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|The Barley John's crew breaks ground in New Richmond|
When the much publicized Taproom Bill, or Surly Bill, passed in 2011, it gave the green light for a brewing boom in Minnesota. But for John Moore, co-owner of Barley John's Brew Pub in New Brighton, it was the final insult after years of striving for legislative action that would allow his business to expand locally.
That's because while the bill allowing taprooms gave an economic boost to production breweries, it did nothing to help local brewpubs increase distribution. (Brewpubs can serve their own beer -- and the beer and liquor of other companies -- to patrons, but they cannot can, bottle, or keg their beer to sell to bars, restaurants, and stores.)
So earlier this year, Barley John's announced plans to keep its New Brighton brewpub but open a production brewery in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
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