OUR TAPROOM & EVENT SPACE
OUR TAPROOM AND EVENT SPACE
Besides our exceptional beer, one of the things our customers say they enjoy most about BlackStack is our expansive, welcoming taproom. To be honest, it’s one of the reasons we love to come to work.
HISTORY OF THE BUILDING
The American Can Building dates back to 1889. Beginning in 1902, it was a canning factory that churned out billions of tin cans for Hormel foods, Swift & Co., Armour & Co. for well-known brands like Spam, Green Giant vegetables, Swift meats, Fischer nuts, Hershey’s chocolate, and Rayette hairspray.
In the late 20th century, the food packaging industry found new ways to package food. This downward spiral in canning caused the last owner of the building, the Silgan Container Company, to shutter its St. Paul operations in 2007.
St. Paul city officials considered demolishing the vacant industrial structure. But in 2013, a California development company that repurposes old industrial buildings bought the former canning factory. The company, Orten, invested millions in renovating the building before seeking new tenants.
ENTER BLACKSTACK BREWING
When we first laid eyes on the dilapidated historic building, we knew this would be BlackStack’s home. After countless hours retrofitting and bringing the 20,000 square-foot space to code, we turned it into an open, inviting taproom.
We want visitors of all ages to feel like they’re in an industrial cathedral-meets-modern museum that has an abundance of natural light and infinitely comfortable seating.
Besides enjoying our exceptional beer, people come here to play one of our hundreds of board games, participate in trivia night, listen to live music, watch a sporting event on our huge screen, or simply hang in a welcoming space with a chill vibe.
Mindful of the pitfalls of big taprooms, we’ve installed noise-absorbing insulation along the high ceilings to minimize the echo chamber effect.
You can find us in Saint Paul’s Midway-Hamline neighborhood, right next door to mini-golf destination Can-Can Wonderland. Just look for the big smokestack.
And if you can’t get to our taproom, you can find our beer in Minnesota’s finest restaurants and liquor stores.