First look inside Tin Whiskers Brewing

A brewery and taproom is coming to the building I live in (the Rossmor) in downtown St. Paul. The owners of Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. held an open house Saturday to meet neighbors. The guys are three electrical engineers who have basement-brewed for several years in Roseville, but are now launching their taproom in the fairer of our Twin Cities.


Jeff Moriarty (left) and George Kellerman in their new Lowertown St. Paul space. The Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. owners held an open house for friends, family and neighbors Saturday, Dec. 21.

Beer was available for tasting, so I tried the Flip Switch IPA, which contains a variety of American hops and was nicely balanced. The guys said they’re still on track to open in the second quarter of 2014. George said they’re hoping for April if everything goes as smoothly as possible. For now, the owners said they are holding onto their day jobs, joking about how “all the money is in craft beer,” but hey, look at Indeed and its meteoric rise in the local market. It feels like yesterday when I was touring the skeleton of Indeed’s now buzzing taproom in northeast Minneapolis during Art-a-Whirl a few years back. More photos of the space, which looks to be about 3,000 or so square feet with 16-foot ceilings:


The windows out to Ninth Street. Jeff said one of the reasons he liked the space was because of how much natural light the massive Rossmor building windows provide.


The windows out toward the Rossmor back parking lot. Jeff said the majority of heavy brewing equipment will line this back wall, and will be partitioned by the bar and seating area that will be closer to the front windows and Ninth Street.


The owners said this pillar will kind of split the two halves of the space. Behind it will be the brewing equipment, in front of it will be the bar and seating area.


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