BURT'S BLOG

COMING SOON: NEW BREWERY IN OLD BILLY'S LIGHTHOUSE

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There’s this old supperclub that’s been sitting on the edge of Long Lake, just past Wayzata where the 394 turns into a two-lane road, since forever. It was lastly known as Billy’s Lighthouse (before that The Hanson House in the '70s, and before that The Firefly, I think) when it closed in 2006. And after 9 years of slumber, it’s about to get a new life.

Local restaurateur and chef Burt Joseph plans to move his Birch’s Restaurant to the location, expanding and rebranding it to become Birch’s on the Lake Brewhouse & Supperclub. In its current spot, Birch’s is a hometown gathering spot where people come to see Joseph and get stone crab claws on special, a great glass of wine, and some legendary cast-iron buttermilk fried chicken. In its new iteration, Birch’s will be a two level operation with a finer menu and event space upstairs and a more loungy, casual menu below.

And beer.

Joseph has partnered with Brennan Greene, a local brewer who has just moved back from St. Louis where he was deeply rooted in the craft beer scene. Spending most of his time with Schlafly, which is Missouri’s largest locally-owned independent brewery (basically, their Summit), Greene was the main brewer for the research pilot brewery. As Head Brewer he was involved in makimore than 60 different styles of beer each year and was credited as expanding the brewery’s repertoire into sours, barrel-aging, and other specialty beers. After eight years, and thousands of batches of beer, he decided to come home and give partnership a whirl.

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