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New craft brewery to land in Northeast Minneapolis

Falling Knife is aiming to open by late summer.

The craft beer Mecca that is Northeast Minneapolis is getting a new resident: Falling Knife Brewery.

The brewery will be taking over the space at 783 Harding Street NE, the home of the former NorthGate Brewing, which closed abruptly a year ago.

Falling Knife is the brainchild of friends Tom Berg, Dan Herman and Andy Rutledge, with Berg having formerly been a brewer at Wicked Wort in Robbinsdale, while Herman has 20 years of hospitality experience at the likes of Tilia in Minneapolis and Kincaid's in Bloomington.

CEO Rutledge meanwhile has a background in corporate business, and the three of them are hoping to have their 7,400-square-foot space open for business by late summer.

They'll make use of the 20-barrel brewing system left behind by NorthGate, while the taproom will have capacity for 149 drinkers, and include a pinball alley and 16 taps to choose from.

"We didn’t realize it at the time, but this project started with listening to bands we love and drinking beer at venues around the Twin Cities.” said Rutledge in a press release. "That bond eventually progressed into serious conversations about starting a brewery together, which is now becoming Falling Knife Brewing Company."

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Rather than ordering at the bar as is the case with most taprooms, Falling Knife is aiming to provide table service under the expert guidance of Herman, giving guests time to "relax and casually explore the flavors."

"Time is the most valuable commodity people can give," Herman said. "When someone trusts us with the free time they have, we will respond with outstanding beer and a phenomenal experience,” said Herman.

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