The Vision

We are a destination microbrewery & taproom located in NE Minneapolis. Our focus is high-quality, small-batch production beers with ever-changing taps.  We are family friendly and welcome anyone from anywhere.

This was the original vision statement we wrote. We still live it out today. We brew 2000bbls a year and the majority of that is one-off creations that are inspired by the world around us be that, nature, music, food, art, local ingredients, etc. Also, no matter who you are or where you come from…WELCOME. If your version of beer is something that comes in a 30 pack, or you just drink wine, or you understand the nuances between Simzaca hops and Cascade, WELCOME, we are happy to have you here. Our staff is the heartbeat of our business. They know beer and they know good service.

The Space

Dangerous Man’s taproom was formerly the NE Bank Building, a staple in the lives of Northeast Minneapolis residents. The tall pillars reminiscent of the old bank are still in place today, as well as an iron bank door that can be seen in the southwest corner of the taproom. If you look above the doorway when entering Dangerous Man, the bank’s name is still etched into the brick.

Rob, Sarah, and many family, friends, and volunteers built almost all of the taproom and brewery themselves throughout 2012, opening its doors to the public in January of 2013. It was truly a work of blood, sweat and tears with passion as the driving force. The bar and entire space was a design-and-build-project by Rogue Arc of Minneapolis. The taproom bar and table tops were created from repurposed beams from a building in downtown Minneapolis, helping to give the space a glowing warmth in the twilight hours of Minneapolis. The back bar features steel, copper, and iron plates overlaying each other and a puzzle of wood varieties to keep the atmosphere soft and inviting

Around the bar you’ll see several iconic pieces of art, all from local artists. Jake Keeler‘s “Bearded Gar” is painted above the southwest corner, right above the bank vault door, and is definitely imposing. Almost Rasputin-like, the fish demonstrates our penchant for beards and danger; always in that order. On the North wall is a sculpture installation piece by a Peter Geyen, featuring a gorilla skull and several young thieves. Fantastic sense of movement and evolution, if not a daring sense of style. There is also a metal and glass light that was created by local glass blower, Todd Cameron.

We have a lot of art, most of it is in your glass, and we also have a lot of plants. Why so many plants? We like plants and they grow well in our humid sunny space. They also make it feel a bit like your odd but so oh loving Auntie’s house. We want you to feel welcome the second you walk through the door, kinda like you are home, then meet some new people, catch up with old friends, or just be lonely and chat with the staff.

Some History

Rob Miller began homebrewing in 2004 and by 2012 he had developed over 200 recipes. His friends and family were buying his beer for gifts and parties, this was not the homebrew that your friend tries to convince you is good but you dread sipping it. In 2000, Sarah and Rob began drafting up a business plan loosely based on a favorite brewery in Missoula Montana, The Kettlehouse. But they soon found out that this taproom-only model was not legal in the state of Minnesota. So Rob returned to homebrewing and Sarah returned to her day job. Then Sarah got wind that the Surly bill was going to pass the house and senate in 2011, allowing for the very business model they had dreamed of opening. They dusted off the business plan, convinced 70 of their close friends and family to give them money and started looking for a home.

Sarah and Rob with their two kids in tow would drive around NE Minneapolis looking for a building. One rainy Sunday they stumbled onto the NE Bank Building. It was filled with vintage furniture and had no heating or bathrooms. Rob was convinced it was perfect, Sarah was not so sure. But in 2012 they signed a lease and as they say, the rest is history.