Able Seedhouse + Brewery, started by “a few guys who decided at an early age that they wanted to make things together,” according to founder Casey Holley, is now open and crafting beer in the Logan Park neighborhood of the Northeast Arts District in Minneapolis, MN. “We hope to drive attention to our small grains grower and farmer network, and highlight upper midwest grains,” he adds.
The 10,000-square-foot operation is set in a 1915 building formerly used as a lightbulb manufacturing plant for General Electric, and later a service garage for the City of Minneapolis Public Schools where maintenance was performed on its fleet of vehicles. Yellow parking stripes on the concrete floor remain from that era. The historic space also offers high ceilings for vertical growth potential, a large production area, and proximity to a strong brewing community. To transform the factory into a proper taproom, Casey brought Hank Butitta on board to refine his vision for including local materials and manufacturers, and seeking out high-contrast opportunities with lighting. “We tried to focus on the beauty in the negative spaces,” Casey explains, “As well as creating thoughtful and impactful moments for our guests as they enter the space and engage with the product. Our goal, with our beer and our space, is to try to capture a time and a moment.”
The resulting design employs simple forms to frame existing original elements of the structure, while adding warmth and personality to the rough surfaces. Defining the material palette early on in the process inspired a cohesive design across individual zones. Casey remains grateful for the opportunity to see his dream carried out. “I’m thankful for the team that put it together, and getting to spend nine months of hard work together every day to capture an ethos,” he says. “I’m most thankful for that time.” —Annie