Minneapolis' 'Hogwarts house' may be turned into a brewery

The brewery founders have applied for a taproom license.
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A Minneapolis house that looks like you're walking into Hogwarts may get turned into a brewery and taproom. 

Brass Foundry Brewing Company has applied for a brewery and taproom license, as well as an off-sale growler license, for the building located at 247 10th Ave. S., according to a letter of support from the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association

Dan Shrader and John Kraus presented their plans for Brass Foundry Brewing to the association last month, saying they hope to turn the building into a destination brewery similar to Surly Brewing, but plan to "retain the unique character of the building," the letter says. 

The brewery wouldn't serve food, but would allow people to bring in their own. And they hope to have food trucks from time to time, the letter said. 

It's not clear when the brewery might open, with Christie Rock Hantge of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association telling GoMN "it didn't sound like they planned to open until around the Super Bowl, possibly after." 

The City of Minneapolis told GoMN Wednesday that it hasn't received a formal business license application from Brass Foundry Brewing. 

GoMN has reached out to the brewery planners (via their attorney) for more information. We'll update this when we hear back.

The house is really, really cool

The property, located not far from U.S. Bank Stadium, has been compared to a cross between The Lord of the Rings and Hogwarts from Harry Potter. 

The house, which was built in 1911, has a Middle Earth motif that includes Gothic arches, elaborate staircases, massive fireplaces and stained glass. Take a virtual tour of the property here.

The house is nearly 4,500 square feet, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and a gated courtyard. 

And it wouldn't be weird for the house to become something else. It was once a blacksmith shop and a mechanic's garage. 

The house was last sold in 2002 for $1.1 million, according to Hennepin County Property Tax Records. The home did hit the market again in 2014, but it's not clear if it was sold recently (sometimes it can take a few months for the online property tax records on the county's website to update).

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