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Omni Brewing Co. Brings the Craft Brew Scene to Minneapolis Northwest

“We’re so glad you’re here.” That’s the refrain Justin Walsh, co-owner of Omni Brewing Co. in Maple Grove, keeps hearing from excited customers. People have been flocking from all over the metro to visit the first microbrewery in Minneapolis Northwest, which opened in September 2015. They are excited to finally have craft beer in their own neighborhood.

“We’re so glad you’re here.” That’s the refrain Justin Walsh, co-owner of Omni Brewing Co. in Maple Grove, keeps hearing from excited customers. People have been flocking from all over the metro to visit the first microbrewery in Minneapolis Northwest, which opened in September 2015. They are excited to finally have craft beer in their own neighborhood.

Different than some taprooms on the local craft brew scene, Omni’s focus is on offering something for everyone, not just the hop heads. Their purpose is to be a place for beer snobs and passive beer drinkers alike. The word ‘omni’ means all, or every, and that’s what Omni Brewing is all about. It is important to the owners that their brewery is a relaxed, neighborhood-like taproom where there’s something for everyone and everybody feels comfortable. “We want people to feel like they’re hanging out in their garage, having a beer with friends… if their garage was really cool and the beer was really good,” says Justin. The fact that Omni Brewing runs on solar power is just the cherry on top for the Twin Cities’ new favorite taproom.

Why did Omni choose Maple Grove? “We love craft beer, but got tired of having to drive into the city every weekend to get good beer,” said co-owner and head brewer, Zack Ward. Justin and Zack correctly surmised that they weren’t the only ones who felt this way. “We wanted something near where we live in the Northwest suburbs, so we thought why don’t we open a taproom and brewery here?”

OMNI Brewing taproom

Omni Brewing wasted no time getting started. From the day they got approval from the City of Maple Grove, it took them less than 100 days to get up and running. Located in a former Schwan’s distribution center, much of the necessary infrastructure was already in place for beer production. However, they needed to renovate the space for a taproom and build the bar.

Omni’s successful Kickstarter campaign is further evidence of the demand for a craft brewery in Minneapolis Northwest. 436 backers pledged $47,000 to help make the taproom a reality. Wildly exceeding Omni’s expectations, that kind of support was virtually unheard of on Kickstarter for a Twin Cities microbrewery. Backers and beer enthusiasts turned up in droves opening weekend, and they’ve been coming back ever since. Zack and Justin have already started looking ahead. Omni’s future plans include getting at least 8 taps on rotation, starting a volunteer group, and eventually getting their beer into area bars and restaurants.