North 20 Grand Opening

First microbrewery in Rosemount opens doors to customers June 30, 2022

North 20 Brewing, the first microbrewery in Rosemount, Minnesota, held a grand opening Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The new business is the idea of David Schmitz and family, longtime Rosemount residents. David’s sons, Christian and Jordan, are 2018 graduates of the Brewing & Beer Steward Technology program at Dakota County Technical College.

Along with their extensive brewing expertise, Christian and Jordan each have a B.A. in Economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. That additional knowledge has been exceptionally valuable in starting and operating a small business.

Jordan and Christian credit their experience in the DCTC Brewing & Beer Steward Technology program as a key step in gaining the brewing and entrepreneurial know-how to launch their microbrewery.

“It has been extremely rewarding to receive an education from a local institution,” Jordan said, “and be able to utilize what we learned for the benefit of the same community.”

“It has been amazing seeing the community support for our brewery— we have been extraordinarily busy,” Christian added. “There was clearly a desire for something like this in the area, and it has been awesome getting to meet so many people that we never would have crossed paths with otherwise.”

North 20 Brewing is located along Bacardi Avenue just south of the 16-acre Wiklund Wildlife Preserve (also know as the Rosemount Wildlife Preserve) near Rosemount’s border with Eagan. Housed in a barn-style building, the brewery features ample indoor and outdoor space for customers to enjoy beer, food, and good company in a beautiful rural setting.

North 20 Brewing opening gallery¹

North 20 Brewing

North 20 Brewing started out as a gift to one of our founders, David Schmitz. During the 2015 holiday season, the Schmitz household gifted David a homebrew kit. It didn’t take long for David and his two sons, Christian and Jordan, to realize how much they enjoyed this weekend hobby

The Schmitz family quickly developed the dream of one day opening a brewery. Realizing this would take more than some simple homebrew knowledge, Christian and Jordan decided to attend Dakota County Technical College’s Brewing and Beer Steward Technology program.

As for the name ‘North 20 Brewing,’ this is a testament to a grandparent of the Schmitz family, who referred to the beautiful property where the brewery is located as the “North 20.” We are sentimental when remembering how Grandpa enjoyed driving up the dirt road on his John Deere to mow the North 20.

Our goal is to provide a location where people can gather to socialize while enjoying a locally brewed beer. We believe drinking craft beer is more than simply tasting a well made drink. To us, it is about the time you get to spend with the people around your. Our goal is to give our community a space to meet, have fun, and drink fresh beer, all while enjoying a unique, refreshing, and relaxed setting.

— Courtesy of North 20 Brewing

North 20 Brewing
12266 Bacardi Avenue West,
Rosemount, MN 55068

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More about Brewing & Beer Steward Technology at DCTC…

Jeff Merriman, DCTC Brewing & Beer Steward Technology instructor

Brewing & Beer Steward Technology is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare you for brewing beer, cellar operations, and other professional positions in the commercial brewery or brewpub industry. The program also provides you with the knowledge needed to obtain the position of beer steward.

The program delivers an overview of all aspects of brewing, technical skills, and knowledge to select raw materials, production, process management, beer care, beer service, and beer styles using food pairings. The program provides training regarding operations management, marketing and distribution, and financial management for breweries. Overall, the program will give you a solid understanding of brewing science, engineering, management, and service.

Brewing & Beer Steward Technology 21 Credit Certificate

Learn more about Brewing & Beer Steward Technology at DCTC by contacting:

Jeff Merriman
Brewing & Beer Steward Technology Faculty

Natalie Shrestha
Academic & Financial Aid Advisor

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¹ Gallery photos courtesy of Scott Glime, DCTC Web Content Manager/New Media Specialist