Brother Justus: New Distillery/Cocktail Room – Northeast, MPLS

Brother Justus: New Distillery/Cocktail Room – Northeast, MPLS

A scene from inside Brother Justus’s current whiskey cave/distillery.  
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Brother Justus Whiskey, one of the oldest and smallest of Minnesota’s new wave of craft distilleries, is making moves, and taking concrete steps toward a building a bright new future in spirits here in the Twin Cities.…And by “bright new future,” we’re talking pretty literally. Since its founding in 2014, Brother Justus has produced around 2,000 gallons of locally aged whiskey each year from an underground distillery the size of, say, a three bedroom apartment. But in late June, Phil Steger, founder and CEO of the Minneapolis-based whiskey company, signed a new lease on a space in conjunction with Peter Remes of First & First, whose projects are home to 612 Brew, Lake Monster Brewing, and Norseman Distillery.

Brother Justus’s new place is seven times the size of its current one, and has actual windows.

Those panes overlook Columbia Park and Golf Course in northeast Minneapolis, and contain a distillery that measures nearly 14,000 square feet, and ups Brother Justus’s production capacity to nearly 40,000 proof gallons of whiskey per year – all marked shifts toward the present moment for a company who bears a made-up monk as its moniker.

“It is more important than ever that we contribute to positive change for our community, and invest in our values of justice, opportunity, and stewardship,” said Steger in a statement that cites the role COVID-19 and the death of George Floyd have played in changing the world. “The historical Brother Justus created opportunities for people facing tough times. And he held himself to the highest standards of craft and care for the well-being of others. We can’t do less.”

Phil Steger, founder and CEO of Brother Justus, in front of the distillery's new home.

Phil Steger, founder and CEO of Brother Justus, in front of the distillery’s new home.

Architect and interior designer Aaron Wittkamper of Wittkamper Studio will play an integral role in transitioning Brother Justus’s lofty talk into a pragmatic, concrete embodiment of these values and choices.

Brother Justus’s new distillery will be open to the public, featuring a cocktail room proactively designed for social distancing, and that integrates full accessibility for individuals who live with mobility- and sight-related disabilities into the distillery aesthetics and experience. Additionally, the Benedictine monk-inspired spirit is proactively working to include people who face structural barriers to economic opportunity and employment in the jobs created by the new distillery.

“When we build places and businesses where each person is welcome, no matter who they are or how they get around, we create better experiences and richer environments for everyone,” underlined Steger.

But it’s not just new buildings the distillers are working on in the coming year: Brother Justus also has its sights set on releasing a new, cold-peated whiskey, to…

 

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“The Double Rainbow” at MN Nice Cream – Northeast Minneapolis

“The Double Rainbow” at MN Nice Cream – Northeast Minneapolis

What an amazing 3 years it has been! It’s hard to believe it all started out in a tiny soft serve ice cream truck.  Last year I opened my first brick and mortar location at 807 Broadway St in NE Minneapolis, and in May 2019, a Stillwater store was born at 308 Chestnut St E right in the heart of Downtown Stillwater!
A friendly reminder that we offer a wide selection of handmade gluten free and vegan options, as well as lactose free chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream. Leave your lactaids at home!
Come visit us….and if you are interested in booking our trucks, please fill out the form on our website. Keep in mind that we get a ton of inquires per day and that kindly it will take us a few days to get back to you: mnnicecream.com
Have an AMAZING summer! – Katie
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Take #PRIDE Minnesota! New at NE MPLS 8 new Flavors of soft serve and this special cone “The Double Rainbow” 🌈 🌈 #loveislove #icecream

The Best of Northeast – Minneapolis, MN

The Best of Northeast – Minneapolis, MN

Sharing stories in and around the Northeast Minneapolis community. No corner of our community is free from racial injustices. We are facing uncomfortable truths and want to face them head on together to work for change.

We also see that through our community’s losses, beauty is blossoming in the form of mural art and togetherness and the visual call to action is clear.

Here’s what @preserveminneapolis is doing: As a way of standing in solidarity and preserving George Floyd’s memory, we are creating a public online exhibition of this outpouring of street art across the city of Minneapolis.

