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The time has finally come. Bauhaus Brew Labs is opening its doors to the public on Friday July 18th, 2014. We've spent countless months, days, and hours building our wunderland, and we can't wait to share it with you all! 

We have been doing our best to put your ideas to work as we build the taproom. One of the ideas we are most excited to see is a massive “Beer It Forward” board that allows drinkers to gift a beer to a friend or random stranger, and also holds daily challenges for free beer. Trivia, karaoke and live music will add to the list of taproom activities, making our Brewing Wünderland truly unlike any other taproom in the Twin Cities.

We will be pouring three of our four core offerings: Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner, Wagon Party West Cöast Style Lager, and Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier. The Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA will debut in the coming weeks.  The beers are tasting exceptional, and each subsequent brew has been better than the last as we continue to dial in the brew process.   

Bauhaus Brew Labs will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 3 to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. Local food trucks will also be on-site to compliment the brews.  


Howdy, Beer Fans!

If you've been following along for the past few weeks, then you know that (1) our Kickstarter project is currently underway (and based on the overwhelming support of our backers, future taproom awesomeness is just around the corner!), and (2) we received our shiny new brewhouse vessels from our equipment manufacturer in Canada, eh. Well, we're happy to report that the brewhouse utility work is nearly complete, and we may be ready to brew actual beer any minute now. Getting to this point has been almost two years in the making, and it's really exciting to be so close to opening day. 

"If you're so close to opening, why don't you announce an official opening date – what the hosen is taking so long?!"  Well friends, despite our best laid plans, we're finding ourselves in the same position that so many new breweries find themselves in: this process always takes longer (and costs more) than you ever imagined.

The reasons for the lengthy startup phase have to do with getting approval to brew from regulators and finishing brewery construction. Alcoholic beverage production is one of the most highly regulated industries imaginable; virtually every level of government (federal, state, local, etc.) has a hand on our schnitzel. You may have heard other new breweries talk about getting their "TTB" number, which is a significant licensing milestone for any new brewery. The TTB is the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, which is an arm of the U.S. Treasury. As onerous as the process of getting a TTB number can be, it's practically a cakewalk compared to all of the state and local hoops that new breweries have to jump through in order to become fully licensed and operational.

Here at Bauhaus, we have our TTB number, and we just recently got our state brewer's license. Our city taproom and growler licenses are in the works, and we are awaiting final approval from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. "Wait, you guys aren't farmers – you're brewers, right?!" Right you are, observant one. But Minnesota treats breweries in the same manner as it does food processing plants (think meat packing facilities or dairies), and those types of businesses are regulated primarily by the Department of Agriculture. As you would expect, this can be a cumbersome endeavor, and it frequently results in several changes that have to be made to the brewery/taproom floor plan, surface coverings/coatings or other miscellaneous items in order to be in compliance. We recently met with the inspector from the Department of Agriculture, and we're doing our darndest to get the brewery up to snuff.

In the meantime, we're riding herd on our trades to finish up with brewery construction. After all of this is done, we get one final golden ticket from the city: our certificate of occupancy. Once we have this, all of you beautiful beer people can waltz through our doors.

So, hang in there beer fans. We know you're champing at the bit to see what we've been cooking up for you's – it won't be long now!

Kickstartin' it up!

May 01, 2014 – 0 Comments

We can safely say that kickstarter has by far exceeded our wilder dreams in the last 24 hours. The incredible outpouring of support is just plain mind blowing. We're happier than Bob Ross on a breezy summer day! Thank you again for laughing along with us and jumping on the bändwagon.  Watch the video again, and keep sharing! Stay tuned, we have LOTS more surprises in store for you fine folks!  And don't forget to light up the comments section of our kickstarter page with your best tap room ideas.  Once we reach our goal we can start honing in on our favorites as stretch goals! Cheers, amigos!

When [lager] beer is properly understood it will at once be regarded as one of the most beneficent agencies now at work in for the regeneration of society. - Editor of the St. Paul Advertiser, "The Lager-Bier-ization of America," published in 1858.

"So, what's your thing?" As a new brewery opening in a flourishing craft beer market, we get this question a lot. To be honest, we didn't set out to have a "thing," but we wound up with one anyway. Call it a happy accident. The short answer is that we brew the kind of beer we love to drink: refreshing, sessionable, interesting beer. It just so happens that the beers we love to drink are mostly lagers. This is why three out of our four core beers are lager beers. And why not? Not only are they delicious and drinkable, but their roots are right here in Minnesota thanks to some crafty German settlers.

