There’s no shortage of beer news in Northeast Minneapolis. HeadFlyer Brewery recently announced plans to open on East Hennepin and 56 Brewing is moving down the road to a bigger space at the end of the year. In relation to that move, 56 also recently sold their 700-square-foot nanobrewery at 3134 California St NE to Broken Clock Brew Coop, who hope to reopen the space as soon as 56 moves out and their own licensing and inspections clear.
The new start-up will be the second cooperative brewery in Minneapolis and will follow the organizational model of Fair State Brewing Coop, says founder Jeremy Mathison. “It’s almost identical,” he says. The public can choose from a Lifetime Membership with voting rights and other perks or a “Brewer’s Membership that allows homebrewers and other people to be more involved in the brewing process,” Mathison explains.
The coop will brew beers based on input from membership, he says, with recipes already submitted for a lavender infused DIPA and a Kolsch that he expects to become flagships. It will be member-driven, he says, with no exact distinction in terms of style. While brewer members will be able to submit recipes for consideration, he stresses that brewing company will rigidly follow the “one member, one vote” principal of the coop model.
Mathison is one of four members who are involved in daily operations on the 10-person board of directors. Along with Mathison, the other three are Will Hubbard (brewing), Jeremy Gharineh (finance), and Stephanie Hubbard (community outreach and volunteers).
Broken Clock will be the third brewery to occupy the small California Street space. NorthGate Brewing opened the original brewery in 2013, and sold it to 56 Brewing (brewhouse and all) in 2014 after announcing plans to move to NorthGate’s current Harding Street brewery.
Broken Clock hopes to open in January 2017. “We plan to follow the same distribution model as NorthGate and 56, but we will probably pay to add a taproom for the public” Mathison adds.