Yet another Minnesota brewery is expanding, this time it's Lift Bridge

This time it's Lift Bridge.
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Another week, another craft brewery in Minnesota announcing ambitious expansion plans.

This time it's Lift Bridge, which announced on Tuesday it intends to build a $10 million, 35,000 square foot brewery and taproom in its home city of Stillwater.

The Pioneer Press reports it would be more than double the size of its current location on 1900 Tower Drive West, which it has outgrown on the back of the popularity of brews including its signature "Farm Girl."

A new location is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, with the brewery noting "we need a bigger brew house, a bigger packing line, bigger fermentation tanks. Everything needs to get bigger and more efficient.”

Craft breweries have flourished in Minnesota since the passage of the "Surly Bill" in 2011 that allows brewers to sell pints of their beers at on-site taprooms.

With more than 100 now in operation, the craft beer industry by 2016 was generating $1.3 billion for the Minnesota economy.

And breweries that have made a name for themselves in the wake of the bill are now looking to capitalize further by expanding their production, distribution and taproom space.

Others to have announced expansions in the past few months include:

Bent Paddle

The Duluth brewery, Minnesota's sixth largest, is opening a larger taproom and production facility right next to its existing brewery and taproom. 

That'll allow it to operate a smaller scale experimental brewery, creating unique beers for its taproom.

Modist Brewing

The brewery in Minneapolis' North Loop won notoriety when its "Dilly Dilly" beer prompted a visit from Bud Light, now it's expanding its facility.

It will more than double the brewing capacity at its North Loop facility, which will enable it to keep up with demand, increase its distribution and allow it to release "a greater variety of beers more often."

Bauhaus Brewlabs

The northeast Minneapolis fixture announced its expansion in October, intending to triple the amount of beer it can make. 

It also made changes to its taproom and opened a distribution facility in Fridley.

Summit Brewing

Minnesota's second largest craft brewery (after Schell's) suddenly started making improvements to its taproom in St. Paul in October, promising fans a "substantial facelift" of the beer hall and patio.

That said, the company is suffering from increased competition from upstart breweries, announcing it had laid off a dozen workers shortly after Christmas, the Star Tribune reports.

Surly Brewing

Not so much a physical expansion as widening its reach. The brewery known for its "Furious" and "Hell" beers expanded its distribution to Colorado this past October.

It's now available in eight states as well as Manitoba, Canada.

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