Harriet Brewing is closing at the end of January

The brewery said it was being forced to relocate – which it decided against.
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Harriet Brewing is closing.

The brewery, located at 3036 Minnehaha Ave., broke the news Tuesday that it will shut down after Jan. 31, 2017.

"Development plans for our property do not align with Harriet," so the brewery said it was forced to relocate but decided not to do that either. It's not clear what those development plans are.

"After much contemplation, it has become apparent that Harriet can only exist in it’s current location. Attempting to relocate and repeat would be lame. Relocating would require a new brand and business plan, and, frankly, starting another brewery now seems unoriginal and risky in this saturated market," the brewery said.

The brewery, which specializes in German and European style beers, plans to celebrate over the next three months, saying "the music will rock and the beer will flow till the end."

Harriet Brewing was one of the first breweries to open a taproom in Minnesota following the passage of the "Surly bill," which made it possible for breweries to sell their product on-site, The Growler reports.

Seven other breweries and brewpubs opened that year, including Steel Toe Brewing, Olvalde, Castle Danger, Boom Island, North Loop Brew Co. (formerly Lucid) and Dubh Linn Brew Pub, MNBeer.com says.

Harriet Brewery marks the fourth Minnesota brewer to close since 2011, CityPages notes.

GoMN has reached out to Harriet Brewing and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild for further comment.

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