Harriet Brewing launch party at the Blue Nile

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Free Harriet Brewing beer at the Blue Nile
Harriet Brewing Company, the newest craft brewery in the Twin Cities metro, is having a launch party next Wednesday, February 9, at the Blue Nile. Harriet officially opened its doors last Saturday with growler sales at the brewery. Judging from photos posted on their Facebook page, attendance was good and sales were brisk, putting some much needed money into Harriet's coffers. Batch One, as the first beer was called, sold out yesterday. Growler sales will resume this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. The launch party at the Blue Nile will mark the first tapping of Harriet's beers in area bars. They have some special things planned for the event.

According to Harriet owner and brewer Jason Sowards, the Blue Nile launch will be the "first taste of the official 'West Side', Harriet Brewing's Belgian Pale Ale." This is the first "official" taste because the first batch didn't quite turn out as Sowards desired, thus the moniker Batch One. It can take time to dial in a new brewing system, especially when you are scaling up from five-gallon home-brew batches to professional batches of several barrels.

The Harriet Brewing Facebook page states that the first half-barrel of West Side will be on them, with free pints until it runs out. Pints will be $3 for the first half hour after that. Blue Nile beermeister Al McCarty tells me that there might also be a keg of Devine Oculust, Harriet's Belgian Golden Ale. I've tasted Soward's home-brewed version of this. If the big-system version is half as good it will be a real treat.

The Blue Nile kitchen is also preparing some special appetizers paired to the Harriet beers. McCarty didn't give me more details. For those who don't know, the Blue Nile has perhaps the greatest wings on the planet. It's worth a look at the apps menu just for those.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Blue Nile, 2027 Franklin Avenue East in Minneapolis.



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Grant
Grant

I was at the brewery to buy a growler of batch one back on 1/29. More people were there than I expected, and it was cool to meet and speak with Jason about his new brewery. Really nice guy. Photos are posted on my homebrewing blog here: http://barkingdogbeer.wordpres...

Can't wait for the Westside release tonight!!

Grant

Bee152
Bee152

I say sit back, relax and enjoy a good thing while you have it. I live in Minneapolis and work all over the country. No place, including New York City, has what Minneapolis has to offer with local craft brew selection. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Shut up and drink up!

Good luck Jason and the Harriet Brewing crew!

bri-bri
bri-bri

Glad to hear the launch went well, but increasingly curious/concerned about how many small local breweries the region can actually sustain. If they're creating new beer drinkers and/or winning over macro drinkers, hooray! If not, I suspect a near-zero-sum game of micro drinkers developing in 5-10 years.

Dert
Dert

We are on the verge of some great craft brewing here in Minneapolis... if Portland, OR can support 30+ breweries and brewpubs, we have nothing to worry about!

Michael
Michael

Right now the number of craft beer drinkers keeps increasing. But what you're talking about is a matter of discussion among some in the industry.

Michael
Michael

Dert,I agree, we are on the verge of big things here, not just in Minneapolis, but in the Upper-Midwest regionally. Including Harriet, there are three brand new breweries debuting at Winterfest tonight. I also agree that the region is not in any near-term danger of getting a beer glut. I predict that the growth in local brewing will eventually push out some of the national craft breweries newly entering the market.

The concern of which I wrote is national. Some (but by no means all) breweries are worried about a crash like what happened in the 90s. Certain conditions that existed then are starting to reappear. And although the number of craft breweries is increasing exponentially, the overall market share of craft beer is not, resulting in ever thinner pieces of the already small slice of pie.

In the mean time I agree with Bee152. Shut up and drink up.

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