Community Keg House will soon open in Northeast Minneapolis’ Grain Belt Brewery complex.
Instead of another brewery showcasing its own brews, the “pour-your-own-pint” taproom is more like a wine bar for beer where patrons can sample and taste a rotating selection of craft beers and learn about the brewers. Co-owner and general manager Nate Field envisions the concept being like a community space that supports the area’s booming beer industry.
“This place is meant to showcase the Minnesota craft beer scene,” he told The Journal. “We’re like a taproom for everyone.”
The five-person ownership group is bereft of professional beer makers, said Field, who is an architect by trade. Instead, the group is largely made up of home brewers and Northeast Minneapolis residents. They hope to create an open platform to start conversations about craft beer.
Community Keg House will have four themes, each with four taps, with one theme rotating out each month. Themes might be a specific style like IPA or all beers from a single brewer. Instead of bartenders or wait staff serving the beer, the taproom’s pour room will have “tap tenders” who will act as beer sommeliers to help patrons choose a beer and pair it with food. Patrons will simply buy a glass and pour it themselves.
The beer selection will primarily feature local and Minnesota beers and ciders. Grain Belt Nordeast will have a permanent residency given the space’s history with the brewing company. One of the taproom’s banners promises, “beer is back at Grain Belt.”
While it may have more of a connoisseur’s approach to serving beer, Field said Community Keg House is for both beer fans and those looking to learn more. “I do not want this place to be pretentious,” he said.
Community Keg House plans to serve panini sandwiches, nachos, salads and soups with ingredients based on the season and what can be sourced locally. A few permanent snack items include kettle chips, sriracha peas and artisan popcorn. The taproom will also have non-alcoholic drinks like root beer on tap and craft sodas.
The taproom doubles down on its Northeast Minneapolis roots with art. Thanks to plenty of wall space, Community Keg House will also be home to local pieces, much like the area’s historic warehouses. Its first exhibition, “Northeast Now” will be its grand opening art show, Field said.
“We’re trying to put [local art, beer and food] into one space where people can come and celebrate it,” he said. “We’re just kind of the backbone.”
Community Keg House opens Jan. 15 just off Broadway Street at 34 13th Ave. NE.