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It's National Beer Day! Here's a look at new breweries set to open in MN


Grab a pint – Tuesday is 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.

The Boston Herald says National Beer Day has been celebrated ever since, but has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to the American craft brewery boom. Beer advocates across the country also celebrate New Beer's Eve on April 6, TIME Magazine says.

Minnesotans are certainly enjoying a resurgence in craft beer the past few years.

MPR News reports that the number of licensed breweries in the state is expected to top 110 this year, up from just five breweries in 2005.

So, in honor of the holiday, here's a look at some Minnesota craft breweries that plan to open in the next few months.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Co.

Lakes & Legends Brewing Co., which is expected to open in Minneapolis' Loring Park neighborhood late this summer, is hoping to bring something new to Minnesota's booming craft beer industry, Beer Advocate says.

The brewers will focus on Belgian and farmhouse ales, along with limited-release brews, the brewery's website says.

"We believe that our beer will appeal not only to existing beer fans, but also to those who might not have found the styles yet that appeal to them," Ethan Applen, co-founder and CEO of Lakes and Legends, told Beer Advocate.

Construction is set to begin later this month on the 12,000-square-foot brewery and 3,500 to 4,000-square-foot taproom, which will be located on the bottom floor of the LPM Apartments – a $118 million high-rise building that opened last year, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports.

They'll also be selling growlers and 750 mL bottles, says.

Lakes & Legends aims to produce 2,000 to 3,000 barrels in its first year, the Business Journal notes.

Bad Habit Brewing Co.

Bad Habit Brewing Co. will be opening on Minnesota Street in St. Joseph this fall after the city council approved Monday an amendment to the city ordinance that allows for breweries and taprooms, and for the sale of growlers, the St. Cloud Times reports.

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Bad Habit plans to specialize in high quality small batch ales, with taps that rotate every month, the newspaper says. They'll start with four to five rotating beer varieties and home-brewed sodas, WJON reports.

And like Lakes & Legends, Bad Habit will open in an apartment building as well. The brewery's goal is to create a destination brewery at its space in the Millstream Shops and Lofts, the St. Cloud Times says.

10K Brewing

Anoka will soon be getting its very first craft brewery. 10K Brewing – a nod to Minnesota's 10,000 lakes –plans to open its 1,900-square-foot brewery and taproom this summer, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal noted.

10K recently began renovating the brewery space, and launched a Kickstarter campaign last month to help fund the endeavor.

The City of Anoka changed its ordinances in 2012 to allow for small brewers in the city, but 10K will be the first in the area, the Star Tribune reported.

“Nothing like it in the area,” Ashley Hauf, who is opening the brewery with her brother, told the Star Tribune. “Anoka has a pretty decent bar scene anyway, but we wanted to bring in craft beer and maybe a little bit different atmosphere. There’s literally nothing like it in the Anoka area.”

The Haufs will offer a rotating selection of craft beer that'll be brewed on-site, the Kickstarter campaign notes.

The plan is to open the brewery in July, and in three to five years open a second location where they'll be able to do bottling and distribution, Ashley Hauf told City Pages.

Vit.Mn also looks at a bunch of breweries in the Twin Cities to check out in 2015, including several that are new to the scene.

And if you're looking for reasons to drink beer, TIME Magazine has eight reasons to love beer on National Beer Day.

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