Minneapolis Historic Odd Fellows Building Transforms into Community Hub

By Jonathan Cramer

The Farm and the Odd Fellows have breathed new life into a century-old Minneapolis building, with a vision to nurture connections within the local community. This multifaceted establishment, which opened its doors in May 2021, offers not one but six distinct experiences, including a coffeehouse, pickleball court, brewhouse, brewpub, and games area, all under a single roof.

Lynda Schneider, the Farm’s general manager, revealed that this project had been in development for several years, led by owners Ashley and Keir Swisher. The renovation of the Odd Fellows building took place during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The brewery component, known as “The Hops,” opened in June and serves in-house brews crafted by brewmaster Kyle Banman. Banman’s passion for homebrewing has evolved into a diverse selection of 14 unique beers, often featuring locally sourced ingredients like wheat from Ottawa County and hops from other Kansas suppliers.

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