Brews news: Beer fest, new craft brewery and malthouse on tap

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TGIF: Thank goodness it's foamy. Friday seems a good day for some beer and brewing news!

Suds lovers are in the countdown for this year's Twin Cities Craft Beer Festival, which will feature what WCCO called "the craftiest of beers" from nearly 75 different breweries, each showcasing two of their limited release and seasonal offerings. Craft-made ciders and meads will also be served.

Saturday's event at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis features a souvenir tasting glass, informative seminars for brew students and unlimited 2-ounce samples from breweries.

Next year, participants will have a few more local brews to choose from. The Business Journal reports the Able Seedhouse + Brewery will move into a former light bulb factory in Northeast Minneapolis, transforming it into a brewery and malthouse that is scheduled to open in the fall.

The malting works, or seed house, will allow Able to process malt grains sourced from farmers in the Upper Midwest. A percentage of the grain malted there will be used to make beer onsite.

The brewery will include a 20-barrel brewing system, a 2,000-square-foot taproom with about 150 seats, and a 1,200-square-foot patio area. In its first year, the company expects to produce up to 3,000 barrels of beer.

The Washington BeerBlog notes that the Seattle Cider Company will launch a selection of dry craft ciders in Minnesota, which will become the ninth state to carry the company's line.

“Minnesota’s dedication to craft has always amazed us," said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. "It was a natural choice for our next state"

Seattle Cider Company's products are made from Washington apples and will be available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft as of May 4. Seattle Cider Company plans tastings and events to introduce Minnesota to the line.

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