The Destination Brewery is tucked into Prospect Park, a Minneapolis neighborhood previously known for having a whole hell of a lot of grain elevators, KSTP’s antennas, and…the Witch’s Tower.
Located on the appropriately-named Tower Hill, the Witch’s Tower is one of those buildings that even the most skeptical, rational person alive takes one look at and says, “Oh, yeah, that’s haunted.” It was built as a water tower in 1913 to provide water pressure for residents and fire fighters (HISTORICAL FACT: In the early 1900s, everything was on fire all the time). It was meant to be repurposed as a bandstand in the ’50s, until the difficulty of lugging instruments up a long-ass spiral staircase became very apparent to the guys in charge of the piano.
Another musical note: There are rumors that the Witch’s Tower inspired folk music enthusiast and former Dinkytown resident Bob Dylan to write “All Along the Watchtower”. He’s never come close to confirming that and likely never would even if it’s true. That said, he did make a Christmas album, so it’s not entirely impossible.
It’s now open to the public once a year, on the Friday after Memorial Day. You can climb to the observation deck, get spectacular views of Minneapolis, and wonder what the Ancient Ones do here the other 364 days. Probably just play cards and check their phones, if we’re guessing.
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One thing you can do more than once a year is drink a Witch’s Tower. We first brewed this sessionable brown ale it in 2014 to coincide with the winter solstice and the opening of the Destination Brewery.
This low-alcohol ale is driven by the contributions from toasted green cardamom pods and toasted ash wood. These pods are frequently used in Scandinavian and Indian cuisine, and offer an intensely fragrant and unique mint-like spice that verges on sweet with a hint of licorice.
Overall, the beer has a mild, malted milk chocolate aroma that lives only in the nose: the flavors are driven by the cardamom. It’s reminiscent of mint chocolates with a tingly, cleansing spiciness that lingers on the tongue.
Naming it was as easy as looking out our door.
We’re brewing another batch as you read this, and it will be on draft shortly. A keg will occasionally find its way to one of your better beer bars, but the best place to get your hands on one is at our brewery, in the shadow of its inspiration.