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Minneapolis brewery Northgate Brewing closes abruptly

NorthGate Brewing's decision came as a surprise.
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Sad news for beer fans in northeast Minneapolis – NorthGate Brewing has closed.

The company announced its sudden closure with a brusque message on Facebook Thursday morning, citing "unforeseen circumstances" behind the closure.

"So long, and thanks for all the fish," it signs off – which if you didn't know is a nod to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

As MPR notes, the owners had indicated that they were ready to sell the business on Harding Street NE back in December.

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The company started in 2012 under the ownership of homebrewers Adam Sjogren and Todd Slininger, bringing on head brewer Tuck Carruthers a short time later.

It served its first pint at Grump's Northeast in January 2013 and in October 2014 moved from its small, 780-square-foot space to its current location.

Its abrupt closure and the saturation of craft brewers in Minnesota has MPR asking whether we've reached "peak-beer."

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