A Wisconsin brewery is expanding to Minnesota ... but it's not New Glarus

We want Spotted Cow on tap.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

The headline "Wisconsin brewery expanding to Minnesota" will doubtless cause some beer lovers to sit up and say "Could it be?"

Sorry, but New Glarus isn't the brewery in question. It's not ending its Wisconsin-only business model and bringing Spotted Cow across the border.

No, the brewery in question is Milwaukee-based City Lights Brewing Co., which announced at the start of February that it's expanding its market to Minnesota and Illinois.

They will start off serving the St. Cloud and Duluth markets, with the company hosting a "tap invasion" event at the 7th West Taphouse in St. Cloud on Thursday evening.

The Business Journals reports it is partnering on its expansion with St. Cloud distributor Bernick's, and will expand into the Twin Cities next month.

Now we don't want to be unfair to City Lights, their beer is clearly popular enough to warrant an expansion into other states and hell yes we'll try some ... but damn Spotted Cow is good.

It's likely that Minnesotans will keep having to cross the border to get their New Glarus fix for the foreseeable future.

MinnPost spoke to owner Deb Carey in 2016, who said there's "no reason" to deal with the complexity of selling outside their own state.

"We're growing so fast and it’s still hard to keep up with demand here," she said.

Next Up

Thighstop - news release photo

Amid wing shortage, chicken chain launches new chicken thigh meal deals

Prices for chicken wings have skyrocketed over the past year.

life-731138_1280

Legislature approves $220K bill for swimming lessons, lifeguard training

The funding would help at-risk and low-income children learn to swim, as well as address lifeguard shortages.

Facebook - Conway Community Center fire June 20 2021 - SPFD

Fire at St. Paul community center may have been started intentionally

The blaze was reported in the early hours of Sunday morning.

TCF Bank Stadium

Gophers announce sporting events will be at full capacity in 2021-22

Teams had to play in front of empty arenas and stadiums in 2020 due to COVID-19.

YoUTube - ISD 197 screengrab

School board approves new name for Henry Sibley High School

But the decision to rename the Mendota Heights school wasn't unanimous.

Stock market chart

Charges: 2 Minnesota men made thousands on 'pump-and-dump' scheme

They're accused of hijacking shell companies and pumping up stock prices before selling them for profit.

Delta

Edina executive slams Delta after he's accused of trafficking daughter with special needs

The letter comes after a recent flight in which he was accused of human trafficking.

police tape, crime scene

More human body parts found in Minneapolis

The body parts have now been found in three locations.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 8.08.05 PM

Three people shot outside bar in Dayton's Bluff neighborhood

Police were called to the scene early Sunday morning after two men and a woman were shot outside Cheers Pub.

Related

Lift Bridge buys land for its $10M new Stillwater home

It will allow it to double the size of its taproom, and churn out significantly more beer.

Wisconsin's Stockholm Pie Co. is expanding to Minnesota

This is one Wisconsin invasion we can get behind!

Mpls. brewery leaving due to crime eyes new digs in Minnetonka

Its owner said he wanted to move after a shooting outside his establishment in September.

Surly Darkness Day is moving ... to Wisconsin

The Minnesota brewery is crossing the border to expand the event.

New craft brewery to land in Northeast Minneapolis

Falling Knife is aiming to open by late summer.