Stats show Minnesota now ranks 10th in craft brew production


Craft breweries seem to be popping up around the metro like so many rabbits, and some numbers underscore this belief: In 2012, Minnesota craft brew production jumped 80 percent over the previous year.

So says the Pioneer Press, which takes a numbers-based look at the industry that some experts say puts Minnesota in the top 10 nationally. The paper estimates that there are roughly 50 craft breweries around the state.

The paper's own analysis puts August Schell and Summit breweries at the top in the state, with Schell cranking out 131,000 barrels in 2012, and Summit weighing in with 112,000.

Nationally, the PiPress story relies on stats from the Brewers Association. Minnesota brewers produced 308,000 barrels total last year, the paper says, behind No. 9 Wisconsin's 398,000.

(Don't worry, Cheeseheads, we're sure you'll make it to the top someday. We have complete faith in your ability to produce and consume beer.)

Miller and Anheuser-Busch run about 80 percent of the market, not surprisingly, but there are now 2,300 cvraft brweries nationwide, the most since the 1880s,

Minnesota has a craft brewery for every 112,000 residents and a craft beer market share estimated at about 10 percent, the prez of the Minnesota Brewer's Guild tells the paper. Bend, Ore., on the other hand, has a craft brewery for every 9,000 residents.

Number 1? Vermont. Called "the Disneyland of beer" by one observer, the state has a local brew house for every 25,000 residents, but production there fell off in 2012.

Indeed, some are already warning that Minnesota craft consumers may be headed toward last call, with a market saturation a consideration.

Another disheartening notion from another industry insider: "It's only a matter of time before some of our breweries get gobbled up by one of the big brewers."

Next Up

Grand casino

Grand Casino celebrates 30th anniversary with more than cake

Hundreds of thousands of winning dollars are on the table.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.01.25 AM

Police killing of Daunte Wright: Here's what we know so far

Brooklyn Center police fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, April 11.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.27.03 AM

Calls for quick release of bodycam footage in police killing of Daunte Wright

The ACLU-MN is among the groups calling for full transparency.

Sean Sutherlin

Gophers land New Hampshire transfer guard Sean Sutherlin

The former Irondale standout is a gifted rebounding guard.

street racing lowry hill tunnel

Street racers shut down Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis on Sunday

The incident was reported early Sunday morning; no arrests have been made.

Image from iOS (1)

Fatal police shooting sparks civil unrest in Brooklyn Center

A robust presence of police and National Guard will be seen Monday.

police tape, crime scene

Two men die after being found shot in south Minneapolis

It followed a crash in the Phillips neighborhood.

Screen Shot 2021-04-11 at 10.57.19 PM

Flash bangs, tear gas used amid chaotic scenes following fatal police shooting

A crowd had gathered outside Brooklyn Center Police Department following the death of Daunte Wright.

Babatunde Aiyegbusi / Apollo Crews

Former Viking Babatunde Aiyegbusi makes a splash at WrestleMania

The former lineman was part of a big Minnesota presence at WrestleMania weekend.

Image from iOS (3)

Man shot dead by police during incident in Brooklyn Center

This story will be updated as information becomes available.


Local craft brew owners donate all proceeds to fight invasive species

A trio of Twin Cities friends have formed a craft crew company with only one goal in mind: to donate 100 percent of its proceeds to the fight against invasive species in Minnesota Lakes. On the market since May, the Tonka Beer Company's Big Island Shandy has already become a hit, and has enabled the friends to contribute $10,000 to the cause.

Summit Brewing accelerates $6M expansion project

Summit Brewing Co., Minnesota's largest craft brewer, plans to break ground Friday on a $6 million addition of its St. Paul brewery, the Business Journal reports. Construction was slated to start next June. “We’ve hit the wall on capacity. We had to cut 12 brews this year due to capacity issues, so the original expansion date of June 2013 has been moved to this month," CEO and founder Mark Stutrud said in a news release.