The brewery, already known for its IPA, hopes to be a riverfront destination.
Another brewery is being planned near downtown Minneapolis, this time just a block outside the North Loop along the North Minneapolis riverfront.
Minneapolis-based Pryes Brewing Company recently announced plans for a 13,000-square-foot taproom and brewery on West River Road near the Plymouth Avenue Bridge.
While the brewing facility will be new, Pryes itself has had its Miraculum IPA in restaurants around Minneapolis and St. Paul for two years now. Founder and head brewer Jeremy Pryes (pronounced like “prize,” pictured right) and co-founders Allan Flinn, Benjamin Schuster and Mike Corneille have been brewing in North Loop BrewCo’s (formerly known as Lucid Brewing) new taproom and brewery in the North Loop, Inbound BrewCo.
Corneille and Schuster told The Journal that the arrangement has prepared them for their new home because Pryes has operated as a fully licensed brewery and already sourced its own ingredients. The company will also be using the same water in the new taproom, a crucial element for balancing recipes, Schuster added.
Pryes started construction on the brewery in mid-November. The founders looked for two years to find the right space, touring building after building, Schuster said. Then they found it: a former industrial building on the riverfront, sandwiched between the North Loop and the Upper Harbor Terminal site, where a development team has proposed an amphitheater and housing, office and park projects for the former shipping barge terminal.
With 13,000 square feet, Schuster and Corneille said the brewery will have room for long-term growth. Pryes eventually plans to drive up production from its current 800 barrels to more than 20,000 barrels in its new home. The brewery also plans to distribute Miraculum to liquor stores for the first time ever. The taproom itself will serve as a tasting room for the next Pryes brews.
Pryes has chosen a hybrid model for food in the taproom. While many breweries have food trucks outside or, very rarely, have their own restaurant operation, the new taproom will have a full kitchen exclusively for pop-up restaurants and other food partners. While Pryes hasn’t announced any partners yet, Schuster said they expect to have smaller bites to be available in the taproom and front patio much like a food truck. Pop-ups will focus on collaboration and pairing beers and bites, he added.
Guests will also be able to take advantage of a lane for feather bowling (a relatively obscure game similar to curling and bocce), a large parking area that could host concerts and events, and even a nearby kayak rental program.
Pryes Brewing plans to open the taproom at 1401 W. River Rd. N. to patrons in mid-2017. The brewery expects to begin distributing to liquor stores by the end of 2017.