Eagan to get $1.2M beer hall across road from upscale outlet mall

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A craft brewery is looking to tap into the success of the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets mall in Eagan by opening a beer hall across the road.

Bald Man Brewing Co. announced Tuesday its application to open an 11,357 square-foot brewery and taproom on the opposite side of Highway 13 from the upscale outlet mall was passed by the Eagan City Council.

About two-thirds of that space will be taken up by the microbrewery, which will produce beer that can be sampled in a 170-seat taproom that also has a music stage, as well as an outdoor patio with up t0 60 seats, according to the application.

The Business Journal reports that the beer hall is expected to cost around $1.2 million and is expected to open in summer 2016.

It notes that it's not the only "high-ticket brewing operation" looking to open in the south metro, with a $1 million beer hall called Nutmeg being planned for Burnsville.

It follows a year in which popular Minnesota brewer Surly opened its $34 million "destination brewery" in northeast Minneapolis, which featured a 100-seat restaurant and outdoor patio area.

The explosion in craft breweries in Minnesota shows no signs of stopping, which WCCO puts down partly to a change in state law in 2011 that allowed brewers to set up taprooms where they could sell their own brews.

The Business Journal notes that Bald Man Brewing has specialty brews including porters, stouts, and American craft styles such as India Pale Ales and blond beers. Its beer hall is expected to have 9-10 taps.

"We are extremely excited to be in a community with such a progressive city council and administration," the brewery said on its Facebook page, with special mention going to council member Paul Bakken whose "support of the micro-brewing industry...opened the door for our craft brewing to be a part of this great community."

Bakken wasn't at Monday's council meeting, with Bald Man saying he was attending a Mars Research Project in Utah, but still found time to welcome the brewery to the city with this mocked up photo.

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