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Some may know the city of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota from the tales of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Others take the scenic drive via the forest of trees decorated for the holidays every winter. However Sleepy Eye is getting an addition on Predominant Street-an attraction that can give folks another purpose to get pleasure from and go to the quaint city. Within the antique retailers and salons on Fundamental Road, the previous Pix Theater has been renovated into a espresso shop by day and brewery by evening.
Sleepy Eye Brewing Company is set to open its doorways on Friday, December 27 at 4pm. The five co-house owners have excessive hopes that their brewery will assist deliver some motion back to downtown Sleepy Eye. The roots of the brewery go back to Adam Armbruster. Judd Walter’s homebrewing days. They spent time brewing in sheds and garages and golfing with their three buddies, Dan Schmid, Blair Folkens, and Adam Fischer-the five of them now make up the owners of Sleepy Eye Brewing Company. From a doctor to a contractor to a couple of finance gurus, the group felt they’d the collective knowledge to start a profitable business and bring something unique to the brewery-to-be. The 5 males talked about upgrading equipment. Discovering a better house to brew. But the chatter became critical discuss two years ago when Adam and Karyln Armbruster determined to tug the set off and buy the Pix Theater on Main Avenue.
“After chatting with some associates and connections at other breweries, we knew we had to take the plunge if we really wanted to do something good for the city of Sleepy Eye,” says Schmid. “Our purpose was to create one thing that could revive downtown.”
After about a yr of planning, development officially started in December of 2018. Sleepy Eye Coffee Company opened in October 2019, introducing the town to the space and giving them a sneak peek into what they would quickly get to know because the brewery and taproom.
The bar from above at the new Sleepy Eye Brewing in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota // Photo courtesy Sleepy Eye Brewing
Judd Walter explained that they didn’t start the brewery to make more money or add extra to their plates.
“We all have full-time jobs and plan on holding it that method,” stated Walter. “The goal of starting the brewery was never about cash or staying busy, it was about bringing something truly particular to Foremost Avenue.”
In the lead-up to opening day, the group has been working and brewing tirelessly. All 5 house owners help with brewing with Armbruster. Brewer Arron Luebbert taking the lead on recipe creation.
On opening day, December 27, they can have 10 beers on tap, and a new beer will likely be released at 5pm on December 28-the Luebbert Crimson Lager. From a espresso stout on nitro to a cream ale to a hazy New England type IPA, they’ll have a massive variety to supply their customers.
“We actually wanted to open with a bang,” said Walter. “Our objective was to have a large choice of brews.”
They’ve the flexibility so as to add to the selection in the future as a consequence of their 12-faucet draft tower. Within the brewery, they have a 3-barrel brewhouse. Due to their limited and unique area, they needed to make sure they had been being efficient with their tools and arrange. They went with stacked fermentors to save lots of room and make the most out of their long and slim brewing area.
Outside the taproom, the unique Pix Theater marquee is accompanied by signs for both the brewery and espresso store. Inside, the brewery is covered in stunning exposed brick partitions and black and white tile floors. With the principle degree, area in the again, and balcony, there’s seating for about a hundred folks.
“Our purpose is to supply a fantastic product and ambiance for our prospects,” chimed in Kelly Krzmarzick, Sleepy Eye Brewing’s supervisor. “The beer is great, the rustic ambiance is unique, and the staff is superior-we’re all just right here to have fun and chat about beer.”
The house owners of Sleepy Eye Brewing hope that their presence will help fill among the empty areas on Essential Avenue. In keeping with Walter, since throwing a couple of private events on the brewery and the opening of the coffee shop portion, some of the shops nearby have already observed higher site visitors.
“We really want people to come back experience a thriving downtown Sleepy Eye,” stated Schmid. “We want this to be a great spot for locals in addition to a craft beer vacation spot that people from all over will proceed to come to and enjoy.”
Sleepy Eye Brewing’s lofted house of their new taproom in Southwest Minnesota // Photograph courtesy Sleepy Eye Brewing
Brewers: Adam Armbruster, Arron Luebbert
Beers: Wide Awake Espresso Stout, Night time Shift Porter, Crusin’ Major IPA, Eye Sweet Blonde Ale, Crazy Aunt Kolsch, Farm Hand Saison, Peaches & Kareem Ale, Seasonal Disorder Pale Ale, Rippin IPA, Sleepy Eye Cream Ale, Luebbert Lager
Deal with: 121 Major Avenue W. Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
Hours: Wed-Fri: 4-11pm; Sat: 11am-11pm; Sun: 11am-4pm
Online: Fb, Instagram
Opening: December 27, 2019