May 24, 2012 by Sarah M
Local beer fans, rejoice. Another brewery is on its way to Northeast.
Founders Adam Sjogren and Todd Slininger hope to have Northgate Brewing open to the public in late summer or early fall. They’ve found a space in an industrial building 3134 California St. NE where they plan to make English “session” beers.
Session beers are defined by an alcohol content below five percent alcohol by volume, which makes them easier to drink over a period of time. Much of the national and local craft beer boom is focused on high alcohol, hoppy beers, and Sjorgren said he hopes Northgate can fill a void in the market with styles like an English Brown Ale.
“There aren’t a ton of people in town making session beers,” he said. “We hope that if we make a really great craft beer, then craft beer drinkers will drink it. Most aren’t devoted to only one style.”
Sjogren and Slininger are both homebrewers, but won’t be handling brewing duties at Northgate. They’ve hired a brewmaster who recently graduated from Chicago’s Siebel Institute, the oldest brewing school in the country. The brewery’s seven-barrel brewhouse will be delivered in July. Currently, the plan is to sell beer in growlers and kegs. A taproom is possible in the years after launch, but one isn’t planned right away.
“We’d rather have two fermenters and be able to make another style of beer than have a taproom,” he said.
Like many upstart brewers, Sjogren said he and Slininger were inspired to start follow their dream of launching a brewery after the passage of the so-called “Surly bill,” which passed one year ago. They felt like it was the right time in their lives to take a chance on a business, and definitely the right time to launch another brewery.
“If you’re a beer nerd in Minneapolis, it’s a really great time to be in this city,” said Sjogren.