GIVE THANKS (WITH GROWLERS & GEAR)

GROWLERS & THANKSGIVING: A PERFECT PAIRING

If you’re looking to bring something unique to your Thanksgiving feast, a growler of Fulton will make you a popular guest, and you'll be at least a little more original than your cousin who brought the bottle of merlot. White meat? The crisp, slightly sweet Lonely Blonde will shine the spotlight on Grandma’s mashed potatoes and your organic veggies. Dark meat? The rich, indulgent Libertine will call from across the room to the cinnamon sweet potatoes and candied pecans as well as the ubiquitous pumpkin pie. We're open from 3-10 on Thanksgiving Eve, and in addition to Lonely Blonde and Libertine, we have growlers of Sweet Child of Vine, The Ringer, and Batch 300 available.

SEND US YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS (& WE'LL SEND YOU OURS)

We want to show you off on the wall at the taproom! Mail us your holiday card and we’ll put your smiling face up on the wall, next to all your Fulton friends and neighbors. In exchange, we’ll mail our card to you so everyone who stops by knows how important you are to us! Here’s our mailing address: Fulton Brewing 414 6th Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55401

BUTCHER & THE BOAR BEER BASH

Join us tonight at Butcher & The Boar for live music by Drew Peterson and The Dead Pigeons, a special Butcher & The Boar crafted Libertine sausage and 8 Fultons on tap: Knob Creek Barrel-Aged Libertine Batch 300 Libertine 2012 Worthy Adversary Unfiltered War & Peace Lonely Blonde Ringer Sweet Child of Vine If this doesn't sound fun to you, there's an "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of this email.

BLACK FRIDAY: IT'S BETTER AT THE BREWERY

We’ll be open from Noon - 11:00 on Friday so that you can take a break from shopping to stop in and have a beer. Or, if you’re all done by noon, you could treat yourself to a beer after shopping. Or you could have a beer in preparation to go out shopping. Or you could stop in to avoid shopping altogether.

HOLIDAY GIFT PACKS ARE BACK

And speaking of shopping, we’ve been asked once or twice (or...eighty times) about whether we’ll be offering Fulton gift packs again this year. What kind of a neighbor would we be if we failed to come through? We have great options for all budgets available:
  • Stocking Stuffer - Bottle coozie, 10 coasters, key chain & 2 pint tokens - $18
  • Pint Token Grab Bag - 5 tokens for $20
  • Beer Fan Bag - baseball or winter hat, 2 pint glasses, 2 tokens, & key chain - $25
  • Beer Lover's Box -- 2 pint glasses, 1 pint token, any t-shirt, key chain, growler and fill - $40

That will make it easy to find something for all the hard-to-shop-for people on your list, except for that one uncle who doesn’t like beer or fun. These packages are available in the taproom only, starting on Friday 11/29 and running through the holiday season.

WE'VE GOT SOME COOL NEW GEAR, TOO

Just in time for you Christmas shopping needs, we've added some great new gear to our selection at the taproom. Whether it's a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or some fun stocking stuffer ideas, we have you covered. Better yet, if you stop in on Saturday, American Express has a $10 Small Business Saturday bonus for you. Here's just a few of our new items.

The Ugly Sweater Shirt Ugly sweaters never go out of style because they were never in style. At least this one comes with the comfort of an American Apparel longsleeve T. #MattMoon not included.

The Green Hoodie Let's face it, you're always cold this time of year. It's not getting better for a while, so why not warm up in comfort and in style?

The Bar Sign You would need an enormous stocking to fit this metal Fulton badge sign, so maybe just put it under the tree for the Fulton fan in your family whose office/basement/garage wall needs just a little more character.

BATCH 300 MOSAIC IPA IS HERE. PLUS A NEW BREWERY UPDATE & NOVEMBER EVENTS.

BATCH 300 - A MOSAIC IPA

In celebration of the 300th batch at our Minneapolis brewery, we decided to brew a one-time only beer for our Garage Series. And since so many of those 300 batches have been IPAs, why not celebrate with an IPA? Batch 300 is built on a base of Weyermann Pilsner malt, and heavily hopped from start to finish with Mosaic, one of our favorite new American hop varieties. At 74 IBU and just under 7% ABV, Batch 300 will delight your palate without wearing it out. Batch 300 is now available on draft at select Twin Cities bars and restaurants, and will be on tap and in growlers at our taproom starting tomorrow, 11/6. Get some while you can - Batch 300 can only be made once!

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE NEW BREWERY?

Two months have already passed since we signed our lease and closed on our loan for our new production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis. While we're still many months away from brewing beer, things are starting to happen. The first thing we did was move our warehousing in, which includes empty kegs, growlers, and some boxes of miscellaneous homebrewing holdovers from Pete's garage. We've also moved into the offices - yes, we finally have real offices for the first in Fulton's four + year history! Aside from that, the first two months have mostly been continued construction planning, up until this week. In brewing, having the right floor is critical, and once your equipment is placed, you don't have a chance to do it over. This week, our contractors started jackhammering away at the nearly 6,000 square feet of concrete that will be removed and re-poured with proper slope, load bearing capacity, and drains. The new concrete will be epoxied to ensure that it's easy to clean and can stand up to the rigors of production brewing. Once the floors are done, we'll be off to the races with all sorts of plumbing and electrical work to be completed before our equipment starts to arrive later this winter.

