If you are a regular around downtown Minneapolis, perhaps you’ve already noticed a new neighbor.
Now, they’re announcing their presence to everyone else.
Clockwerks Brewing will be hosting its grand opening on Saturday (Nov. 12) at the tap room’s fresh digs on the edge of the warehouse district, about a month and a half after quietly opening at 25 4th St. N.
“We just wanted to work out the kinks, make sure everything is running right,” co-owner Brett Michlitsch said (pictured above, left), noting he used the extra time to build more reserves of beer. “Get on our feet a little bit.”
Now that they feel they have, they’re aiming to make a bigger splash. Clockwerks specializes in session-style beers – which, they had to inform us, are “drinkable, flavorful but not overpowering” brews – with a German alt, an extra special bitter (ESB), an extra pale ale (EPA), a Belgian witbier, a Bohemian rye Pilsner and a Kölsch all on tap.
“They are mostly traditional recipes that we are fond of or have tried to kind of resurrect, I guess,” partner Lonnie Manresa (pictured below and above, right) said.
The brewpub is housed in a 3,000-square foot space in a former warehouse, most recently City Billiards, with 14-foot ceilings and a 20-person bar. There is also a nod to the past: a pool table.
“It’s classy and dark and welcoming,” Manresa said. “It’s kind of sexy. It’s been consistently busier every week as it progresses.”
Next week, they’ll be adding a mini kitchen as well for charcuterie plates and paninis.
And don’t tell them that they’re only the 600th brewery to open this month.
“There is plenty of room for growth,” Manresa said. “We don’t see saturation being an issue.”
(Photos courtesy of Clockwerks.)