Badger Hill Brewing tours! Utilize the form below to sign up for our monthly brewery tour. We have enough room for 20 people and registration is first come first serve! Simply fill out the form below to reserve your spot.
- Tours are free and given the first Saturday of every month at 2p
- Tours last around 45 minutes, give or take 15 (depending upon size of group, questions, etc..)
- Meet at the brewery entrance near the taproom bar
- We will sample a beer or two on the tour but it is recommended to purchase a beer prior to bring with you
- Kid friendly, but we ask that you keep them very close due to the working environment
- A picture ID is required on the day of the tour
Badger Hill Brewing Company
Taproom Rental Information
During our open taproom hours– we welcome groups of any size! Bring your friends, order in some food and enjoy some cold beers. If you’re looking to rent the space privately- here is some more information.
Private Rental Hours:
Tuesday- 10a-3p (occasionally available for evening rental- ask us!)
Saturday- no private rentals
Sunday- 6p-11p (earlier available upon request)
Indoor Capacity: 100 seated, 120 standing
Patio Capacity: (weather permitting): 15 seated, 35 standing
Rental Fee (does not include cost of beer):
Staring at $150/hr, email email@example.com for more details.
Be sure to include set up and take down time in your rental length!
Four high community tables
Three round high top tables
Seven low square tables
High top chairs (up to 45)
Regular chairs (up to 19)
28ft bar space
12 rotating taplines
Two flat-screen TVs
Non-alcoholic soda selections
Piped in music (Pandora or other)
Patio space with three picnic tables (weather permitting)
Games including Cards Against Humanity, Giant Jenga, Cribbage and more!
Public parking access
Private Rental Details:
*Access to the bar and outside beer garden area (weather permitting) for your guests only
*Ample parking in lot outside of brewery
*Cost of beer and gratuity is not included in rental fee. A selection of pints, flights and growlers (to go only) are available for purchase. We can handle payment for beer many ways- open bar, cash bar, split the tab and more. Just ask!
*If you need linens, decorations or other items you must work with an outside party. You are not allowed to hang items from the structure. You may have items for decoration on tables, please no open flames.
*Soda is available for purchase. No outside beverages allowed.
*Our license only covers service of our beer- no wine, cider or other alcohol is allowed on premise.
*We do not provide food for rentals, however you may work with a caterer of your choice. We encourage you to support local. Food Trucks are an option- please speak to the event coordinator prior to booking a Food Truck.
*We require the rental fee to be paid by check in full to secure the space rental.
*Tours given, depending on availability and brewhouse schedule
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We can offer customized packages to suit your needs- just ask!
To reserve the space or if you have questions-
please email info@badgerhill brewingcompany.com
Badger Hill Brewing Company * 4571 Valley Industrial Boulevard S * Shakopee, MN * 55379
Shakopee, MN – June 6, 2017
Craft brewery Badger Hill Brewing has announced Chase Dutton has been promoted to the role of Head Brewer. Dutton has been Lead Brewer at Badger Hill since 2015 and was previously a brewer at Olde Saratoga Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY. He has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (2010, Georgia Institute of Technology/The University of Maryland) and is a graduate of the American Brewers Guild (2014).
Former Head Brewer Michael Koppelman will continue his involvement with Badger Hill as Chief Technology Officer. Said Koppelman, “Chase is the best brewer I know. He has earned the Head Brewer role by doing the work. I could not be more happy for myself, for Badger Hill and for all of our customers, who have already been experiencing the exacting work of Officer Chase Dutton or OCD as we jokingly call him.”
Says Dutton, “Driving an ever improving standard of quality at Badger Hill is something I am very passionate about and I am excited for the challenge of this next step in that mission. In these new roles and with a renewed focus on technology I think we are going to be able to accomplish some really cool things, and of course make some really great beer.”
Koppelman, who has a background in music and technology, sees the equipment and data behind the brewing process as a vital part of the craft. “A violinist can’t make art without a well-made violin. Our goal is to understand the dynamics of our brewing systems and processes so well that they don’t constrain the creative genius of our beer-crazy staff.” Badger Hill is working with local technology giant Emerson, a neighbor in the industrial zone that is home to Badger Hill, to prototype some of these new ideas.
Badger Hill co-owner Broc Krekelberg says “The immense amount of respect which Chase has earned from his peers in this industry is amazing. Chase has firmly established himself as one of the most competent brewers in this region, and his promotion to Head Brewer is a no-brainer for us. Badger Hill is incredibly fortunate to have Chase Dutton as a part of our family”.
Badger Hill Brewing is located in suburban Minneapolis-Saint Paul. They distribute beer throughout most of Minnesota and have a taproom at their facility in Shakopee, Minnesota. Shakopee is home to the entertainment district known as RiverSouth which includes Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, the Renaissance Festival and Mystic Lake Casino.
Badger Hill brews local favorite Traitor IPA and has won numerous honors and awards including a Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival:
2013 Bronze Medal – US Open Beer Championships – Minnesota Special Bitter
2014 Silver Medal – US Open Beer Championships – High Road Everyday Ale
2014 Gold Medal – US Open Beer Championships – Minnesota Special Bitter
2014 Gold Medal – Great American Beer Fest – Wanderlust White IPA
2015 Silver Medal – US Open Beer Championships – Wanderlust White IPA
They were selected by craft brewery giant Stone Brewing to brew their Arrogant Bastard and in January released HEXIT, the last Minnesota brew by former Surly brewer Todd “The Axeman” Haug. They are forecasting brew volume around 5000 BBL (150,000 US gallons) in 2017.
