Wabasha Brewing opening downstairs taproom, expanding brewery upstairs

Wabasha Brewing's new taproom // Photo by Aaron Davidson

Wabasha Brewing’s new taproom // Photo by Aaron Davidson

“This space was made for a bar,” says Chris Kolve, showcasing the original floors, brickwork, and tin ceiling of the new Wabasha Brewing Company taproom, directly downstairs from their old space. A bar runs the length of a room that seats roughly 60, and an outdoor patio presents another 20 seats. There is more room for customers, he says, and more room for beer. The old taproom had six tap lines while the new room features 12, a sign there are many more brew days ahead for the young brewery.

Wabasha had been pouring pints in the small upstairs room (with a capacity of approximately 30) via a back door entrance while construction took place in the newly opened space.

Previously open Thursday through Sunday, Wabasha’s taproom will now open Wednesdays as well. Demand had required them to be closed to the public to ensure three brew days in their small upstairs space. As the taproom has relocated to the main level, the brewhouse is quickly expanding with two fermenters on order and storage seeping into the original taproom. With more room for brewhouse, Wabasha can brew daily if needed, allowing for more seasonal and one-off beers as they grow.

A grand opening is being planned for September 21–25, Kolve says, releasing special beers throughout the week and culminating on Saturday, September 24.

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