SAUK RAPIDS - Roy Dodds' dream of opening his own brew pub in Sauk Rapids has been years in the making, and its finally a reality.

The Urban Moose Brewing Company on Benton Drive will have a few private practice runs over the weekend, then officially be open to the public on Monday.

Dodds describes them as an on-site brewery and brew pub.

Breweries and tap rooms like Beaver Island and Bad Habit are a wholesale distributor. They sell their beer to bars and restaurants and liquor stores. We are a retailer so that means while we can make our own beer, we can't sell it anywhere but on our own property.

Dodds says they'll have nine of their own beers available, plus a full bar including wine. Their menu includes Flying Pig Pizza, plus a broader menu of other options.

Dodds says one unique feature is their 'no tipping' policy.

We've built into our prices the cost of labor. We pay our staff between $10 and $15 an hour. So, more of a living wage. So, the customer doesn't have to be confused. And it makes the employees all one team.

Urban Moose Brewing Company will be open seven days a week at 11:00 a.m. each day.

Urban Moose Brewing Company, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Urban Moose Brewing Company, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Urban Moose Brewing Company, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Urban Moose Brewing Company, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice