After Surly bill, 6 breweries open bars

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The Star Tribune reports that nothing changed the face of the tavern scene this year in the Twin Cities more than what became known as the Surly bill, which allowed local breweries to sell pints on site.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill in May 2011, and already six taprooms have opened, including bars at Stillwater's Lift Bridge Brewing, Excelsior Brewing, St. Paul's Summit, and Harriet Brewing, Fulton Brewing and Indeed Brewing, all in Minneapolis.

In other brewing news, the Star Tribune reports startup Bad Weather Brewing is moving into the same building in Minnetonka as Lucid and Badger Hill, under the same alternating proprietorship arrangement that allows the brewers to share space and equipment. Bad Weather plans to unveil Windvane, a red ale, early in the new year.

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