Enki Brewing and Surly's taproom open this weekend

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 6/21/2013

Beer fans on opposite ends of the metro will have new on-site pint options.

Starting tomorrow south metro hop hankerers will have a new brewery to hit.

Enki Brewing opens the doors to its Victoria, Minn., brewery, taproom and outdoor beer garden Saturday at noon. Co-owner John Hayes said Enki – named after the Sumerian god of water – occupies 3,000 square feet of the building that once housed Victoria Creamery. He said the “hundred-year-old” building was slated for demolition, but he was able to persuade the owner to lease it to him and his partner Dan Norton instead.

“It’s a beautiful building that’s been neglected,” Hayes said.

The ale aspirants will debut with Citric Journey, a 7% ABV pale ale made with hops from New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest (Cascade) and a yeast strain common in English ales – hence the “journey.” Still, Hayes promises their intercontinental brew is “not one of those in-your-face pale ales.”

The Carver County resident of 22 years said Enki will roll out its Auburn Kolsch and Sioux Wheat dunkel weiss in the coming weeks.

Enki’s taproom will be open from 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. It will also be open 4-10 p.m. every other Wednesday during Victoria’s summer classic car night events.

In other taproom news, Surly opens its Brooklyn Center pint post today at 3 p.m. Hours will be 3-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Between the new taprooms and Surly’s SeVIIn release party/unveiling of its “destination brewery” schematics Sunday at the Varsity Theater, there are almost too many beer happenings this weekend. But that’s not a bad problem to have.

[Photo: Star Tribune file]