MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We have seen a lot of trendy taprooms in the popular northeast section of Minneapolis.

A new pour-your-own tap room, called The Community Keg House, opens Jan. 15 in the old Grain Belt Building.

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It will be the first time the building will have beer since Grain Belt closed 40 years ago.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

As a craft beer lover, owner Nate Field wanted a more personal experience than what bars offered.

So he made a plan to bring beer lovers closer to the beer by breaking through to the other side.

“We need to flip it and allow people to pour their own pints,” Field said.

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Much like a wine bar, “Tap Tenders” will be there to talk about each beer and offer samples.

The pour room has 16 different taps, each one from a Minnesota brewery. Most of them are located in northeast Minneapolis.

“People want local, this is what people like,” he said. “They’re coming to northeast or they’re going to other areas in the city, so I just thought it was more interesting to be a kind of one-stop shop for Minnesota craft beer.”

Field also says the northeast brewery explosion over the last three years is perfect timing.

“Northeast now has this huge, recent scene. So you can come here,” Field said. “It’s why we’ve put the brewery first rather than second because we’re promoting them over their individual beer, their location. And then you can just start to dig into this stuff.”

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