First Animales BBQ, now this??
On Saturday, Northeast's nationally renowned BBQ trailer, Animales, announced that due to some archaic Minneapolis city ordinances, they'd no longer be able to run offset smokers—which they've done since opening—starting October 1.
"It’s a huge blow to our operations as it cuts our volume capacity down by 70% and it’s also a huge step backwards for creating a more flourishing bbq scene in Minneapolis," the Animales team wrote on Instagram.
Now, we've gotten word that Able Seedhouse + Brewery, where Animales got its start in 2018, is closing this week. The last day to enjoy a First Light or Ol' Trusty at 1121 Quincy St. NE will be Saturday, October 1.
The closure means no more taproom and no more Able beer anywhere. A source at the brewery tells Racket that workers found out via email and stopped production on Sunday (and actually dumped a few 40 BBL tanks) in preparation for the final week.
"We all cried like big babies," they add.
This is the second significant brewery closure in 2022 after Tin Whiskers in downtown St. Paul called it quits back in May. The timeline is fairly similar—Tin Whiskers opened in summer 2014, Able in the fall of 2015—so that'll certainly give "brewery bubble" folks something to talk about.
(Sources tell Racket that BUCH, a kombucha hard seltzer company based in St. Louis Park, is eventually moving into Able's former home, which... OK.)
As for Animales Burger Company, the patty wagon that took Animales Barbeque Co.'s place at Able when the latter moved to Bauhaus Brew Labs this year, chef-owner Jon Wipfli tells Racket the burger truck will be shutting down for the year.
"There’s just been too much turmoil all over the place to try and keep it open," he says. "On the bright side, we’re going to try and combine concepts at Bauhaus and serve burgers from that trailer with limited bbq."
Wipfli says they're not exactly sure how that'll all pan out just yet, but it means they'll have to change the burger slightly and refine the menu to just one. (It also means tacos and a few other BBQ truck menu items are going away.) And despite an outpouring of community support over the last few days, there's no concrete plan from the city regarding an amendment to the arbitrary offset smoker rule.