LTS food trailer

LTS has added a food trailer as a permanent fixture to the Northwest Rochester brewery. The plan is to have local chefs serve unique food year-round.

A Rochester brewery is cooking up a new solution to the challenge of serving food without a kitchen.

LTS or Life's Too Short brewery at 2001 32nd Ave NW is preparing to launch a permanent food trailer for a variety of local chefs to use for "pop-up" food truck service year-round.

When Jeff Werning and Brandon Schulz opened LTS in 2015 in an industrial building off of 19th Street Northwest, they opted to not add a kitchen, deciding to focus just on beer and craft sodas. During the warm months, they host a variety of food trucks on weekends and for special events.

However, Werning says their customers have told them they want more.

"We get requests for food here all the time. We have the occasional food truck, but it hasn't been consistent enough to make our customers happy," he said. "So the goal with the trailer is have food here every day."

Werning says they are talking to several chefs interested in using the kitchen on wheels to cook up some unique fare at LTS. 

If everything goes according to plan, the first pop-up could happen yet this month. The hope is to start filling out the trailer's schedule in October.

The addition of the food trailer will give LTS another unique feature amid the growing competitive brewing landscape in Rochester with Kinney Creek Brewery, Grand Rounds Brew Pub, Forager Brewery, Little Thistle Brewing, the recently opened Thesis Beer Project and the future Prime Stein Brewery.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to or at 285-7798.

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