We Can Haz Microbrewery?
It is not easy to open a Microbrewery in Minneapolis, but there is an effort to change that situation. Which I assume would be good, because it would mean more beer, and better beer.
According to City Council Member Gary Schiff, “To open a microbrewery, the City of Minneapolis also makes you open a restaurant. That’s some pretty heavy overhead … the costs of running a restaurant means there is little money left to cover the costs of packaging and distribution, so locally-brewed beer never gets in stores.”
According to a press release from Gary Schiff’s office:
A handful of local startup breweries are poised to open with the help of the new legislation, including Fulton Beer, Harriet Brewing, 612Brew, Longfellow Brewing, and Steel Toe Brewing.
“This is a great opportunity to build community,” said Jason Sowards, who hopes to open Harriet Brewing this year on Minnehaha Avenue. “Residents can come fill a growler and can come to the source of where their microbrew is being made. I get to meet the people who love my beer, and help boost the local economy. It cuts out the middleman and helps a local startup company at the same time.”
Craft brewing is a growing $7 billion dollar industry in the United States, with sales up 10% in 2009 according to the Brewers Association, the trade organization for the craft industry. “Changing our regulations can help Minneapolis capture our share of a growing industry, and help build a movement of Minneapolis-made products,” said Schiff.
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