Toured: Town Hall Brewery

Toured: Town Hall Brewery

After an amazing night at Winterfest, we drug our sleep-deprived selves to Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis for a much needed bloody mary and a tour of the brewery facilities. Town Hall is an unassuming little building, tucked in to the Seven Corners district off South Washington Ave in Minneapolis.

Town Hall Brewery

Sporting a 15bbl brewhouse, Brewmaster Mike Hoops and crew double-batch 10bbl brews into 20bbl fermenters (they have some 10bbl fermenters as well), brewing about three times a week. The mash/lauter tun is small enough (at around 700# per batch) to mash in by hand as grain is augered into the mash tun from the mill room in the basement, using the largest mash paddle I’ve ever laid eyes on.

A few years ago, Town Hall set about renovating an old boiler room in the basement in order to gain some more square footage for fermenters and bright tanks. The renovations more than doubled their production capacity, and provided space for grain storage, keg washing station, and a barrel storage and aging room (closet).

Town Hall Basement

One of the more interesting things I found in the basement was these Sankey kegs that were modified by a local welder to add a large port in the side.

Modified Sankey Kegs

These are used for specialty beers that need to be aged on something like fruit, and allows the brewers easy access to the vessel to toss in a muslin bag of something like cherries, and be able to get them out without having to disassemble the valve.

The basement is also home to an 12-tap growler filling tree that’s used for samples on the monthly tours. When I stopped in, they had a few year-round beers on tap, along with a very nice barleywine and a dubbel that I would really love to get the recipe for.

Town Hall Basement Taps

This was another great tour. I’ve heard the food is as good as the beer, but unfortunately we had to jet off to Midwest supplies so I could grab some grain for the beer I made the following weekend. We stopped in at Muddy Waters in the Uptown district later and I had chicken fried bacon for the first time ever. If you have a chance to grab a pint and a burger, I definitely recommend stopping in.

Town Hall Brewery Barleywine

 

Edit: Here’s a bonus gallery, along with the requested photo proof of said giant mash paddle :-)

2 Comments

  • the509inc on Mar 14, 2012

    “The mash/lauter tun is small enough (at around 700# per batch) to mash in by hand as grain is augered into the mash tun from the mill room in the basement, using the largest mash paddle I’ve ever laid eyes on.”

    Okay so now I got to know… How big was it? I imagine it would have to be the size of a snow shovel or larger. Or is this like an old fishing story? I swear the fish was the biggest ever caught.

    Lets see a picture of this paddle.