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One can figure out quite simply from the identify of his brewery that James Kenison may be a fan of animals. However it goes beyond liking canines and cats: Kenison is a retired Rochester Police Department K9 police officer who spent over 10 years bonding with and training canines to counter crime.
“I simply wished to go a totally different path,” Kenison says of leaving the Rochester Police Division to open PawPrint Brewery south of Rochester in Chatfield, simply along Freeway 52. “I’ve been in legislation enforcement since I was 19 years previous. Right after high school I went active obligation in the [U.S.] Air Pressure. I used to be a cop within the Air Drive. Was within the Minnesota Air National Guard. This last August 17, I retired from the military after 25 years of that stuff.”
PawPrint Brewery co-proprietor and head brewer James Kennison poses for a portrait // Picture by Louis Livingston-Garcia
The new brewery venture has come a great distance in the quick time since Kenison was first launched to brewing by a neighbor two years in the past. Back then, he was invited to a get together where everyone introduced a growler to share. From there, it’s been a fast process to get to where he’s at right this moment, set to formally open Chatfield’s first brewery on January 24, 2020.
“I was in plastic buckets for a month after which I moved to stainless steel,” Kenison says. “When I see one thing I get pleasure from doing, I take it to the next degree.
“You just get that zeal for brewing beer and creating new recipes,” he continues. “When you get that suggestions from your mates-‘These are actually good and you need to attempt to sell these’-you surprise if it is best to do this.”
Finding a spot to set up a brewery is always a major challenge. It’s expensive, and never every house matches a brewer’s vision. Kenison had appeared in Rochester but the area was too small. He even checked out his present house twice, but wasn’t sure if it was the correct measurement. He had a conversation with the building’s owner after wanting on the Chatfield constructing again, which helped him make the choice.
“He’s a businessman within the Chatfield space with a building with nothing to place in it,” Kenison says. “He didn’t need a bar there, however something to help revitalize the Chatfield town. Bring something new, something totally different.”
PawPrint Brewery taproom // Picture by Louis Livingston-Garcia
The roughly 3,000-square-foot space appeared large. But after a second move, Kenison made it home to his modest 2-barrel brewing system. He hopes to brew 6 barrels a week to fill five 2-barrel and five 1-barrel fermentors. He plans on brewing on a smaller scale so he can really experiment with the beer he makes, putting 12 taps on. Ultimately, he can even offer growlers.
“That was a fear of mine: going too massive too quick,” Kenison says. “Because if you don’t have the proper setting and business model in place, if you go too large too fast, you might have the risk of hundreds of thousands of dollars tied up in equipment or product.
PawPrint Brewery faucet handles // Picture by Louis Livingston-Garcia
“I could be brewing a little extra often, however that helps alleviate the worry of having stock sit and never having the ability to attempt one thing completely different. I feel we’re going to be able to pump out completely different flavors on a regular basis.”
Being a smaller operation also jives with Chatfield’s smaller inhabitants-though a lot of individuals travel by means of the town, especially beer followers making the pilgrimage to Decorah from the Twin Cities or Rochester to go to Midwest big Toppling Goliath. There are a variety of visitors who camp in the realm too.
Giving the former bar its own identity will also be key to endearing it to guests.
“All of our beers are themed off of K9s,” Kenison says. “Everybody loves their dog or their cat. PawPrint incorporates every thing. Proper now it’s canines, however it incorporates your pet buddy.”
Flipping again to the opposite facet of the coin is Kenison’s police and army background, which he says taught him how to be focused, pushed, and fast to unravel any problems that arise along with his new brewing endeavor.
His time as an officer also taught him how to converse with a wide selection of individuals, which he’s excited to proceed as he chats with patrons at the taproom bar.
“It just form of opens the doors for that sort of one-on-one connection,” Kenison explained. “Being a cop, you can form of decide up on when folks need somebody to talk to.”
Also of notice is his deliberate bitter series of beers called the Skinny Line, a reference to the completely different foundations that help law enforcement (Skinny Blue Line), EMS (Thin White Line), and more.
Kenison wants to “give back to those who’re out there in the community doing the powerful jobs.”
It’s not often you may utilize your background to build your future, all of the whereas supporting the life you left behind indirectly. Plus, who doesn’t love a pint with their fur buddy?
PawPrint Brewery in Chatfield // Picture by Louis Livingston-Garcia
Brewer: James Kenison
Beers: Bear Dog Honey Lager, Chook Canine Sour, Bomb Canine IPA, The Minuteman Irish Red, Wet Snout Stout
Tackle: 128 Important Street South, Chatfield, MN 55923
Hours: Mon-Wed: closed; Thu-Solar: 12pm-10pm
Online: Website, Facebook
Opening: January 24, 2020 at 4pm
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