MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 2023) – Kraus-Anderson Construction has begun a $2 million renovation of Modist Brewing Company located at 505 North 3rd Street in the Minneapolis warehouse district.
Designed by Perkins&Will, the 7,000-square-foot renovation of Modist’s existing North Loop building features a buildout of its event space and adds new offices and a brewing lab for staff.
The spirited atmosphere of the new event space reflects Modist’s commitment to community and equity, while displaying the creativity and innovation of the Minneapolis brewer. Detached from the existing tap room, the renovation of the existing brick industrial building features a flexible, two-story event space. The renovation also includes a pre-function bar and waiting area.
Modist’s focus on staff wellness sets a new standard for team members by refreshing the back of house with natural light, attractive views and an abundant open space to foster creativity and push the boundaries of brewing innovation. The new immersive event space visually opens to the existing state-of-the-art brew house through full-height glass, spanning the entire length of the space.
The brewer’s playful design language expresses a bold and experimental material pallet that aligns with Modist’s philosophy. The glitter concrete floor, large murals, dichroic glass, and mirrored ceilings with mounted neon fixtures help to provide the warehouse district community with a unique celebration space.
“Our team intentionally involved various user groups to build a North Loop modern, tricked-out, punk rock- and chic-designed event space to be welcoming and inclusive of many communities and uses,” said Daniel Paul Willendorf, owner of Modist Brewing Company. “Group gatherings of all kinds are back, and this will be a community space perfectly suited for a corporate presentation, happy hour, a wedding party or to take your dog’s birthday party to the next level.”
The design and construction processes are also rooted in a commitment to equity with both the access and enjoyment of the space.
“Contractor Kraus-Anderson (KA) is working in partnership with Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) contractor J. Benson as part of KA’s multi-year mentoring relationship with the certified BIPOC-owned firm, recently named Minnesota Associated General Contractors’ Diverse Business of the Year,” said Angelique Lisboa, Modist’s HR and DEI facilitator. “The partnership allows Modist to bring local minority builders to the project.”
KA has been working with Modist for more than a year of preconstruction planning to prevent the disruption of ongoing business in the existing building during construction.
Construction is expected to be completed in mid-July 2023.
About Modist Brewing Company
Based in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minn., Modist Brewing Company opened in April of 2016 aiming to push past traditional brewing to create unconventional beers through unconstrained experimentation. Utilizing the region’s only mash filter-powered brewing system, Modist has risen to become one of Minnesota’s most well-recognized and fastest-growing breweries. In its brief history, Modist has received numerous awards, including the Best New Brewery in Minnesota by Growler Magazine; Beer Advocate’s list of “The 50 Best Breweries in the United States; Most Innovative Brewery by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild; and was recently named one of Brewhound’s Rising Stars of 2022. For more information, visit www.modistbrewing.com