Minnesota breweries among best in the nation

Summit Brewing, August Schell Brewing and Cold Spring Brewing are among the top 50, according to the Brewers Association. St. Paul-based Summit was also ranked as one of the nation's largest craft brewers.
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Summit Brewing, August Schell Brewing and Cold Spring Brewing are among the top 50, according to the Brewers Association. St. Paul-based Summit was also ranked as one of the nation's largest craft brewers.

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