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Brews/booze news: spirits, new brewery and Summit in a can

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Friday seems a good day to review some of the week's news and updates regarding what's shaking among the producers of Minnesota's fine adult beverages.

The Business Journal reports that Summit will soon truly be a can-do brewery. The St. Paul company is turning a former tile shop into a cannery for its beer. Summit purchased the 40,000 square foot Twin City Tile & Marble Company building located next to its brewery. It will begin offering their popular line of suds in a can by next year.

Minnesota Business is counting down to the the groundbreaking of Surly's new destination brewery in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Mayor R.T. Rybak will join the company's founder and head brewer at the October 29 event. The new space will allow the brewery to up its output to 100,000 barrels a year. The brewery sits will include a bar, beer garden, and restaurant.

The Pioneer Press pumped up 11 Wells Spirits. When it opens in January in St. Paul’s former Hamm’s Brewery complex, it will be the first distillery to open in the Twin Cities since Prohibition.

A bill passed in the last session of the last session of the legislature cut the red tape involved in opening a distillery. Keep that in mind the next time you're tempted to say politicians never do anything.

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