Ale, yeah! Minnesota becomes the No. 10 craft beer state as sales and interest surge
The amount of suds produced in the state in 2012 skyrocketed with an 80 percent increase in barrels over 2011 — the second highest jump of any state in that period, according to the Brewers Association, a national trade organization.
With about 50 craft breweries — more than double the amount in 2011 — Minnesota became the No. 10 craft beer-producing state, the association said.
And with passage in 2011 of the state’s taproom law, or the “Surly bill,” allowing breweries to sell pints on site and with the upswing of an overall “locavore” movement to consume more locally produced food and drink, brewers and industry insiders are raising their glasses to what looks to be a growing future.