A nearly 140-year old building that once housed a jail, a church, and a town hall is now one of the state’s most inviting taprooms.
Chapel Brewing is located in Dundas, about 45 minutes south of Minneapolis but close to other Minnevangelist faves like Keepsake Cidery, Imminent Brewing, and the pizza-slinging Red Barn Farm in Northfield. Owner/head brewer Andrew Burns had everything in the former chapel built with wood. The altar-like bar is especially handsome, featuring ornamental panels that are well over a century old.
Atmosphere-wise, the snug space is as warm and welcoming as an Irish pub. Regulars are often found on the outdoor patio, kibitzing and soaking up the restorative Cannon River views.
When it comes to the actual beer, Burns is more of a traditionalist than trend-chaser, emphasizing unfiltered ales and American styles over whatever is ruling Untappd this week. We’re partial to his IPAs, as well as a refreshing Kolsch and smooth oatmeal stout that wrap you up like a wool blanket on a cold winter’s day. Also on deck: a barrel-aged sour cherry ale and a strong, rich, Belgian-style Quad with a nice malty sweetness to temper the wild ABV.
15 Hester St., Dundas, MN; 507-664-1300.