Wild Mind Artisan Ales to focus on sours & traditional European brewing methods

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Wild Mind Artisan Ales’ space in south Minneapolis // Photo via Wild Mind’s Facebook page

Wild Mind Artisan Ales, a new brewery eyeing a late spring or early summer opening, is hoping to bring a little slice of the Belgian countryside to south Minneapolis.

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According to a press release, Wild Mind will predominantly produce wild, sour, farmhouse, saison, and rustic ales in the traditional European method: through barrel aging and blending, which produces beers with rich, deep, complex flavors. Roughly 75 percent of their beer will be aged in oak barrels in their temperature- and humidity-controlled wood cellar, in the manner of traditional Belgian breweries. Most of the beer from their cellar will eventually be blended with other barrels to create depth and uniformity. In addition to their wild-fermented ales, they will also feature cider, mead and the occasional pale ale and stout on tap.

All of their beers will be brewed with wild Minnesotan yeast cultured from around the state by their head brewer—strains harvested from St. Paul and northern Minnesota from multiple wild fruit bushes, trees and wildflowers.

The brewery is the brainchild of Mat Waddell, who comes from a long line of brewers and distillers. His great-grandparents were farmhouse bootleggers, and the tradition has been passed down through generations of the Waddell family. Mat has been brewing at home and professionally for seven years and holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The development and building ownership team is completed by Jason Sandquist and Tylor Johnson of BridgeSquare Capital.

The Wild Mind Artisan Ales taproom will open in late spring or summer at 6031 Pillsbury Ave S in Minneapolis just north of the Interstate 35W/Highway 62 exchange and feature a custom wood cellar viewable to the public, a large outdoor beer garden and a modern yet warm feel. Upon opening, the tap list will initially showcase farmhouse, saison, and rustic style beers along with rotating cider and mead taps. They plan to release their first sours several months after the taproom opens.

Stay tuned for more updates as Wild Mind gets closer to opening and check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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