Beer and GIF’s. We obviously love the map that was just released on MPR news, explaining the history of Minnesota breweries.

The first heyday of Minnesota brewing came in the 1870s, when the largest number of breweries were producing beer. These, however, were mostly small family businesses that provided beer for a small area or town.

The large number of breweries began to consolidate in the 1890s and the number started to shrink more dramatically starting in 1914 as the temperance movement started to take hold. A number of Minnesota counties went dry before prohibition started in 1920 causing breweries to close. A small number of breweries were able to keep operating during prohibition, making near beer and other products, and these breweries were able to start production fairly quickly after prohibition ended in 1933.

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