We are happy to finally announce the hiring of local brewing industry expert Brett Splinter as our Directory of Hospitality. In his role, Splinter will sit on the brewery’s leadership team and oversee operations, experiences and events at both the Stillwater, Minn. taproom and our New Richmond, Wisc. taproom, which will open to the public on Saturday, May 1.
Splinter brings more than 10 years of Minnesota brewery experience to the expanding business, where he previously worked in touring and events early in his career. Most recently, he founded Barrel Theory in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood in 2016 and served as its President. The brewery was an immediate success, earning a top-10 ranking from USA Today in 2018 as one of America’s best new breweries. Prior to starting his own project, he was Director of Technology at Surly Brewing Co. where he was instrumental in launching the destination taproom in Minneapolis. Splinter, who has also given tours at Summit Brewing Co., is excited to get back to the eastern Twin Cities suburbs where he grew up.
“Joining the growing team at Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is a tremendous opportunity and I’m looking forward to spreading my passion for bringing people together over great food, delicious beer and kick-ass events and parties. As a former garage homebrewer similar to the brewery’s founders, I’m excited to inspire all beer drinkers through Lift Bridge’s culture and introduce an unforgettable experience to the new taproom in New Richmond, Wisc.” – Brett Splinter
Earlier this month, we announced plans to expand to New Richmond, WI. Opening a second taproom and production facility that will provide more offerings for guests and increase brewing capacity. The new taproom, approximately 1,200 square-feet seating 60 guests inside and 48 guests outside, will feature large LED menu boards and outdoor games. The Lift Bridge team will look to Splinter to help guide the May 1 opening of space, which is being leased by Twin Cities specialty beverage maker Big Watt.
We couldn’t ask for a better partner and leader than Brett as we continue to expand our community, team and space with our New Richmond opening. As a former staff member and local industry pioneer, Brett possesses the shared vision of our leadership team to grow our brand in Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond.
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