The Line just published a piece about the Twin Cities brew boom. It’s a great article, especially for those just learning about the explosion of craft breweries and the impact on local economy.
In 2013, 14 new craft breweries fired up fermenters and taproom operations. A dozen or so more have—including Day Block Brewing Co. and The Freehouseon Washington Avenue in Minneapolis—or will open in 2014.
All are doing their part to turn neighborhoods into top-of-mind destinations. New taprooms planned just off the Green Line at Surly Brewing Companyand Urban Growler Brewing promise to become neighborhood hubs that draw revelers by train, foot and bike. Bang Brewing, around the corner from Urban Growler, is already a Friday night hotspot.
Northeast craft breweries like Dangerous Man Brewing Company and 612Brew support local restaurants—and even nearby bars—by allowing in outside food and welcoming food trucks to their curbs. Brewing is at the forefront of East Lake Street’s transition from shopping district to bona fide cultural hub. From the Ward One councilman who advocates for the “Northeast Brew District” to the development cooperative that houses Minnesota’s first brewing coop, local leaders and entrepreneurs are facilitating the craft beer industry’s development, which is reinvigorating neighborhoods in the process.
Read more here.