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16 ounces of Modist



We at Modist Brewing Co. are pleased to announce that we’ll be releasing two of our most popular brands in 16 oz cans this coming Thursday (3/9).  The cans will be available at select liquor stores (in 4 packs), as well as a handful of bars and restaurants.  

As part of our admiration for local art, we committed to surrendering the majority of the real estate on the can to amazing art from some local artists. These first two cans are adorned with pieces from two accomplished artists that form Burlesque of North America


If you’re looking to be one of the first to snag one of these cans, a complete list of where they’ll be available can be found below. We’ll also be celebrating via a can launch party at Pat’s Tap on Thursday night. For more details, head over here



At Modist, our aim is to modify beer and how it is perceived by defying rules and expectations.  We deviate from traditional brewing by embracing creativity and unconstrained experimentation, taking an innovative approach to ingredients and techniques in order to harness raw inspiration and create a new beer experience.



First Call (currently the #1 ranked pale lager in the world on is a celebration of our favorite morning thing (coffee), and our favorite night thing (beer). We use barley and oats to create a light, clean beer with nice a full body, then infuse it with an outstanding espresso roast from local coffee roasters Wesley Andrews.  The end result is what we like to call a “24 hour lager.” It’s a light-colored, easy-drinking lager with a mind-blowing coffee punch.



DREAMYARD is a hazy crazy juicy american ipa. We use the ability of our mash filter system to create a grain bill that is almost entirely oats and wheat. The properties of the grain create a fantastic haze that helps to lock in the aromas and flavors from an insane amount of Citra and Denali hops.  The end result in incredibly juicy and citrusy treat, with predominant aromas and flavors of pineapple, peach, and passion fruit, and a very approachable level of bitterness.



We felt it important that our beers’ artwork capture our appreciation for all things alternative. To bring this vision to life we partnered with the local screen-printing, music poster-making, graphic-designing, subculture-appreciating badasses Burlesque of North America.


Mike Davis and Wes Winship are the co-owners of BRLSQ, an award-winning creative studio specializing in graphic arts and high quality screenprinting. Since 2003, the team at Burlesque has been responsible for creating concert posters, art prints, murals, logos, stage graphics, album artwork, t-shirts and more for a wide variety of clients including Rhymesayers Entertainment, Minnesota Public Radio, Arcade Fire, Chromeo, and more. 


Wes began exploring screenprinting in the late 1990s. While working as a writer, designer, and publisher of the legendary Life Sucks Die graffiti magazine, he taught himself how to use desktop publishing and design software. As he quickly outgrew the homemade screenprinting studio in the basement of his South Minneapolis apartment, Winship began building the larger, more intricate, and constantly-evolving print studio which would become Burlesque. In early 2016, Wes teamed up with fellow artist Nick Mamayek to kickstart the Burlesque Public Works Division, an offshoot of Burlesque which focuses on large scale murals and public art installations. 
Born in Nashville TN, Mike Davis grew up infatuated with video games, cartoons, action figures, and Yo! MTV Raps. While studying graphic design and extra-curricularly studying graffiti in St. Louis, he and Wes Winship became friends and began working on design projects together. This prompted Mike to move to Minneapolis to help launch Burlesque. Mike is also an accomplished DJ with over 20 years experience of entertaining you by mixing rap and funk music. He is City Pages’ Best Club DJ of 2010 and a 2012 + 2016 Red Bull Thre3style DJ Championship U.S. finalist.




For First Call, we felt that a 24 hour beer needed a 24 hour visual component. Mike captures the historic confluence of coffee and beer by exploring visualizations of day vs night, light vs dark, and the sun vs the moon – all depicted in stark black and white graphics.




We imagine a “dreamyard” to be a place where original thoughts, dreams, and desires are grown and harvested into reality. In the DREAMYARD artwork, Wes captures this concept by creating a psychedelic, mystical, colorful dream world that is just…. cool….




If you feel like being one of the first to crack into one of these cans, there will be limited amounts delivered to the following places. For a more fancier and comprehensive map of everywhere our beer is, go HERE.


South Lyndale Liquors
Pat’s Tap
Elevated Mpls
France 44
Elevated WBL
Thomas Liquors
Rapids Liqour (Coon Rapids)
First Grand Ave Liquors
Zipps Liquor
World of Beer – Lowertown
1010 Liquors
McCafferty’s Liquors
Stinson WBS
Liquor Village
Top 10 Liquors SLP
Lowertown Wine & Spirits
Minnehaha/Lake WS
Ale Jail
Park Liquors
Bacchus Wine & Spirits
Lake Wine & Spirits
Liquor Barrel – Mendota Heights
Central Ave Liquors
Perrier Liquor – Grand Ave
Gianni’s Steakhouse
B&G Liquor in NE