About Us

our story

texas bbq meets minnesota craft brew

Jordan and Colleen were chillin in New Orleans, listening to music, eating great food and just resting up for whatever might come next, not even sure there was something next outside of food, music, and fun. Then they met Bill Martinetto, a friend of one of their daughters and everything shifted just that quickly. Barley Bill, having just opened a brewpub in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, heard about a pretty amazing opportunity here in the North Loop of Minneapolis and corralled us in. 

We couldn’t be happier. Rapids Brewing Co. brews some of the best beer Jordan has ever tasted and he was excited at the opportunity to find a good food match for the beer. After a lot of back and forth, a lot of tasting, a lot of talking, StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue was born.

The Food

Head chef Jordan Smith
Sliced brisket
Brisket and pickles on tray
Executive chef

Jordan Smith

As some former StormKing patrons know, Jordan fell in love with barbecue way before he ever went to Texas. Market BBQ on Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis will always have a special place in his heart, but it was after a trip south that he decided he was ready to commit. Just like with NY Style pizza, he wanted to eat it in his home town, so he got to work. Excellent meat from clean sources, super fun giant smoker, and a bit of a rub that allows the natural flavors of the meat to shine, not be diminished. If you love meat, you will love this barbecue.


Rapids Brewing Company

RBC is a craft brewery in northern Minnesota. We celebrate the spirit of the north in our beers, and we bring that same spirit to StormKing. From RBC’s logo to the ‘mascot’, Barley Bill, you’ll find the elements that are essential to the lifestyle in the North. The woods and the water, fire and arts, and most of all, community. The community is the heart and soul of what we do and we’ve made it our mission is to provide a unique gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

The Beer

Men sitting on patio with beers
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spectacularly brewed beer, killer barbecue, & fine company

StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue is all about a passion for great food, drink and a really great time. Quality ingredients, care and passion are at the heart of everything we make. It’s what makes our beer, barbecue, and cocktails stand out from the rest.

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