F-Town Brewing Company, a craft brewery in downtown Faribault, opened the doors to its taproom and released its beer in retail on Wednesday.
For Faribault-area residents and owners Travis Temke, Noah Strouth and Chris Voegele, it has been a long time coming.
Strouth and Voegele made beer together in the past and tossed around the idea of opening a brewery, but the idea didn’t fully ferment until Temke came into the mix.
“All three of us complement each other in the fact that we all have different talents,” Temke said.
Temke came into brewing with expertise in business and financing. His experience helped them find and acquire funds for the business, and Strouth and Voegele brought the expertise of brewing and building the retail space.
In 2014, the brewery received a total of $500,000 in loans from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, the Faribault Economic Development Authority, 1st United Bank of Faribault, Rice County Economic Development Authority and Faribault Industrial Corporation to get the business started.
The brewery has a taproom with an outdoor patio and will brew and ship beer from their location at the old Peterson Art Warehouse Building at 22 Fourth St. NE in downtown Faribault.
The brewery will start operation with four variations of beer. Ipalicious, an India pale ale; Nutso, a brown ale; #1 American, a pale ale and Flex Less, a light lager. All four beers will be kegged for local bars and restaurants, and Nutso and Ipalicious will be canned for distribution in retail outlets around the south metro and Faribault area through their distributor, College City Beverage. Starting in August, F-Town will also start Sunday off-sales of growlers.
Temke said the choice to go with cans was an easy one, because cans provide a better product.
“The element that deteriorates beer the most is light, and cans block light better than bottles,” Temke said. “Cans also give us more options with graphic design.”
The owners hope to create eight full-time jobs for Faribault within the first calendar year. As for Temke, Strouth and Voegele, they hope the brewery can be a source of #communitypride.
“It was a ridiculous amount of work, and it turned out great because of the support of a lot of great people,” Voegele said. “That support drove us forward.”
“It’s not just about the beer,” he said. “It’s about the people involved, and that they take great care in what they make. We’ll be a great economic driver in this area and draw a lot of attention and tourism.”