Mayor R.T. Rybak signs the taproom license ordinance
|Mayor Rybak and the brewers are ready to pour one out.|
But while Fulton already has a location in the city, the question remains: Does this mean Surly's mega-brewery is coming to Minneapolis?
Beer lovers rejoiced back in May when Surly owner Omar Ansari successfully lobbied for a change in Minnesota state law that would allow brewers to sell pints of their own beer on premise. Ansari was able to push the so-called Surly bill with one seductive promise: A $20 million destination brewery with a restaurant and a beer garden, location to-be-determined. A tidal wave of support for the bill followed.
|Eyes on the prize: the dream Surly brewery.|
The language of the Minneapolis ordinance closely follows that of the state law--basically it says a brewery that produces less than 250,000 barrels a year may apply for a license to sell pints on-site. Read the whole ordinance here.
"We're making it easier for Minnesota beer drinkers to drink Minnesota beer and create jobs here," said Rybak in a press release (The mayor has been openly coveting the Surly brewery for his fair city since plans for it were announced).
After the signing earlier today, Surly tweeted out victoriously:
Wait, was that a promise?
"It certainly makes Minneapolis a viable option," says Ansari coyly. "We hope to be getting to site selection in the next month or two."
So, no. But he does say he has a big announcement to make on the matter in the next week or so. We'll all just have to stay tuned.
|The beginnings of the Fulton taproom in the North Loop.|
The owners of Fulton are busily working away at their taproom in the North Loop and expect to be open for business in October or November. Lift Bridge Beer in Stillwater is even further along in the process, and if its inspections go smoothly, the company expects to open the state's first taproom on September 16.
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