The northwestern corner of Minnesota is getting a brewery.
Revelation Ale Works, which hopes to open by early to mid-February, will be one of the first breweries to open in Minnesota this year, and will make Hallock one of the smallest towns in the state to have its own brewery.
And Hallock, which has fewer than 1,000 people, is excited. Brothers Ryan and Josh Evenson told GoMN that as they renovated the 1939 service station, people would stop in and tell them how excited they were that someone is saving the historic building and bringing a new business into town.
"The community support has been spectacular," Ryan Evenson said.
That's the type of brewery and taproom the Evernons are hoping to be. They say it's family-friendly, so people won't have to worry about getting a babysitter.
There will be things for kids to do, like play arcade games. And there won't just be beer (more on that below) – Revelation will have homemade root beer and kombucha for sale as well.
The Evensons' focus on the local community goes all the way to their beers.
Revelation plans to have six core beers on tap: a pale ale, a Belgian wheat ale, an IPA, a stout, a brown ale, and a red rye ale – the rye for that beer is grown 6 miles away at the Far North Spirits distillery.
They'll also do smaller, experimental batches that'll be "funkier" than the standard stuff.
They also don't have to worry about selling a beer they're "not in love with" just to pay the bills, Ryan Evenson said. They don't have much overhead thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and inexpensive real estate, so they can focus on making great beer and not worrying about bills.
And in about five years, they hope to use all locally grown hops in their brews. Ryan Evenson and his wife started Red River Hops in 2015, and they think over the next few years enough people will be growing hops in the area they'll be able to meet their needs.
Revelation also plans to use its beer to give back to the community. A portion of every pint that's sold of the red rye ale (it'll probably have a name that has to do with a firetruck) will be given to the volunteer fire department and local emergency responders in Hallock.
Where you can buy it
Revelation's ales will be available in the taproom and in growlers (they're working on getting Hallock to change the city ordinance to allow Sunday growler sales).
The brewery also has plans to distribute in northwestern Minnesota. They have verbal agreements with bars, restaurants and a chain of liquor stores within a 150-mile radius from Hallock – so as long as the beer "tastes decent," it'll be on tap in bigger markets like Grand Forks, Fargo and Thief River Falls, among others, Ryan Evenson says.