10 Twin Cities Microbreweries in Historic Buildings

Minnesota is internationally famous for their vast amount of microbreweries, growing across the state. Here are ten microbreweries whose homes were once a different part of Minnesota history. Who knew craft beer and historic preservation went hand in hand?

1. The Freehouse
701 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

The Freehouse is located in the historic Loose-Wiles Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its historical significance of commercial development dating from the city’s formative decades. It was designed by prominent local architect Edwin Hewitt, who leased it to the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, later known as the Sunshine Biscuit Company, whose owners utilized the booming grain industry in Minneapolis to establish their home. The brewery is held in the first floor annex, which was added on in 1945.

Freehouse-Pub
Photo courtesy of the City of Minneapolis

2. Day Block Brewing
1105 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis

The Day Block Building, home to the aptly named brewery, was named after Leonard Day, a local businessman in the lumber and flour milling trades, who built the property in 1883. Since then, the building has served numerous purposes, including a furniture-making business, an hospital for local mill and lumber workers, a local boarding house, the Oken Brothers grocery supply store, and Frank’s Plumbing. In 2005, Jeff Hahn spent the next two years renovating the space while still retaining its original historic character to make it home for his web design firm on the third level, and last year, Day Block Brewing opened for the public on the ground level.

DayBlock-Brewing Photo courtesy of Day Block Brewing Company

3. Flat Earth Brewing Company
688 Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul

Flat Earth Brewery, which opened last summer, revives the memories and space of Hamm’s Brewery, which opened in 1865 in St. Paul’s Swede Hollow neighborhood and went vacant in 1997. One of the former office buildings for Hamm’s Brewery is now home to Great Waters Brewing Company.

FlatEarth-Brewing Photo courtesy of Lillie News

4. Bauhaus Brewlabs
1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis

Bauhaus, where PAM hosted one of our HeartBomb heart-making events, once belonged to Gopher Towing, where they stored junked vehicles and other materials.

Bauhaus Photo courtesy of Heavy Table

5. LynLake Brewery
2934 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Home to our HeartBomb event in Minneapolis, the brewery was originally the Lyndale Theatre, which opened in 1915 and closed in 1952. In 1954 it was converted into a grocery store, then it became a furniture store and subsequently a bingo hall from 1973 until 1990. Co-founders Mark Anderson and Paul Cassette opened LynLake Brewery in October of last year.

LynLake-Brewery Photo courtesy of MN Traveler

6. Urban Growler
2325 Endicott Street, St. Paul

Before Urban Growler became the Twin Cities’ first women-owned brewery, it was home to a horse stable and maintenance shop for the City of St. Paul. Michael Roehr of RoehrSchmitt Architecture preserved the 19th-century brick facade and the large windows so lots of light can come into the dining areas and so visitors can watch the beer being brewed while eating.

Urban-Growler Photo courtesy of City Pages

7. Great Waters Brewing Co.
426 St. Peter Street, St. Paul

Great Waters is located at the historic Hamm Building, which was built in 1914 originally as a department store. A few years into construction, due to economic restraints caused by World War I, William Hamm stepped in to create an office building for his company, Hamm’s Brewery. In 1920, it went from an office building to the Capitol Theatre, which quickly became one of the most popular places in the Twin Cities area. Although it has undergone several restorations, it looks much the same as it did in the early 1900s.

Great-Waters-Brewing-Company Photo courtesy of Heavy Table

8. Tin Whiskers Brewing Company
125 E 9th Street, St. Paul

The Rossmor Building, home to Tin Whiskers Brewing Company, started as the Foot, Schulze and Co. Building when completed in 1916. After great success in Red Wing, Foot & Schulze it opened its factory on N. Robert Street in Saint Paul to create more refined city shoes. By mid-century, however, the company had faded into memory, and the building became commonly known as the Rossmor. It has since been synonymous with the artistic life of Saint Paul.

Tin-Whiskers Photo courtesy of Minnesota Lofts and Condos

9. 612 Brew
945 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis

The Broadway building, home to 612 Brew, was originally built in 1921 for Land O’ Nod Mattress Company, who patented the waterbed and developed chiropractic mattresses and box springs. Prior to being acquired by First & First in December 2011, The Broadway was home to Twin City Paper Company for almost half a century. First & First purchased the Broadway building in 2012 and after a complete restoration with respect to the building’s past, the Broadway now hosts several businesses, including the brewery, Spyhouse Coffee Co, and Core Power Yoga.

612-Brew Photo courtesy of 612 Brew

10. Indeed Brewing Company
711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis

Indeed Brewing Company, as part of the larger Solar Arts Building, was originally built for W.M. Bros. Boiling & Manufacturing Company nearly a century earlier. Duane Arens and Larry Brandt purchased the building in 2012 and beautifully renovated it by retaining the historic character of the building, which included well-worn wood and cast iron, and adding 109 solar panels.

Indeed-Brewing Photo courtesy of Heavy Table

Christina Rieth

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