US craft breweries grew in number in the US from just 500 in 1994 to over 4000 in 2016. Craft brewery production has increased from 5,000,000 barrels (5M BBL) in 2004 to 25M BBL in 2015 and was a $22.3 billion industry by 2015.
NOW HIRING (5/17/17)
POSITION: Shift Brewer/Cellarperson
As a brewer/cellarperson, normal duties will include cellar work, cleaning, brewing on a 30 bbl system, cleaning, packaging, cleaning, quality assurance and cleaning. A successful candidate will have formal brewing education or commensurate experience, be self-motivated and demonstrate attention to detail.
- All wort production activities including milling, mash/lauter, wort boiling and whirlpool
- Sanitary wort cooling, aeration and transfer to cellar
- CIP of brewhouse vessels and piping
- Regular weekly, monthly and yearly cleaning/maintenance of brewing equipment
- Operation of low-pressure steam boiler
- Perform all brewing tasks in strong accordance with established SOPs, recipes and QA methods
- CIP and SIP of fermentation and bright beer tanks
- Properly harvest, store and pitch yeast
- Perform regular yeast counts and viability assessments
- Track and document fermentation parameters and use them to properly condition beer
- Beer conditioning tasks including dry hopping, trub dumbing, fining and temperature management
- Filtration and DO monitoring of bright beer
- Perform all cellar tasks in strong accordance with established SOPs, recipes and QA methods
- Assist with various packaging efforts, such as kegging, canning and specialty bottling efforts
- Very strong alignment with QA/QC methods as well as use of SOP’s
- Loading/unloading of shipments into and out of brewing facility
- Inventory management and production software use
- Attend and participate at regular production meetings
- Maintain a clean brewery including floors, drains and tank exteriors
- Maintain a safe working environment
- Assist with QA/QC testing and sensory assessments
- Work with an attitude to drive continuous improvement
- Exhibit and embrace Badger Hill Brewing core values
- Fun, Smart, Hard Working, Nice, Honest
- Formal brewing education and/or commercial brewing experience preferred
- Forklift certified or ability to become forklift certified
- Strong attention to detail
- Strong critical thinking skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Physical requirements
- Able to lift up to 60 lbs multiple times daily
- Able to stand, bend, kneel, etc
- Able to safely handle hazardous chemicals
Be able to work flexible schedule when appropriate.
If you meet the above requirements please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org subject Brewer/Cellarperson Position
On Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 12:00pm CST, Badger Hill Brewing is releasing HEXIT, a collaboration with brewer Todd Haug, formerly of Surly Brewing of Minneapolis and currently with Three Floyd’s Brewing in the Chicago area. HEXIT is a hoppy braggot, a beer made with a lot of honey. It’s around 6.8% alcohol by volume (ABV) and about 65 IBU with a metric fuckton of aroma hops. We are selling bottles from the taproom, limit 2, starting at noon, while supplies last. Each bottle is $18. Valid ID is required for purchase.
A friend of Broc and Britt, the founders of Badger Hill, knew a guy with a bunch of honey on his hands that had apparently been intended for a Todd Haug brew at Surly prior to his departure. Britt wondered if Todd still wanted to brew it, maybe with Badger Hill? Broc texted Todd who responded with “F YEAH”. Thus a new collaboration was born.
We admire Surly Brewing for the bad-ass brewery they are. I was buying 5 gallon kegs of Surly Furious in the earliest days of their distribution. The Surly Bill, as it is known, changed the beer economy in Minnesota and allowed companies like Badger Hill to have a fighting chance. I personally have always admired Omar and have enjoyed meeting him a few times. We also know many of the people at Surly, from brewers to marketers, and they are friendly, helpful, knowledgable and fun folks. We felt no need to ask permission from Surly and as far as we know there is no hard feelings on their end. What happened between Todd and Surly is between them; we haven’t asked.
the main thing
Todd insisted from the beginning that the purpose of this collaboration be to raise money and awareness for the decline of the bee population. Profits from HEXIT will go directly to the Minnesota Honey Producers Association and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.
This Braggot-style IPA is made with local Sweet Bee Honey from Rufer Apiaries of Waverly, MN. The malt bill is a combination of honey, honey malt and oats. It is dry hopped with over 7 pounds per barrel of the kindest aroma hops in the world, including Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe. A portion was hand-bottled and dipped in beeswax from the apiary.
When you use 100% honey it’s called mead. Mead does not taste like beer so it is a new and interesting thing for many of us to taste a beer made with an almost mead-like amount of honey.
- Todd and Linda Haug had the vision for this beer and what it could do to help the bee population.
- Todd Haug supervised the brew and played mind-bending guitar on brew day. He stayed in touch during the entire process as we gave him gravities, pH and turbidities.
- Local artist Brandon Holt illustrated the awesome and intricate label.
- Rufer Apiaries supplied the honey and the beeswax.
At Badger Hill Brewing:
- Chase Dutton along with Todd Koppelman, Tim Johnson and Robert Ackerman babysat the beer and cellared and packaged it with loving care and attention to detail.
- Britt, Jen, and Giselle smoothly managed the deliverables and expectations of all of the constituents.
- Joel is working with our distributors so more people can try this one of a kind beer in bottles at liquor stores and pints at local bars and restaurants.
- Broc and I made sure to taste the beer often and interjected loud drum loops (me) or power chords (Broc) as necessary.
- You bought the beer to help the bees and you are going to take this bee shit seriously.
Thank you everyone! I really hope you enjoy HEXIT. We’ll all be at the brewery on Saturday (tomorrow!) so please say hi.
Badger Hill Brewing
Shakopee, MN USA