I’ve done my best to keep my mouth shut about what (little) I knew about DUO Brewing until they were ready to share. Well, if you visit their website, clearly they’re ready to share:
To Craft Beer Lovers in Minnesota,
As we approach our goal of opening a microbrewery in Minnesota we want to share more information about who we are at DUO Brewing, and what we intend to accomplish.
Itâ€™s hard to believe it was two years ago when we sat down over a cup of coffee at Dunn Bros. to discuss the idea of opening a microbrewery in Minnesota. Itâ€™s hard to believe that at that time Surly had only been brewing for about 6 months, and Flat Earth was not even on the radar. Of course Summit needs no introduction as they pioneered Minnesota craft beer over 20 years ago. Though itâ€™s easy to understand the success of the new entrants in the Minnesota craft beer market when you acknowledge the growing awareness and maturing palates of Minnesota beer lovers. That palate for a fuller flavor, full body, and bold representation of beer styles is what DUO Brewing will help satisfy in Minnesota.
To bring to light who we are, DUO Brewing is the vision of lifelong friends Dan Oâ€™Leary and Ian Davis. We share a passion for craft beer and itâ€™s that passion that has driven us to open a microbrewery in Minnesota. Building DUO Brewing from the ground up has presented many obstacles to overcome, and we have a lot of work ahead of us before we can bring our craft ales to market.
As homebrewers we have been building the idea of DUO Brewing and perfecting our recipes in Danâ€™s basement. During this time we have worked diligently on our Business Plan and spent countless hours meeting with other professionals to properly set up and ensure the ongoing success of the brewery.
Our hard work has already begun to pay off. Our beers have been awarded four medals over the past two years. DUO Brewing has held two tasting parties in order to help get our name and idea out. The tasting parties also served as a means to test the popularity of our various recipes. Though perhaps the greatest benefit has been the satisfaction of seeing dozens of people enjoying beer you personally brewed. Any brewer could tell you that.
As we move forward into the coming year we are working hard to assemble the start-up capital required to finally transform DUO Brewing from an idea on paper, into a microbrewery Minnesota can be proud of.
Thank you all for your support and interest.
Ian Davis & Dan Oâ€™Leary
What a tease! Now I’m champing at the bit for more information.
“That palate for a fuller flavor, full body, and bold representation of beer styles is what DUO Brewing will help satisfy in Minnesota.”
Bold representation of beer styles…. I like that!
Where is this Brewery located ??
“As we move forward into the coming year we are working hard to assemble the start-up capital required to finally transform DUO Brewing from an idea on paper, into a microbrewery Minnesota can be proud of.”
I’d say they’re located “in the future” at the moment. hopefully the near future…
Maplewood Mall could always use a brewpub, something to offset (or compliment?) the DIVE Bar and The Rock (just throwing the idea out there.) I’m also surprised that nobody has moved into the White Bear Lake area: Washington Square is a great beer bar, but a proper brewpub would be even better!
What Granite City in Roseville is not good enough for you 😀 I kid I kid.
IIRC, the DUO fellas are going for a brewery, not a brewpub, but yes, you’re probably right Chaz. I can’t remember where the next GC was supposed to land, either…
Hey now, Scott… the last 2 or 3 GC seasonals have been really damn good. I was duly impressed by the wit and the Oktoberfest.
I’ve been to a tasting party for DUO, and I was very impressed. I love their philosophy about beer and its clearly portrayed while tasting them.
Sweet! Minnesota’s brewery/brewpub scene continues to improve!
ryan > I can’t remember where the next GC was supposed to land, either…
I’d heard one was originally planned for the Woodbury Lakes complex, but that seems not to have panned out. Either way, the Eastern and Northeastern suburbs could sure use the variety!
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