Summit mysteriously starts beer hall expansion

Don't worry, you can still drink beer while it's going on.

The announcement that Summit Brewing Company is remodeling its beer hall could not be more guarded.

The second largest brewer in Minnesota confirmed in recent days that it's making changes to its popular St. Paul beer hall and patio.

Unfortunately, as far as details go, they're about as scant as they get, with Summit saying in its news release it doesn't want to "divulge any specific details" right now ("anticipation is the height of joy, as they say").

The only thing you can expect for sure is a "substantial facelift" inside the beer hall itself, a place you normally find tipsy Summit visitors taking advantage of its free, post-beer-tour samples.

The company does confirm it's taken on the David Heide Design Studio of Minneapolis to oversee the remodeling of the brewery's "public spaces," with excavation work starting outside the beer hall this past week.

Summit has had its beer hall, also known as the Ratskeller, since construction finished in 1998,

It was initially intended mainly as a free meeting space for community organizations and non-profit groups, but after seeing the explosion in demand for taprooms, Summit has decided to "upgrade the experience for beer drinkers when they come visit."

Don't worry if you're planning a visit though, you'll still be able to get your beer, with the construction area taped off so the beer hall and patio, as it is now, can stay open.

"Rest assured the construction activity is temporary, beer production will not be affected, and we have obtained all necessary permits from the City of St. Paul," the brewery said.

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