Raise a glass, it's National Beer Day! Beer lovers may argue every day is National Beer Day, but the holiday – albeit unofficial – actually has some legitimacy behind it.
It’s celebrated annually on April 7 – the day in 1933 when it became legal to sell (low-content) beer again in 19 states (including Minnesota) after prohibition ended, the National Constitution Center says.
So in honor of Thursday and Minnesota's 100-plus breweries, we've gathered the latest beer news from around the state:
Minnesota's 1st beer is coming back
That's right. The first beer ever brewed in the state is coming back more than 165 years later, The Growler reports.
Anthony Yoerg came to Minnesota from Germany and began brewing beer and cold-fermenting beer in caves along the Mississippi River back in 1848 – 10 days before Minnesota became a state, the publication explains.
Yoerg Beer closed its doors in the 1950s, Yoerg Beer's website says, but now Thomas Keim and Carole Minogue are bringing it back – just like the original.
Yoerg plans to release four types of beers over the next year, with the first – Yoerg's Beer, a 100 percent steam-brewed "malty, roasty/toasty beer" – expected in late June.
It'll be available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and half barrels, the brewing company says.
Yoerg is also expected to release three other styles: Bock Beer, a traditional bock, expected in the late fall; Picnic Beer, a summer seasonal pilsner, expected in summer 2017; and Strong Beer, a winter seasonal doppelbock, expected in winter 2017, the company's website says.
The Growler says Yoerg will be brewing at Wisconsin's Octopi Brewing, but has long-term plans of opening a nanobrewery and taproom in St. Paul – where the original beer was created.
Check out Yoerg's website for a detailed look at Minnesota's brewing history.
Minnesota is also adding to its long list of craft breweries. Here's a look at the breweries that are opening and expanding in the new future:
Clockwerks Brewing is also expected to open in Minneapolis. The Business Journal says the brewery will be in the Warehouse District – next door to downtown dance clubs – sometime this spring. Clockwerks has been providing occasional updates on the brewery and taproom's progress on its Facebook page.
Surly Brewing Company, which is credited with helping start Minnesota's craft beer boom, is growing.
The brewery announced it's expanding its distribution into the Dakotas and Nebraska. Last year, Surly began distributing in Wisconsin after previously pulling out of the market to better meet distribution needs in the Twin Cities.