tap the ceremonial cask" with Councilman Kevin Reich.
Insight's first five beers will be Chiswick Porter, Curiosity IPA, Lamb & Flag English Bitter, Saison de Blanc, and Yuzu Pale Ale, which is brewed with the Japanese yuzu fruit. The yuzu adds a distinct mandarin orange/grapefruit quality without overpowering the grain flavors and becoming a "fruit beer."
The brewery hopes to release its Gravity Well imperial stout, aged in cognac barrels, soon, bringing the total to six beers on tap.
The beer recipes were inspired by Klages-Mundt's global travels, which included internships at breweries such as Fuller's in England and Kiuchi in Japan. Insight plans to have 11 beers in total during their first 12 months of operation, meaning the brewery will keep several flagships on hand but will rotate seasonal and test batches throughout the year. The beers will first be served in the taproom, reaching draft accounts in Minneapolis in the near future.
"We want to talk to our customers," says co-founder Ilan Klages-Mundt. The taproom is a place to drink beer and discuss it with their fan base, which they hope will grow from there. A line of 12-ounce cans is in the longterm plans, but not until spring at the earliest -- the same timeline for a patio to accompany the spacious indoor tasting room.
Insight will sell pre-filled growlers of all their beers at the brewery, and will begin serving flights on Saturday. Food truck El Taco Riendo will be at the new brewery on Saturday afternoon.
Insight Brewing 2821 E. Hennepin Ave. Wednesday-Thursday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: noon to midnight Sunday: noon to 11 p.m.
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