This article by Lara Lau-Schommer originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of Northern Gardener.
Over the past year, the event center at Bad Weather Brewing Company has been the venue for five MSHS classes. Class attendees engaged in projects such as making Valentine’s Day wreaths, Thanksgiving centerpieces and Japanese kokedamas while enjoying a complimentary beer or house-made soda. “I love the ambiance at Bad Weather,” says class attendee Lisa Rey. “It was an easy space to relax in and get creative.”
Bad Weather Brewery owners Joe Giambruno and Zac Carpenter have generously donated the space to MSHS for the classes. Their three-year-old brewery and taproom on St. Paul’s West Seventh Street features a lengthy list of specialty and seasonal craft beers, and a different food truck makes an appearance every day.
Joe and Zac started out sharing a brewhouse in Minnetonka with two other breweries, which allowed them to build a strong customer base before owning their own place. When they found their current location, they were excited to bring a new business to the West Seventh neighborhood and revitalize a property that had stood vacant for years. As they designed Bad Weather’s taproom, they were purposeful in creating the 85-seat event space, which they not only rent to private parties but also donate to organizations such as MSHS.
“The event room is a great way to give back to the community,” Joe says. “We’re glad that MSHS can have classes here where people can be creative and have fun.”
If you’re interested in hosting an MSHS class at your venue, please contact me at llschommer at northerngardener dot org.