Inbound BrewCo/North Loop Brew Co
701 N. 5th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401
Brewery, Taproom, food-truck
Phone: (612) 615-8243
The brewery started out as Lucid Brewing located in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. As they prepared to move the brewery from the suburbs to Minneapolis's North Loop, the makers of Lucid Absinthe Supérieure began exporting their absinthe to the US and notified Lucid Brewing of potential trademark issues. Thus, the brewery became the North Loop Brew Co and the taproom became InBound BrewCo.
I've been here several times. Today I'm here mid-afternoon, mid-week. The taproom is in a re-purposed recycling facility and with 12,000 square feet of space it fits a crowd. Its bright. Floor to ceiling windows line the north east and south east walls and large bay doors open in the summer to provide air flow. The brew house is on the north west side behind the bar. A shop area where you can purchase swag, crowlers and growlers is next to the bar. Total seating is around 250. The walk around bar can seat 35. Its German beer hall style seating in the middle with a row of 4 2' x 2' x 8' wood beams suspended by wires from the ceiling and anchored to the floor appear to float. They can seat about 50. Next 2 rows of long tables that use the same beams for benches seat close to 140 and a series of smaller tables and stools along the walls provide the rest of the seating. In decent weather the outdoor patio can accommodate another 50. A food truck usually shows up by late afternoon and there is often live music on the weekends.
Mid-week, mid-afternoon I am sitting at a table along the wall by the patio, 2 young millennial women sit in a corner with their 2 greyhounds, 3 business looking millennial guys sit at one end of the bar, a gen-x couple sits behind me with their friendly puppy, and behind them is a young couple with a baby. A couple of boomer men share a pint at one of the wooden beam tables. Music is contemporary - a nice mix and not too loud. They have 30 tap lines and right now they are offering 21 different beers and a craft soda. They offer a variety of styles that should suit most tastes, including lighter, easy to drink beer, dark beers, funky beers, and hoppy beers. Today, because I have to navigate home during rush hour I am sticking to lighter fare. I start with a Nola, then a Milk Stout on Nitro and finish with a Juicy Lucy. I buy an arm load of crowlers on the way out for later. My friend Gregg joins me and we also go through a couple of containers of pretzels. About 4:00 a Vito Lucco Pizza Company food truck sets up out in front, the people count has risen to 35 and the dog count to 6. It is a comfortable space - friendly and quiet in the afternoon and lively, loud and crowded in the evening and when the Twins are playing at home. The atmosphere is pleasant and the beer is good.