Running a business out of a grain bin isn’t the conventional route. Looking for commercial space often doesn’t include a facility for holding grain but that’s not what Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo thought when opening up Bang Brewing in 2013.
After Jay left work as a software engineer he put his full efforts into building the business from the beer up. The minimalist approach has always been something the Boss Febbo’s have adopted. Letting the beer do the talking, the lineup at Bang features a variety of brews that keep the ingredients to a minimum and squeeze out every last bit of potential from the malt, hops and even the water.
Even the names are minimal. Never more than four words, beers on tap at Bang offer up names like Nice, Good, This, Club, That and Boss amongst others.
We visited Bang in the winter where patrons grab a spot at one of the 7 bar stools or pull out lawn chairs and metal stools to sit on around the grain bin with room for 50. A popular spot in the summer, “the bin”, as locals refer to it, is tucked back on Capp Road in St. Paul, adjacent to the train tracks where more than 100 people can occupy the front concrete slab or the taproom within.
With the cozy and singular area the end of the road provides, it’s not only the distinctive environment that brings people to Bang, it’s the beer, it’s always been the beer and the Boss Febbo’s prefer it that way.