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NorthGate Taproom Opens This Friday in Northeast Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

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NorthGate Brewing is moving into its new digs this weekend and hosting a grand opening celebration in its brand new taproom on Friday, October 10. The brewery's new location is in Northeast, just east of 35W near the UPS facility on Broadway. Industrial on the outside, the taproom's interior is anything but: The space has been designed by Domain Architecture to feel reminiscent of an English pub.

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NorthGate was founded in 2012 and has been operating in a tiny 750-square foot space for the past two years. The new space is roughly 10 times larger, which allows the owners to brew more beers, hit more locations, and, best yet, open a taproom with foosball. Later this year, neighbor Wander North Distillery will open a cocktail room, which will allow even more boozy extra-curricular activities.

The taproom side of the building is rich with fancy woodwork and plenty of modern comforts, such as a foosball table and flat panel TVs. On tap for the opening will be Wall's End (English Brown Ale), Parapet ESP, Red Headed Piper (Irish Red Ale), Last Batch Wheat Ale (the final batch of beer from their old space), Pumpion (pumpkin spiced ale), and Golden Smash (pale ale). As the new space ramps up production, there will be room for 12 total taps: eight regular draft lines, two nitros, and two sodas. Soccer-style banners decorate the walls and each end of the bar offers a window looking into the adjacent production space.

The taproom holds 96 patrons, and NorthGate has plans to add a second foosball table with league play. As for the grand opening this Friday, there will be live music from the Gentleman's Anti-Temperance League, live T-shirt screen-printing, and food truck Tiki Tim's parked out front.

Inside the brewing area, the old exterior sign adorns the office, and the spacious 20 BBL brewhouse allows head brewer Tuck Carruthers ample room to create new products. The expansion has allowed the brewery to add eight new jobs thus far, all on the taproom side.

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The brewery's old location is currently for sale.

Taproom hours: Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: noon to midnight Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

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