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Nostalgic Beer Returns With A New St. Paul Pub

Yoerg Brewing will open a Bavarian pub this fall

An original tap handle from Yoerg’s Beer
Yoerg’s Brewing / Facebook

Yoerg Brewing Co. was Minnesota’s first commercial brewery and had shut down in 1952. Now, the historic beer is being brewed again on Wabasha Street in St. Paul. Owners Carol Minogue and Thomas Keim bought the trademark and tapped Octopi Brewing in Waunakee, Wisconsin to produce the steam-brewed lager. Now, after years of searching for the perfect location, Keim and Minogue are hoping for a fall opening of a new nanobrewery and pub in St. Paul’s West Side.

The building is less than a mile from where the original brewery stood. The location at 427 Wabasha Street sat empty for a quarter of a century and needed significant renovations. The new owners have been working diligently on restoration efforts for the pub, brewery and a spacious patio out back.

Everything inside the new pub is influenced by days gone by.
Yoerge Brewing/ Facebook

Everything on site has a little Bavarian influence from the beer to the food. Eight beers will be brewed on site including the flagship steam lager, pilsners and bocks. The bar will also serve around 30 European wines. The food menu channels a St. Paul neighborhood bar of the 1940’s. It includes pickled eggs, beef jerky, extra dark pretzels, pizzas from Giovanni’s in Brainerd roasted in the shell peanuts. and a Yoerg's Sandwich. That’s a polish sausage, dill pickle spear, Swiss cheese and mustard served between two slices of rye bread.

Yoerg’s expects to be open some time this fall.

The site for the new pub.
Yoerg Brewing Co./website

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