Black Sheep Pizza's owner, Rapids Brewing opening barbecue brewpub in Minneapolis

The brewpub is a new iteration of Jordan Smith's Texas-inspired StormKing BBQ restaurant.
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The owner of Black Sheep Pizza is bringing back his short-lived barbecue joint, with plans to open a brewpub in Minneapolis' North Loop this spring. 

Jordan Smith of Black Sheep Pizza is teaming up with Darin Jensen, the head brewer at Rapids Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on StormKing Brewpub & BBQ, which is taking over the former ONE Fermentary and Taproom space at 618 N 5th St. (it closed last year), which is redesigning the space that's just down the street from Target Field.

The partnership will bring "what everyone is craving in the North Loop: a fun, lively energy, spectacularly brewed beers, killer barbecue, cocktails and wine. StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue featuring Rapids Brewing Company is all about a passion for great food, drink and a really great time," Kristina Larson, the director of operations at Black Sheep, told Bring Me The News.

The North Loop Neighborhood, citing the project manager, says the goal is to open to the public in April, noting licensing and permits are underway.

The brewpub is a new iteration of Smith's StormKing BBQ, which opened near Black Sheep's South Minneapolis location in 2017, but closed in under a year

The new StormKing will feature the same Texas-inspired BBQ and beloved brisket, ribs and pulled pork, as well as "more fun stuff," Smith told Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, such as "smoked wings and old school nachos, some sandwiches and other new things."

He told the Star Tribune that at the original StormKing, people always requested sandwiches but he wasn't serving them. This time around it's "going to be less like barbecue church."

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The brewpub will brew Rapids Brewing beer on-site, and be selling crowlers and growlers to go, as well as food, Lawson said. 

And because it's a brewpub, they're legally allowed to sell other alcoholic beverages, so StormKing will have draft wine and draft cocktails, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine notes. 

The restaurant will seat 160 people indoors and 60 on the patio, with diners ordering at the counter and the food being brought out to their table, the Star Tribune says. 

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