Surly bill helps Minnesota tap into craft beer boom

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The number of breweries in Minnesota has nearly doubled in just the last two years, Minnesota Public Radio reports. Dangerous Man Brewing, which opens to the public Jan. 25 in northeast Minneapolis, is one of 53 licensed beer makers in the state.

The "Surly bill," which made it legal for breweries to sell pints of their beer on site, has helped open the door for more Minnesota beers. Surly Brewing Co., one of the larger breweries in the state, lobbied for the legislation in 2011. Two years later, MPR says the state has issued more than a dozen taproom licenses.

Last week, the Pioneer Press reported Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is the latest production to join the growing number of microbreweries and brewpubs in Duluth. "It's been a heck of an adventure, but it's been great," co-owner Bryon Tonnis said. "It feels good to finally get things moving and to get things built and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel."

In December, Minnesota Business magazine highlighted some of the changes among beer drinkers and what it means for local businesses.

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