The Twin Cities, and Minnesota in general, were the adopted home of a multitude of German immigrants in the Nineteenth Century. Many of these German expats were beer drinkers and brewers. These brewers had refined the use of bottom-fermenting lager yeast, sourced in South America a century earlier, which combined with lighter-roasted barley and more floral German hops to produce a distinctively drier, lighter-colored malt beverage far more suitable to warmer climates.

The German word "lager" means "to store": lager yeast performs best when fermented over extended periods of time in cold storage between 46-55 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the reason you don't see many craft lagers these days: they take longer to ferment, which makes them more costly to brew. In this incredible craft beer climate that has many breweries cranking out beer at or near production capacity, not many smaller breweries have the time or the space to focus on lagers.

Today, lager beer is the most widely consumed type of beer in the a long shot. Unfortunately, the style most people associate with modern lager beer is the pale, "world lager" style (think Bud, Miller, Coors, etc.), which is known for its exceptionally light color, body and flavor. But lager beer can be, and has historically been, just as varied and as flavorful as any ale. German black lager (aka Schwarzbier), California Common and India Pale Lager (an experimental lager style currently produced by a handful of American craft breweries) are prime examples of the variety available in lager beer.

Here at Bauhaus Brew Labs, we take classic lager styles that we love so well, and skew them a bit with our sense of play and adventure. We like to think that we're re-imagining certain lager styles for a new era of lager drinkers. We call this approach "forward drinking," and it inspires and informs everything we brew. We're here to bring a new kind of lager beer to the Cities that put lagers on the map.

See you soon, Twin Cities!


March 31, 2014, Minneapolis, MN - A new destination brewery/taproom is opening in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis’ Brew District. At Bauhaus Brew Labs, beer fans will be able to enjoy uniquely crafted, German-inspired beers with a focus on lagers – lighter brews that don’t rely on heaviness for flavor. With these sessionable beers, Bauhaus is looking to become not just another taproom, but a gathering place for friends and family to share stories, ideas, revelry and excitement.

Bauhaus itself is truly a family endeavor, built slowly over years of laughter-filled weekends and holidays full of beers brewed specifically for each occasion. In the fall of 2012, Bauhaus’ founding family made the decision to share their world with others. The company took shape after embracing the tenets of the Bauhaus movement of early 20th-century Germany: blurring the line between work and play while celebrating the joy of art and craft in everyday life.

Focusing on brewing flavorful, intriguing, “forward-drinking” beers, Bauhaus crafts imaginative and unexpected interpretations of iconic beer styles with a primary focus on lagers. President and Head Brewer Matt Schwandt explains, “A lot of the craft lagers available today are very traditional. Bauhaus is looking beyond tradition to reimagine classic lager styles and give them new life. We want to expose beer fans to a whole new kind of lager beer.” With the help of Helms Workshop out of Austin, TX, the Bauhaus visual identity also looks beyond tradition in craft beer.

Among Bauhaus’ core offerings are Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner, Wagon Party West Cöast Style Lager and Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier. Rounding out Bauhaus’ initial lineup is Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA, a full-flavored ale that fuses German and British base malts with experimental hop varieties from around the globe. This rambunctious bunch of beers is the result of intense creativity and an exacting scientific approach that Bauhaus has developed over the years.

The brewery’s 2,000-square-foot taproom, with a future patio area of equal size, will be more than just a place that pours Bauhaus beer. “We’re building a taproom filled with energy and excitement,” says Vice President Lydia Haines. “One night, you might find three of the founders rocking on stage in the Haus band, Viva Knievel, or random strangers coming together on a Rick Astley duet during karaoke night.” Haines adds, “We also want beer fans to be a part of creating the space that they play in, to be involved every step of the way. There will be a big opportunity to do that in the coming weeks.”

In addition to its taproom and future patio, the company has its eyes on production and distribution. “The four Bauhaus core beers will be available to bars and restaurants right out of the gate,” says Schwandt. “We’ll be rolling out twelve-ounce cans around mid-summer.”

“Our brewery is really just an extension of who we are and all the things we love to do as a family," Schwandt adds. "We’re proud and excited to open our doors, share our work and watch it become your brewery as well.”


Located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis’ Brew District, Bauhaus Brew Labs is a craft brewery founded in 2012 by a family of musicians, scientists, artists and above all, beer lovers. At its core, Bauhaus is about experiencing the joy of art and craft in everyday life. The brewery takes a unique look at iconic beer styles with a focus on lagers, skewed slightly by a sense of play and adventure.