Beer here: Taproom boom goes into force throughout Minnesota


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    May 16, 2019

Lupulin Brewing hot location or prefabricated clients could not exist when he opened in 2015 in a nondescript building from U. Highway 10 in Big Lake, Minn.

Lupulin began brewing what Zierdt calls on “approachable” bees to attract large-brand beer drinkers into IPA-IPAn's life and other craft brews. Local people began showing, as people in the Twin Cities passed through the area on Interstate 94 or Highway 10 on their way to cabins or lake centers.

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Cooperation with Fargo Brewing is the raspberry chocolate truffle.
Cooperation with Fargo Brewing is chocolate raspberry Fair State Brewing Cooperative.

Outcome: In four years, Lupulin from one full-time employee and a few part-timers made 330 barrels in the first year for 15 full-time workers and over 30 part-time doing 3,200 barrels last year. A new $ 4 million capital plan will help to "build a whole new brew house to start growing beyond the Minneapolis metro with our distribution," Zierdt said.

Lupulin chalk up as part of Minnesota's business boom that there was little hope in 2011 when law makers put "the bill", creating a tap license in Minnesota and allowing small breweries to sell their goods on the site. This has resulted in the opening of craft halls and breweries throughout the state from Austin to Duluth, driving businesses and building community links in urban neighborhoods and in a small town.

Before the Surly bill – named for Minneapolis craft brewery that pushed the changes – the state issued one microbrewery license or year. In 2017, the state issued 34, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Now Minnesota has 172 active brewery, most of which are nurseries.

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Not all of them succeed, and some are concerned that they are not using enough beer drinks. On the whole, however, it is a good time to get involved.

Jeff North and Collin Russell Package Pahlay cans, hazy pale lover.
To the south, Jeff North and Collin Russell packs Pahlay cans, a hazy pale lover in May 2 at Fair State Brewing Cooperative production facility in St. Paul.

The brewing and tap-tap market in Twin Cities metro area says it is still to come in other cities like Portland, Ore, and Denver, said Mike Corneille, co-founder of Pryes Brewing in northern Minneapolis. "They have many more per capita breweries," said Corneille to these other cities. "They have more breweries in their metro areas. And many more breweries are urban centers."

And these breweries are creating some interesting beer varieties.

Recently, one of the first reasonable patio days in the spring, Mike Kelly sat at a picnic table behind a tavern of Fair State Brewing Cooperative in northeast Minneapolis. He had a short glass of short-cloudy beer in front of him.

"I think it's Pina Joe-Lada," said Kelly. "There is a kind of coconut cord – it's like a coconut finish for it. It's very subtle. It's delicious."

Like many brewery owners, Evan Sallee, co-founder of Fair State, began making beer at home.

"The first time you make beer is not really very bad, all your friends tell you to start a brewery," he said. "That might not be the best idea. So we always felt that something we wanted."

The cans are filled with Pahlay, pale lovingly fun.
The cans are filled with Pahlay, a hazy pale lover, at Fair State Brewing Cooperative.

Sallee and two friends of Fair State started as a co-operative in 2013. The taproomroom opened in 2014. Sallee says the cooperative is “something more” that helps to look after the brewery from others.

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It works of a kind like a grocery cooperation. Fair State has over 1,500 members who, among other things, choose the board of directors. Members also get profit shares based on what they spend in the tap-tap.

Fair State is one of about a dozen taps in Minneapolis to the north. Sallee says the market is not saturated, but "saturated."

"As we see all these new entrants in the field and because everyone is growing, very quickly it is more difficult to get your message out there and differentiate yourself in the community," he said. it.

ST. Census data shows that the number of breweries in the United States grew between 880 and 2,802 between 2012 and 2016. Of this total, 2,605 breweries had less than 50 employees. During this period, the number of craft breweries in Minnesota exceeded that number of Wisconsin, although Wisconsin produces more beer each year.

"We're so tall as one brewery closes, it's a bit frightening," said Lauren Bennett McGinty, executive director of Guild Craft Brewers Minnesota. "But I think this will be part of the industry's natural trend. But I don't know that it has a negative impact on growth now."

Correction (May 17, 2019): An earlier version of this story canceled Mike Corneille's last name.

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