- 1929 2nd Street SW
- Rochester, MN 55902
- Phone: (507) 206-3283
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Community rallies around Thesis Beer Project following worst month of sales
(ABC 6 News) – Even with Dry January being over, the local brewery scene in southeast Minnesota is continuing to see a downward trend in sales to start 2024.
2023 was a tough year for craft breweries as overall sales declined for the first time in a decade.
Thesis Beer Project in Rochester is no exception, as it’s recently announced on social media it may have to close its doors if sales don’t turn around.
Thesis co-owner Adam Fredericksen said the post to social media was one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make, but because he did so, he and his employees have seen an overwhelming amount of support from the community to keep their doors open.
“The fair thing to do was to give the community the opportunity to react with us and see if they couldn’t help push us through,” Fredericksen said. “If you want places like this to continue existing in this community, they do take community support one way or another.”
This January saw the worst sales total that Thesis has ever had since opening in August 2019.
In the two weeks since the post to social media, frequent regulars and those who haven’t stopped in the brewery for over a year or two have made their way back.
“I’ve been here two to three times in the last two weeks, and it’s been absolutely slammed every time, and it’s really good to see the community responding in a really awesome way,” said Zach Zurn, a regular at Thesis.
It’s not just beer drinkers lending a hand, but the musicians on stage as well.
“It makes me feel outstanding,” said Tyler Larkin, drummer for the band Clams, which performed at Thesis on Friday, February 9. “Anytime we can help a local business succeed with their livelihood, which is live music and great drinks and fun. It feels astronomical to be apart of something like this.”
Businesses reach their bottom line as musicians and beer connoisseurs alike are recognizing the value these businesses create in their community.
“There’s not a lot of places in town that do what we do, and we’d like to think we’re unique enough to stay busy in a town of 120,000 people,” said Fredericksen.
“This is a real community that really cares about the small businesses that uplift this growing music scene that we have. It’s raised my faith and my pride in the music scene here which has been awesome,” added Zurn.
With Dry January behind us, and a week packed full of events, Thesis and other breweries anticipate the community to keep the momentum of supporting these local businesses that they love.
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Thesis Beer Project hosting Rochester City Jazz Festival Residency
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Join the Rochester City Jazz Festival to experience the wonderful world of Jazz.
Starting Wednesday, Feb 7, RCJF will be kicking off the first of four Wednesday-night jazz residencies hosted by the Thesis Beer Project.
The D’Sievers joined us in the studio to talk about the event.
The lineup for their curated shows are:
- Feb 7 - The Jacob Burkhart “Jazz” Ensemble,
- Feb 14 - The D’Sievers Quartet opening for Loud Mouth Brass,
- Feb 21 - H30 Jazz Trio Album release for their new record “Tafel Jazz”,
- Feb 28 - The Madison Parish Ensemble lead by LaSonya Natividad.
To learn more, please visit RCJF’s Facebook page of Thesis Beer Project’s website .
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The Biz Beat: Fox Tale Fermentation Project brings unique brews to San Jose
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Having spent the past five years homebrewing in their garage, San Jose residents and domestic partners Wendy Neff and Felipe Bravo have approached every beer as a learning opportunity. Adding unorthodox ingredients and changing the brewing process slightly to see how it came out, their passion project quickly outgrew the space.
Now, in an exciting advancement, they have opened Fox Tale Fermentation Project, a restaurant and brewery in downtown San Jose at 30 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite 120.
“It is always about learning and exploring different things. And providing an opportunity for other people to have the same experience,” Neff told San José Spotlight. “Yes, we’re going to have IPAs and pale ales, but we’re also going to have some really unique things that you can dive into and try.”
Fermentation and experience
Neff studied holistic nutrition at Bauman College in Berkeley. Soon after, she became the head chef of superfoods at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park where her experiments with fermented foods flourished. At Fox Tale, she hopes to give people an opportunity to explore how to incorporate fermented items into their diets.
“You can take lacto-fermented garlic cloves and use those in exchange for fresh garlic cloves and get an incredibly different flavor experience,” Neff said. “To me, once you start trying things like that, you build that intrigue and you want to try more. That’s what I want for people because that’s how it went for me.”
Alongside their fermented beers, customers will also find fermented foods on the menu such as sauerkraut and fermented vegetables including leeks and carrots.
On top of a decade of homebrewing experience, Bravo has worked for several Bay Area breweries, including Original Pattern in Oakland and Fort Point in San Francisco. But his diligence in perfecting the brewing process also comes from his studies in electrical engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. There, he began a master’s thesis exploring the automation of homebrewing systems. He is currently enrolled in the Master Brewers Certificate Program at UC Davis .
Despite the shop just opening, there have been several opportunities to experience Fox Tale Fermentation Project’s brews. This past December, they released a collaboration beer with another downtown brewery, Camino Brewing Co. Additionally, two downtown bars—ISO Beers and Cash Only—have had Fox Tale beers on tap for weeks now.
“It’s a fun challenge to come up with a product that represents both breweries,” said Kim Pollock, head of production at Camino Brewing. “I was excited to brew something a little more on the experimental side with them. What we came up with was Pomona’s Paradise, a golden stout with persimmons and grains of paradise.”
Rare ingredients also occupy space in their other brews, such as Drink Kultura, a blue corn lager, or Fung Shui, a farmhouse ale with candy cap mushrooms.
Both sides of Bravo’s family can trace their San Jose residency back to the 1940s. Bravo himself grew up in Japantown, where his father owned a printing shop and a toy store.
“I learned a lot seeing that growing up,” he told San José Spotlight. “I never knew that I’d be doing this, per se, but it just feels right. It’s pretty cool.”
Neff, who moved to San Jose in 2008, recalls feeling a sense of belonging faster than she expected. She is proud to open her own restaurant here.
“It means everything,” she said. “This is my home. This is where my community is.”
From his point of view, Bravo reflects on how different San Jose is now compared to when he was a child.
“You see how a lot of the city is changing, and what’s surviving, what’s being built and what’s left is generally for people with money. I’m definitely not someone with money, so it’s been pretty difficult to adjust to that,” he said.
It’s an experience that informs Fox Tale’s overall vision of becoming a community space. That vision was at least partially realized last weekend as patrons sat at tables against exposed brick, packing the establishment during its grand opening.
“We’re so focused on making this a business for everybody to try and take some of that back,” said Bravo.
Contact Ethan Gregory Dodge at [email protected] , on Twitter at @egd_io or on Signal at (408) 404-5511.
Editor’s Note: The Biz Beat is a series highlighting local small businesses and restaurants in Silicon Valley. Know a business you’d like to see featured? Let us know at [email protected] .
Fox Tale Fermentation Project
Location: 30 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite 120, San Jose, CA
Phone: (408) 216-0158
- Monday, Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday, Thursday: 3-9 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday: 12-10 p.m.
- Sunday: 12-8 p.m.
Social Media: Instagram | Facebook
What puts them on the map: Unique brews, fermented food and a centrally located, cozy space
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