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Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 120: Chapel Brewing

Serving holy water with hops

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.

Chapel Brewing
15 Hester St., Dundas, MN; 507-664-1300.