Lake Monster will join Bang Brewing, Urban Growler, and Burning Brothers in what is turning into a bit of a “brewing district” in the former industrial neighborhood along Saint Paul’s central corridor near its intersection with highway 280.
“We’ve been very happy with the quality of beers and the growth of our brand under our current brewing arrangement, but the plan has always been to build our own brewery in the Twin Cities,” said Lake Monster Brewing Founder and President Matt Zanetti in a press release today. “We are very excited to be partnering with First & First on this project creating a home for Lake Monster in Saint Paul.”
The developers, First & First, are responsible for developing other dynamic properties such as Icehouse Plaza at 26th and Nicollet, The Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis (which house 612BREW), and the Aria event center in Saint Paul.
Lake Monster will be the first tenant at the new site, known as the Vandalia Tower complex. The building is the former home of the King Koil mattress factory, and sits on 5.5 acres at 550 Vandalia Street just north of Interstate 94 and south of University Avenue where the new Central corridor light rail will connect Minneapolis and St. Paul. Twin Citians might recognize the old water tower at the site, perched just north of Interstate 94 at the Cretin/Vandalia exit.
“First & First is ecstatic over Lake Monster choosing their Vandalia Tower project for the home of their brewery and taproom,” said Carrie Van Slooten, leasing manager for First & First. “The Vandalia Tower project is shaping up to be a dynamic and exciting transformation of the former King Koil Mattress factory. The development, located in the Creative Enterprise Zone, promises to be transformational and innovative for Saint Paul. The buildings decadent architecture and patina will make this one of the most unique and interesting taprooms anywhere. We can’t wait to raise a Lake Monster brew in Vandalia Tower!”
Though behind Minneapolis in terms of volume and frequency in the recent wave of brewery openings, Saint Paul has made a recent push towards relevancy as a destination for for craft beer drinkers. “Brewing is continuing to boom in Saint Paul and I congratulate Lake Monster on joining this diverse and growing industry in our city,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “I look forward to celebrating with Lake Monster when they open next year.”