European beer garden will open this summer in Bryn Mawr

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A rendering of the planned taproom and brewery.

A brewspace is heading to the former Glenwood-Inglewood bottling plant on Minneapolis’ north side.

Utepils Brewing Company will be serving up beer by late summer if they stick to their construction schedule. The brewery was founded by Daniel Justesen, a former co-owner at St. Paul’s brew-on-premise Vine Park, and will feature another familiar face as head brewer: Eric Harper, who has worked at Summit and New Glarus.

Named after a Norwegian word for the first beer enjoyed outdoors after the long winter, Utepils was originally christened Bryn Mawr Brewing. Owners changed it up in November when they discovered an Oregon winery of the same name.

Utepils will make classic styles, including both lagers and ales, and will lean mostly toward session beers best suited for a beer garden environment. Justesen says they're planning a hefeweizen, a German Alt or brown ale, a Bohemian pilsner, and a pale ale. 

Located near Theodore Wirth Park and with large and scenic grounds on the property, Utepils hopes to maximize the outdoor beer garden atmosphere. The plan is to integrate the surrounding property, including Bassett Creek, a waterfall, and the Fruen Mill into a singular visitor experience. The spacious surroundings, he says, will also buffer any noise between the brewery and neighborhood residents.

While it’s still too early for final details, the taproom is expected to seat around 150. Utepils is also selling membership packages to raise additional funding, where participants will receive free beer for 99 years.

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Groundbreaking at Utepils (Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Commissioner; Jim Moore, Utepils CFO; Dan Justesen, Utepils President and Co-Founder; Deb Justesen, Utepils Co-Founder; Blong Vang, Minneapolis City Council Member Ward 5)

Harper’s contributions at Summit include Unchained Series’ Belgian Style Golden Ale (#4), Old 152, Kentucky Common (#11), and Hop Silo Double IPA (#18).


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