Want to read more about Shakopee Brewhall? Click here for my article in The Growler’s Now Open (Or Damn Close) column. Here are a few excerpts:
In the fall of 2010, Ryan Lindquist and Damon Schuler toured Lift Bridge Brewing with their wives. During their tour, the pair looked around and thought, “We should totally do this.”
Though neither of them had brewed a batch of beer in his life, the pair decided to dive head first into what would become their new love: craft beer. In February 2011, Lindquist and Schuler purchased their first homebrewing supplies and got to work.
With some failed beginner attempts and a few trips to the supply shop, they got their operation up and running. While their homebrew was good, Lindquist says, he knew that to open their dream brewery, he and Schuler would have to bring in an expert.
The taproom lies somewhere between historical nostalgia and the sleek vibrancy we often associate with craft breweries. Elements, such as the 100-year old brick from the Shakopee foundry and limestone from the town’s original 1850s brewery, create a comforting hometown aesthetic. While cozy ambiance is integral to the taproom, Shakopee Brewhall stands out from the town’s neighborhood bars. A sleek, locally-made mahogany bar top reflects the amber colors within trendy logoed glassware. Retro orange stools slide along mini tiles.
“My aim here is to acknowledge the past and bring in the new, exposing people to a lot of different styles of beer,” says Lindquist. The styles Shakopee Brewhall will open with are an “easy drinking” red ale, lager, brown ale, saison, and American IPA. The sessionable lineup suits the brewery well, given their primary customers will likely be local families. (The taproom also has board games and kid-sized tables for children to enjoy.)
My advice came from owner Ryan Lindquist who told me, “Stay relevant.” For Ryan, relevancy meant growing his dream of owning a brewery in a way that aligned with industry trends. Relevancy may come in the shape of updating your business model, or it might mean something more personal, such as engaging in personal development. Regardless, remaining static is not an option.