3036 Minnehaha Avenue
Juno Choi, Josh Voeltz, Garth Blomberg, Co-Founders and Aaron Herman, Head brewer
Anyone still devastated about Harriet Brewing closing should be watching the old space closely this summer. Arbeiter Brewing will be remodeling and taking over the space and should open in late fall. With the German name, they will feature German-style brews, but plan to be innovative and customer-driven when it comes to developing new beers. With ten tap lines, it doesn’t sound like anyone will ever need to drink a style of beer they know they won’t like.
I also have no doubt that the beer will be delicious as the guys have a collective 40 or so years of experience in the beer industry, from marketing and events to retail and brewing (both home and commercial). In fact, they all met through Northern Brewer where they worked together in some capacity or another. Additionally, Aaron, their brewer, can boast five years of brewing experience at Town Hall with three as the lead brewer.
I had the pleasure of meeting the guys and touring the space and I can tell you there will be some big changes from the former tenant. The taproom will move to the front of the building and have garage doors that open to a patio on the parking lot side -- think big windows and lots of light. As for events, they are already planning to partner with Moon Palace Books to bring outdoor events to the green space between the buildings and are working to build relationships with other area businesses. The taproom plans include long communal tables to bring that German feel and encourage socialization which will be great for larger groups and for making new neighborhood friends. They will also have some cozy seating for that first date or special occasion.
For neighborhood beer enthusiasts, you may want to check out the Arbeiter Union Beer Club Membership. Donate a minimum $1,000 and receive triple credit when they open. Yes, that adds up to a 66% discount! Other memberships or special offers are in the works, so keep your eye on the webpage for exciting updates. Join me in welcoming Arbeiter, because every neighborhood needs a good beer and a place to gather.