About Us

Amy & Jamie

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub is a restaurant with an on-site craft brewery and the first of its kind in Minneapolis in over a decade.  We recently won the "Best Brewpub" award in the City Pages 2013 Best of the Twin Cities issue.

Our concept is a menu of sandwiches and entrees based on our house-smoked meats, with high quality craft beer to match.  The atmosphere is cozy and classy with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows.  There are 19 bar seats, 56 dining seats and 56 outdoor seats during patio season.  We are comitted to being your neighborhood hang out joint.

BREWER: Jamie Robinson

Like many brewers today, I started on a homebrew kit in 2001. Fast forward to 2007. I had just sold my limo company and I was an Assistant Manager at the award winning Town Hall Brewery. I worked there for three years, learning every aspect of managing a brewpub. In fall 2010, as Town Hall was revving up to open the Town Hall Tap, I attended a Siebel Institute brewing program and stepped into brewery to hone my brewing skills back at Town Hall. Now, I am proud to be part of Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub.

MANAGER: Amy Johnson

I was lucky to have traveled quite a bit when I was a young. Those experiences are what inspired me to want to work in the hospitality industry. After working in the industry during high school I went the University of Wisconsin – Stout and earned a bachelor degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management in 2005.

While earning my bachelor's degree I studied abroad for a semester in The Netherlands. That experience led me back to Europe to earn my Master's degree in Tourism and Leisure studies. This is where my love for beer was first formed. Three weeks into my first semester there I took a trip to Belgium, tried some Kriek and a Hoegaarden, and I was hooked.

When I returned from traveling from Europe I worked at Stub and Herb's, one of the premier craft beer bars in the Twin Cities. I was a server and bartender there for nearly three years. With 32 rotating tap lines I was able to try nearly every style of beer from hundreds of breweries throughout the United States. This job helped me develop my passion for craft beer and inspired me to pursue a career serving it.

Chef: Jason Foster

Chef Jason Foster was born in Corsicanna, Texas. He moved over thirty times throughout the central United States by his early twenties. Chef Foster’s cuisine is as motley as his background stitched together by smoke and beer. For him, smoke and beer conjures memories of sitting around a campfire while creating memories with friends and family. Chef Foster strives to bring that sense of intimacy and community of the campfire to the table at this neighborhood brewpub.

Chef Foster began his culinary career preparing food at Restaurant Alma. He attributes his approach in the kitchen to his mentors there. Jason took over the kitchen at Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub in August of 2013. Chef Foster utilizes this creative outlet to smoke everything his heart desires. Although his approach is often keeping food simple, the flavors that he creates are complex.

“The wood you choose is so important. Not just in the flavor imparted to the food, but it also affects the texture significantly.” Chef Foster doesn’t just utilize the in-house smokers. He also uses beer, components of beer production (wort), and byproducts of beer crafting (spent grain). His approach to the menu is akin to the beer offerings. With three seasonal menus and weekend specials, there is always something new for our guests to savor.