Skip to main content

It's Craft Beer Week! Here are 6 facts about Minnesota brewers worth toasting

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Cheers to Minnesota Craft Beer Week.

Breweries around the state will be hosting tap takeovers, tours, and other events in honor of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's annual 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer, which begins Monday.

To celebrate, here's a look at craft beer in Minnesota, by the numbers.

127

That's how many licensed brewpubs and breweries are in the state, as of May 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Safety's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division.

This a huge jump from 2011, when there were just 18 brewers in the state, the agency's website shows. To put that in perspective, that's basically one new brewer every two weeks.

The Growler put together a map of all of Minnesota's breweries and brewpubs:

This embed is invalid

4,225

That's how many craft breweries there were in the United States in 2015, according to the Brewers Association. The group says that year, Minnesota had the 16th-most breweries in the United States, with 105.

$337.59

How much money the average Minnesotan 21 and over spent on craft beer in 2014, the Brewers Association says.

All told, the economic impact of the industry in the state that year was $1.3 billion, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association

631,955

That's how many barrels of craft beer is produced per year in Minnesota, the Brewers Association says. Which equates to 5 gallons for every Minnesotan who is 21 and older.

Minnesota ranks No. 12 in barrel production in the United States.

25,435

How many direct jobs the brewing industry created in Minnesota in 2014, the National Beer Wholesalers Association notes.

There were 667 brewing jobs, 2,352 wholesaling jobs and 22,416 retailing jobs, the group says.

150

Roughly how many events are going on around the state this week for the 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer.

There are a little more than 10,000 minutes in a week, and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is encouraging beer lovers to take advantage of every minute by enjoying a pint from the "Land of 10,000 beers."

The guild is also asking people to share their beer photos using the hashtags #10000Minutes, #MNCraftBeer and #MNBeerWeek.

Click here for a full list of events.

Next Up

wastewater

Evidence that omicron strains BA.4 and BA.5 are in Minnesota

The European CDC has warned of a possible significant summer surge fueled by the omicron subvariants.

driving unsplash - crop

Hastings man charged for driving drunk with 2-year-old in vehicle

Matthew Quade's BAC was almost five times over the legal limit when police pulled him over last week.

police lights

Arrest made after person shot at Hopkins apartment building

Police say this was an isolated incident and that the victim and suspect knew each other.

covid

BA.2.12.1 omicron subvariant quickly becoming dominant in MN

Experts say the subvariant is more transmissible but there is not evidence to suggest it causes more severe disease.

Erin Maye Quade

DFLer who was in labor during endorsement convention to run in primary

Maye Quade gave a speech while in active labor before she ultimately withdrew from the endorsing convention last month to give birth.

valleyfair

Valleyfair opens this weekend, reveals full summer schedule of events

New fare includes walking tacos, hand-scooped ice cream and deep-fried pickles.

Gregory Ulrich

Jury selection begins in trial of Buffalo clinic shooter, Gregory Ulrich

The Buffalo health clinic shooter is accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring four others last year.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, May 16

The latest from the state health department.

ambulance

Tow truck workers struck by hit-and-run driver on I-35

The driver was in a black 2006 Lincoln MKZ.

Governor Tim Walz

Walz, DFL, GOP reach agreement on state surplus spending

The framework deal includes spending on education, health care, human services and public safety, as well as tax cuts.

Related