Microbrewers show interest in North St. Paul

A set of local beer aficionados have expressed interest in expanding their enterprise to include a tap room and microbrewery, and North St. Paul is one of the lucky cities that have piqued their interest.

The individuals, whose names could not be disclosed, toured two downtown locations in Stillwater in addition to two facilities in North St. Paul—space subleased from Aetrium on Helen Street and a building near the Gateway State Trail on 2nd Street.

Economic Development Director Paul Ammerman said that the brewers are looking for about 10,000-13,000 square feet of leased space that has “visibility and easy access.”

Ammerman says that they hope the brewery will become somewhat of a tourist attraction in the area. Stillwater, known for its tourism, is already home to two breweries and two vineyards.

“Breweries are getting to be more of a destination,” he said. “Once word gets out it could be a pretty popular place.”

After touring the sites, the hopeful business owners will consider site characteristics, operating costs and marketing potential before making a decision, hopefully within the next month or so, Ammerman explained.

“What we’ve heard from residents is quite positive,” Ammerman said. “Especially with the car shows on the weekends…they could work off each other quite well. Plus, it could be good for getting people in (the city) during the week.”

Ammerman added that the city had another similar inquiry about a brewery a few months ago, but that business decided to open a location in St. Paul instead.

— Johanna Holub

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