We stumbled upon Rustech Brewing by accident.
It was October of 2017, and we had just moved to Monticello, MN. We were sorely missing the convenience and closeness of Northeast Minneapolis breweries, and a Google search showed there was one right in town!
The thing was, we knew there was no brewery in town. Others had confirmed it, and we’d driven by the space where Rustech Brewing supposedly was and found nothing.
As we did our research and caught the rumors around town, though, we discovered that — sure enough — Rustech Brewing was on the way! The space had been purchased, and work was being done on the inside; they’d even created a website and social media platforms. From then on, it was just a waiting game.
Rustech Brewing opened Memorial Day Weekend of this year to a great deal of celebration — a new brewery opening on a popular drinking weekend? Yeah, that’s worth celebrating. Since then, we’ve only been been in a handful of times; despite being so near, we’ve kept surprisingly busy exploring Minnesota’s craft beer scene elsewhere. However, we always enjoy a stop into the cozy, creative taproom.
Taproom experience is important to us, so it’s not glibly that we say Rustech’s taproom is probably one of the most organized, cleanest and aesthetically consistent we’ve seen. The brewery’s slogan is “Gather Enjoy and Relax” — or GEAR — and the theme falls somewhere between rustic farmhouse and mechanical steampunk. Various cogs, wheels, gears and pipes — either painted or very real — decorate the taproom. One wall is even designated as the gear wall, and patrons are encouraged to bring their own contribution in to be added to the ever-growing collection. Wooden tables, bars and accents add some rustic charm.
Our only regret regarding the taproom is that it’s just too small (or always so full) — the good kind of problem for any brewery. On our most recent visit, people lined the walls, standing awkwardly as they eyed tables in the hopes that one might free up.
The owners Bill and Penny are friendly and passionate, and it’s evident that they take pride in their work, their workplace and their beer. Their staff, too, are always warm and accommodating, lacking the pretension or stuffiness we find at some “big city” breweries.
When we first visited Rustech shortly after they opened, they had just three beers on tap. On our most recent stop in, all eight lines were running, and one of the girls behind the bar indicated that Bill hoped to add another eight taps at some point. Over the past half-year, rotation has typically included some traditional styles (IPA, Pale Ale, Cream Ale, Brown Ale) as well as some experimental styles (Raspberry Habanero Wheat, Blueberry Cream Ale, Blood Orange Grapefruit Wheat, Coffee Brown, Cinnamon Stout). On our most recent visit, we particularly enjoyed the Blueberry Cream Ale and Raspberry Habanero Wheat; the flavors were full, robust and delicious. In addition to their beers, Rustech also serves craft sodas, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Overall, Rustech Brewing is just a great little brewery right for a suburban community like Monticello. Don’t let that dissuade you from visiting, though; located not far off I-94 it’s an easy stop if you’re passing through or even worth a destination trip if you include a visit to Monticello’s newest brewery Nordic Brewing Co. Either way, give us a shout; we’d love to enjoy a drink with ya!
Here’s our full review (categories are rated out of five ):
- Beer Selection (number and styles available): 🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Beer Taste (expected of style): 🍺🍺🍺
- Location (find-ability/accessibility): 🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Atmosphere/Venue: 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
- Service (of staff): 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
Adam & Katie