St. Paul’s newest brewery released Migration into the market last week, at DeGidio’s Restaurant & Bar, just in time for patio season. This rose hip-infused brew is a more sessionable offering than we’re used to seeing from this particular brewery; and that was evident as even light beer drinkers were requesting it at the bar. The guys behind Bad Weather (Joe Giambruno and Zac Carpenter) are still hoping to open their new taproom this summer — pending the arrival of their equipment. They plan to have 5-6 brews available on tap by the time they open. One of which, will be an IPA that they are currently piloting.
The Bad Weather crew also went out and got themselves a head brewer, but they didn’t have to look very far. The duo hired Andy Ruhland, who had previously worked on their recipes at Lucid where the breweries shared a space. Andy gushed about his experience working with Lucid, but is excited to start at the new St. Paul brewery. “It’s been a natural transition. I’ve known them for over 3 years. The transition has been seamless,” says Ruhland. The hiring process had been in the works for a while prior to the announcement back in March. “When I was first approached the timeline was supposed to be much shorter. We talked about it last summer and wanted to give Lucid plenty of time [to find a replacement].”
The brewery itself is coming along nicely with a fresh coat of black paint on the exterior and a mega, walk-in cooler, which was just delivered last week. Food menus from local restaurants will be available at the taproom so guests can order in food. They also hope to have a shuttle to take people to and from Wild games during hockey season. For those looking for jobs in the industry, Bad Weather plans on hiring 20 or so employees by the end of 2015 to assist in their taproom. Not a bad gig if you can get it.