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New Loring Park Brewery Lakes & Legends Will Open This Summer

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A new space on LaSalle Avenue in the Loring Park neighborhood will bring local craft beer closer to downtown.

See also: Sisyphus Brewing in Loring Park will open its taproom Friday

Brothers-in-law Ethan Applen and Derrick Taylor will be opening Lakes & Legends at 1368 LaSalle Ave. toward the end of the summer. The new brewery will focus on farmhouse and Belgian-style ales, using seasonal and unique ingredients for a varied lineup of regular and rotational beers.

"Rather than being strict styles," Applen says, "Belgian and farmhouse ales are really more improvisational, defined by the ingredients that were available to early brewers." In addition to Belgians, he also mentions Adelbert's (Austin, TX), Belching Beaver (San Diego), North Coast (Fort Bragg, CA), and Prairie Artisan Ales (Tulsa, OK) as producing some of this favorite American craft beers.

They plan to start with a core lineup of Belgian-influenced beers and build up to 10 to 15 taps over time, also distributing 750mL bottles and kegs to area accounts. A 3,000-square foot taproom is also part of the plan.

"Per code, we could fit several hundred people," Applen says of the size, but layout design is still in the works. "We're hoping to put in some unconventional seating and games areas that will break up the space," he adds.

Applen has been homebrewing for five years, often visiting breweries with Taylor, which is how the concept for Lakes & Legends was born. But the brewery will get help from more experienced hands, with Andrew Dimery, who previously brewed at Bluegrass Brewing Company (Louisville, KY) and Sun King Brewery (Indianapolis, IN), leading production as the company's head brewer.

Currently in the permit stage of planning, Lakes & Legends hopes to open in late summer 2015.

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