We will layer it on our virtual map of historic Minneapolis sites.
We want this to be a way to preserve and share these signs of community solidarity with those within and beyond our city and help us all better understand how we relate to each other.
Thank you @preserveminneapolis for keeping the memory of George Floyd alive.Tag @northeastminneapolis and @preserveminneapolis in any murals across Mpls.
#justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #muralsforgeorge

 

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No corner of our community is free from racial injustices. We are facing uncomfortable truths and want to face them head on together to work for change. We also see that through our community's losses, beauty is blossoming in the form of mural art and togetherness and the visual call to action is clear. Here’s what @preserveminneapolis is doing: As a way of standing in solidarity and preserving George Floyd’s memory, we are creating a public online exhibition of this outpouring of street art across the city of Minneapolis. We will layer it on our virtual map of historic Minneapolis sites. We want this to be a way to preserve and share these signs of community solidarity with those within and beyond our city and help us all better understand how we relate to each other. Here's where we need your help: Send a picture of a work of street art from your neighborhood + the artist (if you know it) and address where it is located. Email the photos to: rcoffman@preserveminneapolis.org We want all corners of the Twin Cities represented. If we're going to create change, we want it to involve everyone. As photos come in, we will also feature images and histories of places on our platforms. WE SEE YOU. WE HEAR YOU. WE WILL WORK FOR CHANGE. THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US IN THIS PROJECT. – @preserveminneapolis If you know any of the artists featured in this post, please tag them below. ______________________________________ Thank you @preserveminneapolis for keeping the memory of George Floyd alive. Tag @northeastminneapolis and @preserveminneapolis in any murals across Mpls. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #muralsforgeorge

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Northeast Minneapolis: Meet Peter, Master Tulip Gardener

Northeast Minneapolis: Meet Peter, Master Tulip Gardener

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Meet Peter. Master tulip gardener and long time Northeast Minneapolis resident. In 1948, he immigrated to NE Mpls from Holland. He and his wife Etta Aelis have been married 62 years! They’ve lived in the same house in NE for the past 32 years. Peter and Etta Aelis have many children and are very active in their local church. It was only four years ago that Peter retired from work and now pours his heart into his garden. He said he plants his tulip bulbs in the fall and this year he was able to get the #1 bulb from Holland. Later in the summer, he’ll grow some the best tomatoes and enough kale to freeze and last throughout the winter for a famous Holland stew he and Etta Aelis make. His yard is always stunning, but his tulips are spectacular because his dad was a tulip and vegetable farmer in Holland and he trained with him for a few years. Neighbors describe Peter as a kind man with a good family. When asked what he loves about Northeast, Peter says that he loves the neighborhood, that he has good neighbors, and that it’s close to downtown and the Mississippi River. Peter is 91 years young, but you’d never guess it. He stays active and keeps a positive spirit. Gardening is his life. From sun up to sun down, he gardens. His yard is immaculate and brings so much beauty to the neighborhood. Thank you, Peter, for sharing your remarkable story and for bringing joy to our community. _______________________________________ A special thanks to Peter’s neighbor, @jackiemyhoney, for sharing his story and these stunning photos with us. 🌷🌷🌷If you’d like to leave a message for Peter, comment below. Jackie plans to share this post with him. He doesn’t have Instagram. 😆 #bestofnempls

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Chris Pomeleo: Prohibition Barber – Minneapolis, MN

Chris Pomeleo: Prohibition Barber – Minneapolis, MN

“I think all ambulances need a barber chair option instead of just a gurney.”

Thirteen years ago, I started giving haircuts in the middle of war while I was in the Army.
My Troop needed haircuts, and I found something I was actually good at that could immediately make folks feel better.  It changed my life forever.

Fast forward to today.  My busy little shop is closed for now, and life as we knew it is changing.  But this week, outta nowhere, I was approached by @hennepinems and asked if could donate some cuts and shaves to help raise spirits for some of the most important people in our city during these uncertain times. To say I’m honored is an understatement. Spending time with folks out on the front lines, is something I seem to do good at. The Infantry gave me that. I know the news seems scary right now, but we are gonna be ok. We have some incredible folks watching over our cities, day and night🚑🚒🚓…and the laughter and banter between them isn’t of doom and gloom. It’s of hope and summer barbecues. They know this too shall pass!

BTW-my barber chair is still set up in their breakroom, and I’m not moving it ’til they’re all taken care of. -Chris Pomeleo 💈

 

“I love making people feel good about themselves. I first learned the special trade of being a barber in the middle of Baghdad, while I was in the Army. After my days of normal duty, I would set up my little barber station in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s palace, and cut Soldiers’ hair. I learned a lot, but more importantly, I found out how much I wanted people to feel like they were the only thing that mattered while they were in my chair. Now, 7 years later, I am a barber and doing what I love! My job is making people look and feel their best – and that makes me a pretty lucky guy. When you get your hair cut, you should be treated like a King or Queen, and I’m the guy to take care of you. I’m classically trained in the art of Barbering, and will take as much pride in your appearance as you would.”

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