New brewpub opening in Eagan

Union 32 Crafthouse will have 32-tap, self-pour wall

Photo by Andy Rogers
The Union 32 Crafthouse plans to open next month at 2864 Highway 55 in Eagan.

The buzz is brewing for Union 32 Crafthouse coming to northeastern Eagan.

The brewpub put a “coming soon” sign on its future home last week at 2864 Highway 55 in Eagan.

Minnesota will be heavily represented at Union 32 Crafthouse, hence the name.

Minnesota was the 32nd state to join the union.

They’ll be serving craft beers, wines, ciders and spirits from the land of 10,000 lakes.

“We’re celebrating all the crafts of Minnesota,” owner Dan Redpath said.

Patrons will receive their beer in a unique way as well. The Minnesota brews will be available along a 32-tap, self-pour wall.

When customers arrive, if they want a beer, they’re carded, and then set up an account to receive a prepaid card, which allows access to the taps.

“You have to put a card in the slot for beer to come out of the taps,” Redpath said. “You pay by the ounce, so if you want to try one and pour a few ounces before you make a choice, you can.”

There will be an employee manning the taps to answer questions and to make sure they’re being used appropriately.

They got the idea from places in San Diego, Chicago, Portland and Denver.

“Nobody is doing the self-pour beer wall in the Twin Cities,” Redpath said. “Because we’re celebrating the craft of Minnesota, we’re getting a great response so far from brewers and distilleries. We’re trying to team up and give other breweries an outlet. We want to be a place where people check to see each week what we have on tap.”

Union 32 Crafthouse will also have between four and six of its own beers on tap at any given time. They figure to have an India pale ale, Altbier and Kölsch along with a saison and stout.

“We’re going to try to have seasonals as well,” Redpath said.

While most taprooms in the Twin Cities don’t serve food on site, a food truck is often in the parking lot.

Union 32 Crafthouse will maintain that same spirit.

“We’re bringing the food truck concept inside,” Redpath said. “Our kitchen will look like a food truck. You order food at the food truck window and runners will bring you your food. We’re going to have 17-19 items on the menu. We’ll rotate things regularly, but it will have pub favorites like appetizers, flatbread, burgers and sandwiches.”

There will also be a full bar for mixed drinks and wine from local distilleries and wineries.
The 77,000-square-foot brewpub will be open near the new Minnesota Vikings headquarters, which “is exciting and creating a lot of buzz,” Redpath said.

Redpath said they didn’t necessarily choose the location because of their future neighbors.

They began negotiations with their landlord before the Vikings officially announced their intentions. Redpath felt that part of Eagan near Mendota Heights was under-served.

It has great viability and enough space for their concept, Redpath said.

Unless the Viking hold training camp at their new location, Redpath isn’t sure what affect it will have on the Union 32 Crafthouse.

The Vikings facility is planning to host high school and college athletic events.

“I think we’ll be a great option when they come through,” Redpath said.

It’s been an adventure for Redpath and his crew.

He has three partners including David Moeller, Mark Zesbaugh and Curt Hoffman. They met when their children attended school together at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School.

Redpath said they hope to open in early June. Everything is on schedule, they’re just waiting for the permits.

“Everything is in motion,” Redpath said. “I think we have a unique concept and we’re excited to bring it to Eagan.”