It took longer than planned, but the taps are now flowing at the new Badger Hill taproom in Shakopee.
For south metro drinkers, this means Shakopee is now host to its first brewery since Prohibition, and the new Badger Hill space includes a taproom, something the company's previous Minnetonka home, a shared premises with Lucid Brewing, did not offer.
The taproom serves six beers at present, with space for eight different taps. Currently they are pouring Minnesota Special Bitter, Traitor IPA, White IPA, Holiday High Road, the new India Session Ale, and their Foundation Stout (nitro pour). Pints are $5, half pints are $3, and pre-filled growlers range from $10 to $12.
Sandwiched between Valley Fair and Canterbury Park, the taproom is industrial from the outside with a clear view of roller coasters and suburban open skies in the snow-painted parking lot. Inside, it is warm and inviting, a balance between brewery industrial and modern casual.
Customers are greeted by an entryway mural, which segues into a warm and relaxing foyer with chairs, a couch, and repurposed barrel tables. From here, the room opens into a more typical taproom set-up with high-back tables, pew seating, and board games galore. The far wall is glass and provides a full view of the brewhouse, similar to that at Surly, and a few flat-panel TVs offer game-day entertainment.
At capacity the taproom seats 100, and since its pre-holidays soft opening, Badger Hill has been hitting that limit every weekend. An official grand opening is planned for late January or early February, but everything is fully functional now, with a few minor upgrades in seating, acoustics, and street level signage to be worked out in the meantime.
When the weather warms up, the taproom will explore food truck and delivery options, and owners will open a patio space, where customers can grab a pint outdoors. Badger Hill will also soon install a canning line and transition from bottles (now handled in Minnetonka) to a six-pack, 12-ounce can format. Owners hope to fully transition to cans by the summer.
Badger Hill Brewing Company 4571 Valley Industrial Blvd. S. Shakopee
Taproom hours: Wed - Fri: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.
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