'A little bit of St. Paul right here in Woodbury'
With its yellow string lights, comfort food and a growing list of original brews, the 3rd Act Craft Brewery taproom is a cozy suburban haven.
Doors officially opened in November, but beer lovers celebrated Woodbury’s first brewery, located at 4120 Radio Drive, with a grand opening Sunday and Monday Dec. 16-17.
Deb Long, who owns the brewery with her husband, Steve, said the most popular beer so far has been “There’s no place like home,” a pale ale made with Minnesota-sourced ingredients.
“We’re getting an overwhelming response from everyone,” Deb said. “They’re glad that it’s on this side of town.”
Brewery enthusiasts Jac and Michelle Fleming visited from Afton for the grand opening. Though distance isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker for the Flemings, who said they’ve been visiting breweries across the country for about 10 years, the location was a selling point.
“That’s why we’re here tonight — ‘cause it’s so close,” Michelle Fleming said. “So far, so good.”
The Longs want the brewery to be family-friendly: non-alcoholic offerings include fresh soft pretzels, Neapolitan pizza and specialty sodas. Families and couples could be seen playing board games and cribbage.
In the new year, the Longs plan to feature live music and trivia nights. They will also continue to host fundraisers, which they have already done in the first month of operation.
Though the city’s metropolitan neighbors to the west are often considered craft beer destinations, locals said they were excited to have unique brews outside of the Twin Cities.
“I like that there’s a little bit of St. Paul right here in Woodbury,” Cottage Grove resident Alicia Hill said.