612Brew to Open Taproom, Brewery in NE Mpls.

612Brew, which will be located in The Broadway building, intends to open a taproom and begin selling growlers in late fall, and it will start supplying liquor stores within a year.

If you’re keeping a tally of the many microbreweries that have either recently opened or plan to launch in the Twin Cities, there’s yet another to add to the list.

The latest is 612Brew, which said Tuesday that it has signed a lease for a new brewery at the corner of Central Avenue and Broadway Street in Northeast Minneapolis. (The brewery’s announcement falls on “6-12-12,” and its name is a reference to the local Minneapolis area code.)

612Brew intends to open a taproom and begin selling growlers in late fall, and it will start supplying liquor stores within a year. Taprooms were made possible by a new law that allows breweries to sell pints of their beer in on-site; growlers are 64-ounce glass bottles of beer.

612Brew said that it will produce “high-quality beers to satisfy both the craft beer and weekend drinker.” At the helm are four friends who began homebrewing from a garage, and while the 612Brew name has been circulating for a couple of years, the team hadn’t until now finalized a location for a permanent brewery.

612Brew will launch with two beers: Six, which is described as a “sessionable” American Pale Ale, and Rated R, a “spicy and hoppy” Rye India pale ale. The company later plans to roll out a seasonal summer brew, a German-style lager featuring freshly grated ginger. And the taproom will feature some exclusive beers, including an American black ale.

“It is a way for us to experiment and see what people enjoy,” co-founder Robert Kasak said in a statement.

612Brew President Adit Kalra said in a statement that the brewery aims to provide an alternative to heavier, aged beers with high alcohol content, which have recently grown in popularity. The brewery also plans to offer a menu of “Indian street food” at its taproom.

612Brew will be the anchor tenant in historic building The Broadway, which was recently purchased by Peter Remes, who restored the Van Buren building in Northeast Minneapolis and the Icehouse building in South Minneapolis, according to 612Brew. The building—which also features an outdoor patio—is currently undergoing renovation.

The brewery said that it will give a portion of its sales to local charities and community organizations.

Ryan Libby, co-founder and marketing director, pointed out that states like California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado “support hundreds of small and independent breweries.”

“We’re excited that Minnesota is growing into a formidable beer state as well, and we look forward to adding the ‘Brew District’ distinction to Northeast Minneapolis, just as it is the Arts District,” Libby said.

That distinction may not be far-fetched: In February, Indeed Brewing Company announced that it was setting up shop in Northeast’s Arts District this summer, and The Journal recently reported that Northgate Brewing will open in Northeast in late summer or early fall.

But the beer craze isn’t limited to a single neighborhood. Additional breweries, like Fulton Beer and Harriet Brewing, have launched taprooms in other parts of Minneapolis, and more breweries continue to pop up around the Twin Cities.

Among other signs that interest in beer continues to grow: The founder of the local Beer Dabbler festivals recently launched a beer-centric magazine called The Growler, and he intends to sell brewery-branded merchandise at a new store. Additionally, a long list of locally produced craft beers debuted at Target Field earlier this year.

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