Spiral Brewery bringing Hastings’ brewing history full circle

Spiral Brewery team (L to R): Co-president Nick Fox, Jen Fox, brewer Luke McGuire, Claire Standahl, and co-president Amy Fox // Photo via Spiral Brewery's Twitter

Spiral Brewery team (L to R): Co-president Nick Fox, Jen Fox, brewer Luke McGuire, Claire Standahl, and co-president Amy Fox // Photo via Spiral Brewery’s Twitter

The brewing history of Hastings, Minnesota, is a long and storied one, dating back to 1856. But the town, situated on the Mississippi River just 20 miles south of St. Paul, hasn’t had a functioning brewery since Prohibition shuttered Hastings Brewing Company in 1918. Now, a team of five entrepreneurs are bringing brewing back to town this summer with the opening of Spiral Brewery.

Co-founders, and husband and wife duo, Nick and Amy Fox are Hastings natives and have been working on starting the brewery for the past three years with Nick’s sister, Jen Fox. Along the way, they brought on board two local homebrewers, Claire Standahl and Luke McGuire, who were also interested in opening a brewery.

Together the five have secured a downtown location for the brewery and taproom (111 East Second Street), raised all of their capital, and have ordered brewing equipment. The name, Spiral Brewery, is a nod to the historic Spiral Bridge that stretched across the river into Hastings. If all goes to plan, the team expects to open the doors to their brewery this summer, with McGuire helming the brewhouse.

Stay tuned for more information about Spiral Brewery in The Growler’s Now Open (Or Damn Close) column.