Microbrewing on tap beyond Twin Cities' urban core

  • Article by: Susan Feyder , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 7:28 AM

As Minnesota’s microbrewery boom ripples outward from the core cities, suburbs are responding with mixed degrees of enthusiasm — eager for a piece of the urban vibe but navigating around issues such as odor, noise and competition with their own municipal liquor stores.

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averagejoe55Dec. 6, 1310:56 PM

If you build it, they will come... and enjoy.

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batman50Dec. 6, 1311:08 PM

Getting some of these burbs to change is probably about as easy as getting the state to wake up and sell on sundays. I happen to live in the bermuda triangle of liquor stores (the 3 Lakeville owned Munis). It's miles and miles to any of them and just about as far to one of the VERY FEW bars in the whole town. Sure would be nice to be able to chat at a local watering hole. Maybe even bike there!

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donm251Dec. 7, 1312:24 AM

Minnesota needs to abandon it's 1930's liquor laws and provide more freedom to business's.

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verbatimDec. 7, 13 4:39 AM

It seems to me the "cities" breweries are in industrial areas for the most part. I don't think Surly is going to brew under the Witch's Hat. Rather next to the tracks. In St. Paul Midway is the new spot for brews- lots of train tracks and warehouses. The thing is- if you build it in the suburbs there isn't necessarily anything else to draw consumers. If yr in the "cities" you can probably find something to do before/after having a pint at a tap house.

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corngo4rDec. 7, 13 6:08 AM

Minnesota is so behind the times. Odors? better shut down every bakery or restaurant. As for making products and expanding products they are so lagging too. Microbrews should be an experience. Make a good product, partner with a really good chef at a place that is a great buidling with your equipment on display. Just go to Chicago and check out Goose. And there is a whole slue of brewers coming up behind it as well Other brewers have their brews in restaurants with really good food. Pair good brews with really good food is the best plan. Those that like really good food like really good drinks.

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samiamDec. 7, 13 6:57 AM

There are some great Breweries opening up north as well. Bent Paddle in Duluth is one of my favorites. Also Castle Danger brewing is building a new facility in Two Harbors that will include a taproom

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tcatheartDec. 7, 13 7:16 AM

In my opinion, only allowing municipal liquor stores in a given city should be illegal. It becomes a monopoly for the city. They can charge what ever price they want for a product and only have to be mildly competitive in relation to the distance to the next privately owned liquor store. I live in central MN and Sauk Rapids has ONE municipal liquor store for the entire city. There is no competition. And guess what the prices are like compared to liquor stores in bordering cities...

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slikweasel21Dec. 7, 13 7:19 AM

Castle Danger's new taproom is going to be great. I will however miss the drive to the middle of nowhere on Lake Superior to procure some great brew. Great news for Two Harbors though.

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corngo4rDec. 7, 13 8:01 AM

Is there any place in the cities that has an extensive numuber of taps? Chicago has lots of places to try up to 40 taps.That would be something that the burbs could promote without the "headache" of a microbrewery. Looking at the names on display at the airport kioks there are plenty of minnie brews to keep it local. Minnesota needs to develop and promote its own microbrew pocket like so. Wi, Chicago, west coasat, east coast and great lakes region. Maybe central points of trying established minnie brewers would open the door to "production" facilities in the burbs. I am sure there are plenty of places such as the shores of Lake Tonka with killer views that a beer/food estalishment would do pretty well and the burb would be willing to accept the tax revenue.

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billybillyDec. 7, 13 8:58 AM

"Is there any place in the cities that has an extensive numuber of taps?" ..........If you are taking about brewpubs, it wouldn't be financially possible to have a lot of taps because they would need the space and equipment to make the beer. There are a few good bistros that serve upwards of 60 craft brews. The Republic's are probably the best (great food too) and the Happy Gnome in Saint Paul. Beer pairing dinners are top notch, but you have to be aware of them.

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