(Minneapolis, MN) – Here are a few nuggets I collected from the Minnesota Public Radio broadcast this morning.
- Surly Brewing hopes to have its new location selected “in a couple months” but didn’t give any new information on the search.
- Summit Brewing will produce 104,000 barrels of beer this year (up from around 97k barrels this past year) and is conducting a study to see if a taproom would be viable in light of the Surly bill recently passing. Will be investing considerably in expansion over the next couple years and have invested $26 million into the current facility.
- Summit President says that he has grown weary of rising craft beer elitism. Says the attitude that craft beer is the “end-all be-all” is the craft beer community taking ourselves too seriously. Says that we need not be crtical of those that choose to drink Budweiser.
- Town Hall Brewery ownership would like to build a brewery but says current Minnesota law prevents them from doing it. Summit President noted that some have concerns that big brewers like AB would come in and start brewery chains or tied houses if that part of law was changed.
- An economist also on the broadcast was very critical of the process of giving tax breaks to other companies to come into a local market, saying that it is a very cumbersome process in local governments where a lot of resources and manpower are devoted.