The Stroh family prepares to open Chaotic Good Brewing in Kasson - Post Bulletin

The Stroh family prepares to open Chaotic Good Brewing in Kasson – Post Bulletin

Cason – The dream years of preparation are finally paying off for Scott Stroh, co-owner of Chaotic Good Brewing Company in Cason. After obtaining a brewery license to operate it at home in 2020 and

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In 2021, Scott and his wife, Molly Stroh, are preparing to open the Chaotic Good Brewing tap room, located at 202 Second St. SW in Cason.

Stroh said he expects soft doors to open in the last week of October or the first week of November. after spinning

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In the tap room and brewing space, Stroh made it to the last few steps before he could open the doors of Chaotic Good.

“The city council meeting to approve our liquor license … next Wednesday,” he said. “Once the city agrees to it, they have to send it to the state, which has to approve it, which has to send it back to the city to actually issue the liquor license.”

It’s just that license and hiring a few employees to join Stroh and his assistant brewer, Pat Walsh, running the tap room.

“I have three kids and a family and so does[Pat],” said Stroh, who until recently worked as a science teacher at Rochester Public Schools. “This is where we start hiring and making sure we can have some part-time employees who can be here and pour beer and be knowledgeable about beer.”

Stroh’s passion for home brewing began about 15 years ago, and it wasn’t long after that when he wanted to take his hobby to the next level.

“Until not so long ago, a Minnesota brewery wasn’t doing that,” Stroh said. “A brewery cannot have a tap room…but as various laws start to change in Minnesota, ‘Well, now breweries can have tap rooms.’” Well, that’s still a million dollars to get to.

For years, Strohs kept saving, and in 2019, they set up a 300-square-foot brewery in their backyard, slowly growing the business while maintaining their jobs as educators. Molly is still studying full time, but Scott’s primary job now is to run Chaotic Good.

“We’re going to have 10 faucet lines,” Straw said of the faucet room. “The plan is to have nine beers and one mineral water. I’m not sure if we’ll get them all for the opening, but we’ll get all of them.”

In the new Chaotic Good building, a former car wash pod is used as a space for the fermentation process, complete with mashers, fermentation cabinets and an industrial sink. The second bay – the tap room – looks very different from its previous self, with walls painted in red and gray and enough tables and chairs to accommodate 45 patrons. The interior renovations took longer than expected because the general contractor that Stroh had hired did not show up for the job. Therefore, the Stroh family installed almost everything inside the faucet room.

One of four “googly eyes” hidden in the pub in the new sitting room of the Chaotic Good Brewing Company on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Casson. Co-owner Scott Struh said they look forward to opening their first soft vents in the new sitting room at the end of the month or beginning of the following month.

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Straw said, pointing to a gray slate backsplash behind the bar. “Turns out, my dad and I can definitely frame a building, but not quite as fast as a group of 25-year-old contractors.”

The room’s centerpiece, the handmade bar, combines Stroh’s background as a science teacher with his love of games. The amber-coloured wood features several inlays filled with dice, doodle tiles, D&D minifigures, googly eyes, and a Nintendo Entertainment System console.

“I built the bar myself with Pat, and I want to have it so that if a guy comes in, they’re going to go, ‘Okay, yeah, that’s my people,’” Stroh said. But when the 80-year-old farmer was on the road who remembers the ’80s when D&D was ‘the devil’s work’… he wouldn’t come in and go,’ Nuh-uh. It should be comfortable and easy to handle by everyone.”

Barwood came from a decommissioned pumpkin-throwing catapult that was once used at boy scout pumpkin-throwing events. He came to Struh as a gift from an engineering student.

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Scott Straw, who owns the brewery with his wife Molly, works on a batch of seasonal “Patch Master” pumpkin beer at Chaotic Good Brewing Company’s new site on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Casson. Struh said they are looking forward to opening their first soft vents in the new sitting room at the end of the month or early next month.

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He said, “I asked a student to come to me one day, my father wants me to ask if you want to help me.” “I mean, there was only one answer to that question. You always answer that question yes.”

For Stroh, Bar talks about the philosophy of “good chaos” – in D&D games, a character with a good messy character alignment does good things for others but acts on their morals in unconventional and unexpected ways.

“We are probably the only licensed brewery to have a portion of our brewing stand made of welded-together bed frames, because I made them and that was the steel I had that day,” Stroh said.

Struh said that the tap room soft hole updates will be posted on the job site

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. On the way, Stroh said he’d like to host D&D game nights in the tap room.

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Scott Straw, who owns the brewery with his wife Molly, works on a batch of seasonal “Patch Master” pumpkin beer at Chaotic Good Brewing Company’s new site on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Casson. Struh said they are looking forward to opening their first soft vents in the new sitting room at the end of the month or early next month.

Joe Alquist / Newsletter

Chaotic Good Brewing Company

Scott Straw, who owns the brewery with his wife Molly, works on a batch of seasonal “Patch Master” pumpkin beer at Chaotic Good Brewing Company’s new location Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 in Casson. Stroh said they’re looking forward to opening their first soft hatches in the new sitting room at the end of the month or beginning of the following month.

Joe Alquist / Newsletter

Chaotic Good Brewing Company

Scott Straw, who owns the brewery with his wife Molly, works on a batch of seasonal “Patch Master” pumpkin beer at Chaotic Good Brewing Company’s new location Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 in Casson. Stroh said they’re looking forward to opening their first soft hatches in the new sitting room at the end of the month or beginning of the following month.

Joe Alquist / Newsletter

Chaotic Good Brewing Company

The Chaotic Good Brewing Company’s new brewroom on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in Cason. Co-owner Scott Struh said they look forward to opening their first soft vents in the new sitting room at the end of the month or beginning of the following month.

Joe Alquist / Newsletter


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