Lucid will open its destination taproom this winter

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November 11, 2015
By: Eric Best
Eric Best

Lucid Brewing will open its new destination taproom this winter in the North Loop.

With the new taproom and production facility, dubbed Inbound Brewco, founders Jon Messier and Eric Biermann are shifting the Minnetonka-based brewery’s focus toward the taproom.

The 11,500-square-foot taproom, located in a single-story building at 5th Street North and 7th Avenue North, will serve a line of new beers. The selection, a more creative outlet for Lucid’s head brewer Brian Schiebe, will rotate with up to a dozen brew styles as beer lovers find their favorites. Messier said some of these brews may be distributed like Lucid’s other beers.

Inbound’s initial production will be much smaller than Lucid’s Minnetonka facility, which the two plan to keep running while opening the new taproom. Lucid will be known for producing the core beer lineup, while Inbound will be about the taproom experience, Messier said.

Inbound will seat about 180 people in the taproom and a wrap-around patio. Much like their Northeast Minneapolis counterparts, food trucks will serve Lucid’s patrons. The two are also planning a retail component, event space and a stage for live music.

The area is quickly developing, with the new Be The Match headquarters, the rising District 600 apartments and the 182-unit Junction Flats development, which opened in mid-2014.

“We have a constant, captive audience because they’re all new,” Messier said.

Inbound also joins the neighborhood’s Fulton Brewery, located just a block away. Two former Lucid employees and other partners are also opening another North Loop brewery, Modist Brewing, set to open in January 2016 at 505 N. 3rd St.

Inbound has been in construction since September. Messier said they plan to open the taproom before the end of the winter.