Minnesota Brewery News: November 2013
The craft beer scene continues to heat up in Minnesota, making it one of the top 10 craft beer states according to the Brewers Association. New breweries are opening nearly every month, and some established brands are expanding into new locations. Here's a look at the latest openings, as well as what's on the horizon.
In St. Paul, a trio of breweries is creating a new "craft beer corridor" near the new light rail line, which will begin operating in mid-2014. Bang Brewing Company, located in a metal silo, has a taproom open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. Opening in early 2014, Burning Brothers Brewing will specialize in gluten-free beer. Next up, Urban Growler Brewing Company will sell beer and food in the taproom and is one of the area's only female-owned breweries.
In northwest Minnesota, Bemidji Brewing Company has a taproom open Thursday-Saturday, which offers four or more beers on tap as well as craft sodas. Visitors can try all of the day's selections on a "Sample Paddle." Another newcomer, ENKI Brewing in Victoria serves a beer-friendly menu with suggested pairings on Thursdays-Saturdays, as well as during Monday night football games. Now open in downtown Buffalo, Hayes Public House is the town's first brewery, and Minneapolis recently welcomed a cider house called Sociable Cider Werks as well as The Freehouse, a brewpub serving four of its own beers alongside crafts from Minnesota and beyond.
Further down the line, Surly Brewing Co., which recently opened a taproom at its Brookyln Center location, will debut a new destination brewery in Minneapolis in 2014. Summit Brewing Company and Fulton Brewing Company are also expanding their operations in the Twin Cities.