Interview with LynLake Brewery Head Brewer Joel Carlson

Lynlake Brewery is set to open in south Minneapolis

After months of construction, Lynlake Brewery is set to open in south Minneapolis this Friday on Lyndale Avenue, just north of Lake Street. The new brewery now occupies the freshly renovated Theater Antiques Building.

LynLake brewing operations is helmed by brewer Joel Carlson. Joel will lead Justin Skyberg and Lee Ankrum, his band of bearded brewing brethren. Together, they will use of the 10-barrel DME brewhouse to fill their 6 10-barrel fermentors and 3 bright tanks with Minnesota craft beer. Their plan is to brew twice a week during the first year, pushing out about 1,000 barrels to the 88-seat taproom and surrounding venues.

“We’re going to keep this neighborhood supplied and happy,” said Joel Carlson, LynLake Head Brewer.

Joel has been brewing for about 7 years, he isn’t just some geek off the street. He has spend time at the famed Great Waters Brewpub in beautiful downtown Saint Paul, as well as the Boathouse in Ely, MN. Most recently he spent time at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery.

Photo Credit: Photo provided by LynLake Brewery

As Head Brewer Joel is taking the experience gained at these breweries and putting it use, giving LynLake Brewery an identity all its own. He is looking forward to brewing a variety of beer styles. Brewery patrons can look forward to enjoying a big bold IPA, Sottish Amber, Stout, Single-Hop Pale Ales, and one-off seasonal releases. Once brewery operations normalize and capacity increases, Joel says he will begin a barrel-aging program and begin producing lagers.

The taproom will be a place for neighbors to gather and enjoy a beer without the noise or distraction of overhead TV’s. It features a wraparound bar with a bicycle rim sculpture hanging from ceiling. LynLake Brewery won’t be bringing foodrucks in. Rather, they will partner with neighboring brick-and-mortar restaurants to provide Minnesota craft beer lovers with some edible options.

Look for PonyBoy Gold Ale (Stay gold, Pony Boy!) and Rubbish Oat Amber Ale to be on this weekend when they open the brewery doors for the first time at 4pm on Friday, Oct 10th. It isn’t clear if the cask engines or the nitro taps are up and running yet, but those are going to be there at some point. The rooftop patio and serving station isn’t ready for “prime time” either, but who cares with all the chilly weather we have been having.

For all the details on the brewery opening upcoming news follow LynLake Brewery on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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Friday — Saturday
2pm — 12am

LynLake Brewery
2934 Lyndale Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN — 55408
(612) 326-1999



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