First Black Woman-Owned Brewery, Bubble Line

First Black Woman-Owned Brewery, Bubble Line, Opening In Minnesota In 2025 With Kid-Friendly Space And Brewer Apprenticeships

Trailblazing Brewery Bubble Line to Offer Kid-Friendly Oasis and Apprenticeships

A groundbreaking new brewery is on the horizon in Minnesota. Bubble Line Brewing Company, set to open in early 2025 in St. Paul’s historically Black Rondo neighborhood, will be the state’s first Black woman-owned brewery.

Brittney Mikell, the visionary founder behind Bubble Line, aims to diversify the brewing industry while creating an innovative and inclusive space.

Diverse Representation and Community Engagement

“The brewing industry isn’t very diverse in our state and in general as it stands,” said Mikell. “We tend to get a lot of innovation and a lot of new thoughts when there’s diversity involved in the picture.”

Beyond just beer, Mikell envisions Bubble Line as a warm, plant-filled oasis offering respite from Minnesota’s harsh winters. The brewery will feature kid-friendly spaces, apprenticeship programs for brewers of color, and a menu with non-alcoholic options like lemonade and lattes.

“We’re really focused on innovation — you have to make a damn good beer,” Mikell told Eater Twin Cities. One highlight will be the Honeycrisp apple blonde ale.

Sustainable Practices and Community Focus

Bubble Line aims to be a model for inclusivity and sustainability. Mikell plans to pay staff a living wage, implement eco-friendly brewing practices, and host several community events. A library nook stocked with home-brewing books will further foster education and engagement.

“The brewing world matures because it’s been around for a little bit, that innovation piece is going to be really important,” Mikell said.

Crowdfunding Success and Future Plans

An initial crowdfunding campaign raised over $20,000 in under a week for the pioneering venture. According to CBS News, Mikell will soon announce another effort seeking $500,000 in donations to bring this vision to life fully.

The brewery’s name, Bubble Line, is derived from a chemistry term Mikell learned in college – a nod to her scientific background that ignited her passion for brewing.