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DANGEROUS MAN IS BIG ON KEEPING IT SMALL
Rob Miller was never a business man, but his dream of owning a brewery; it was the only thing he ever wanted. His Dangerous Man Brewery represents a culture of how things should be (or at least could be) done un-conventionally, and demonstrates confidence for any creative endeavors. Even if your means are lacking, skill and passion can make up any of those deficits.
Their approach to making beer, recruiting staff, creating a “family” taproom, and even funding, is unique. From beards to crazy (fresh) beer infusions, Dangerous Man’s impact on Local MN culture is is undeniable.
HISTORY of the BREWERY
Before Dangerous Man, Rob was a 12-year homebrewing vetran who honed his craft by sourcing his own raw materials. His understanding of the raw ingredients of beer help him to define Dangerous Man’s unique flavors and are the secret behind the continuously changing infusions.
Each beer or infusion is crafted from his (and collaborative brewer effort) extensive knowledge of brewing and raw ingredients. Adding ingredients in the right proportions at the right time is tough, but this is what defines a true craftsman.
He has humble goals, but maybe this is what makes Dangerous Man so unique.
Dangerous Man is one of the only places that limits their beer accessibility to their local Northeast Minneapolis taproom only. This allows them to meticulously control the quality and freshness of every pint served.
THE BREWERY & TAPROOM
In 2014, Rob Miller was one of the 1st to take advantage of MN’s “Surly Bill” which allowed taprooms to open under cost-effective licensing and constraints.
But don’t have any deluscions about it being easy. Funding and building Dangerous Man was a huge ordeal. This brewery was a family operation created by Rob Miller & his wife Sarah. Rob as it’s Head Brewer and Sarah as it’s chief Marketing and HR Officer.
Friends and Family chipped in for ownership shares (under the promise of a free pint every single day) and annual profit-sharing. This allowed them to get a bank loan and eventual city loan to purchase brew equipment and building build out, but first they needed a municipal easement to be within a few blocks of a church…
Rob’s father-in-law came out of retirement to work non-stop for 6 months installing plumbing and brew equipment and the rest of the family worked 7 days a week. Despite all of that, a few weeks from opening, Rob found himself short on cash. The final installment of his dream was put on a credit card.
Dangerous Man’s opening was a huge success, however, as it’s sole brewer, the taproom could only open 2 days a week and the Rob+Sarah team quickly realized help was needed.
Working at a taproom illicits a certain type of culture. Dangerous Man seems like they are setting THE example by taking good care of their staff, sharing in the success of the brewery and creating a collaborative atmosphere for expanding the product and honing their craft.
It’s fun to work in the DM taproom and that is reflected in the service and attention the staff puts on its product and customers. Places are just more fun to be when staff love what they do. In fact, the day I met with Rob we had to cut a little short. He was on his way planning a gourmet meal for his entire team, craft cocktails and chef’s dinner…the whole shebang!
Knowledgeable Staff. Rob puts an emphasis on making sure his staff know beer. Each participates in the brewing process when they 1st start working and they have the knowledge and understanding to geek out on beer if you feel like asking.
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DANGEROUS MAN’S BEER
Brewing happens every day at Dangerous Man. Each brewer perfects their beer style, and during brewing, watches it closely, from start to finish during the brewing process.
They are given the freedom to experiment and be creative, making a visit to the taproom a continually-changing, totally unique experience.
Rob takes great pride in how every single batch of beer is made, and his team of beer-tenders are highly educated in knowing and understanding the ingredients of each
Always one to support the local craft scene, Dangerous Man’s Rob Miller has brought in assistant brewers and helped train in some now very well-known names in brewing.
Peanut Butter Porter (beer info) is super-unique and must-try at the Taproom. It has won a Best Of (best local beer) and Kind-of-a-Big-Deal (best Porter), and continues to stack up praise as one of the best local beers in the Twin Cities.
Chocolate Milk Stout (beer info) is my favorite Dangerous Man beer. It’s creamy, full-flavored, and smooth. The taproom offers various versions every time you visit (look for coconut milk!) and make sure to try it on Nitro.
Q&A: Rob Miller’s take on the Future of MN Beer
Who are your customers?
Rob: “…70% are local regulars, but on the weekends we get packed with people from all over…”
MN Beer Tourism…is this a thing?
Rob: “Definitely. We’ve been seeing a lot of people coming from out of town to visit local breweries. Being in NE Minneapolis has been big for us. We see people coming in all the time, hitting 10-20 breweries in a weekend…”
What’s the next big Beer Trend in MN?
Rob believes the local markets pallettes are growing more accepting of stronger flavors. “..Sours are the next big local trend…and strong, barrel-aged beers…”
When you’re not drinking Dangerous Man beer, who’s your go-to?
With all the success and love people have for your beer, do you plan to distribute?
Rob: “No…. keeping DM as a Tap Room allows me to control the quality of the beer…Plus, I like working here, the staff is great, we have no turn-around…I’m living my dream.”
DANGEROUS MAN BREWING
1300 2nd Street NE MPLS | 612-236-4087
Check out their beer at the Taproom or take some home from the newly opened Growler Shop next door!
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