Big news in the Minnesota beer world: Finnegans is planning to open its own three-story microbrewery in a new downtown Minneapolis development.
Kraus-Anderson unveiled its master plan to remake a block in Elliot Park, between Portland and 5th avenues between 8th and 9th streets near downtown Minneapolis, into the home of its new headquarters, a 17-story apartment tower, a park, a seven-story boutique hotel, and the new Finnegans microbrewery.
The hotel/microbrewery mash-up will be the first of its kind in Minnesota and has been nicknamed a “brewtel.” An outdoor atrium will link the hotel and brewery.
The brewery will allow Minneapolis-based Finnegans to break from its current brewing arrangement with Summit Brewing and start making its own beer. Finnegans Chief Executive Jacquie Berglund told The Star Tribune that the brewery is “getting to the size where we need to be thinking about getting our own [brewery].”
Also included within Finnegans’ building will be an event center and a social innovation center/co-working incubator office space–dubbed the “Finnovation Lab”–on the third floor.
Finnegans is a nonprofit company that donates 100 percent of its profits to charity through its community fund. Berglund told The Journal and Elliot Park residents Thursday the new brewery means big things for her company’s future. “The next chapter on how we want to grow our brand and our mission is to help others who want to run businesses and have a social mission,” she said.
Kraus-Anderson says construction could begin in the first quarter of 2016 with an opening 16-24 months later. The four buildings would be constructed all at once.