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Despite having our hands full with our new brewery project, we're participating in all sorts of fun events this month. A sampling: Sustainable Brewing Fundraiser for Net Impact This Wednesday, 11/5, Net Impact is holding a fundraiser at Summit Brewing. The night's topic will be sustainability in the brewing industry, and includes a discussion with panelists from Fulton, Summit, Finnegans, Bang Brewing, and The Growler. Tickets are $20 and include a free Kleen Kanteen stainless steel pint glass. $2 pints from Summit and eats from Hot Indian Foods. Beer Dinner at Eat Shop in Plymouth On Tuesday, November 12th, the folks at Eat Shop will be hosting us for a four course beer dinner. Eat Shop is one of the most exciting new restaurants to open in the West Metro in the last few years, so if you haven't stopped by yet, this is a great opportunity. Give them a call at 763.270.5929 for tickets. Library Salon Series @ American Craft Council Our Northeast MPLS neighbors at the American Craft Council have invited us to join them for a Library Salon Series event on Thursday, November 14th. We'll be telling the story of homebrewing roots and building our brewery (over samples of beer, of course) and will be joined by the folks from FOCI - The Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, who will discuss the history of glass drinkware across several cultures. Better yet, a number of FOCI artists will be crafting custom glassware to be viewed and voted on at the event! The event is free and no registration is required, but make sure to show up early, as space is limited.

AUTUMN BREW REVIEW WEEK IS HERE!

And that means lots and lots of beer leading up to Saturday's festival. Whether or not you're attending ABR, great beer abounds this week. We'll be out and about tapping special casks and limited release beers across the metro area. Also, our neighbors over at Cuzzy's will be serving up Sweet Child of Vine dirty pork stew and Lonely Blonde-battered walleye all week long. So stop in for lunch or dinner, and have a darn fine brew with a darn good meal.

LIBERTINE FIRKIN - MONDAY, 9/23

The Bulldog NE will be tapping a cask of the Libertine, our Imperial Red Ale, and one of only a few that will be available this year. This Imperial Red Ale is so good cask-conditioned, we almost wish we could put all of it in firkins.

WISE ACRE EATERY DINNER - MONDAY, 9/23

Our friends at Wise Acre Eatery have put together a special three course dinner, paired with Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine, and War & Peace. If you've never been to Wise Acre, tonight would be a great time to make your first visit. Wise Acre is run by the same great people behind Tangletown Gardens. Beth, the head chef, is a master of her craft, and at any given time, 80-90% of the ingredients in her kitchen are sourced from their farm just an hour west of here. Call right away to make your reservations - seats are filling up fast as this three course dinner is a steal at $45!

GET IN THE RING! STOUT BOUT 2013 - WEDNESDAY, 9/25

Eight stouts battle it out at Bryant Lake Bowl!  Wednesday's card will feature four specific battles: Coffee Battle, Bourbon Barrel Battle, Across the Pond Battle, and Clash of the Titans. The matchup pits two flights of four pours each; both flights will be available at $15 each. Our own War & Peace joins a formidable fracas that includes North Coast's Old Rasputin, Liftbridge's Irish Coffee Stout, Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Surly's Darkness. The throwdown starts at 5:00. It's tough to call the outcome in advance, but one thing is certain: with all of the heavyweights in this fight, the last one standing won't be you.

SISU SAHTI AT THE BACHELOR FARMER - WEDNESDAY, 9/25

Askov Finlayson - the cool men's store next door to the Bachelor Farmer and just blocks away from our brewery - is throwing a party to launch a new clothing brand and a new website for the store. To celebrate, there will be tasty snacks from the Bachelor Farmer, a bar from Marvel Bar, and a special beer from the Fulton Brewers' Series created just for this event by two of our brewers, Mike Salo and Matt Moon.  We're tapping a single keg of an 'American Sahti' (our twist on a traditional Finnish Sahti style) called the Sisu Sahti, which rings in at a very sessionable 5.3%. This is the only keg we brewed of the Sisu Sahti, so if you don't stop out, well, you get the idea.

BEERVANA FLIGHT NIGHT - THURSDAY, 9/26

Ginger Hop in NE Minneapolis will be pouring $6 flights to help you along in your quest to acheive beervana. (We're assuming you are, in fact, on a quest of this nature). These three-beer flights will be featuring Bell's Hopsolution, Lagunitas Censored, and our very own Libertine Imperial Red Ale. Stop by for the beer, stay for the food. And maybe some more beer.

ALE JAIL ANNIVERSARY PARTY - FRIDAY, 9/27

The Ale Jail's annual anniversary party is here, and that means from 4-7 on Friday, you can stop by the store and sample some great beers (and some wine) in their back parking lot. The event is free of charge, and a ton of fun.

THE HAPPY GNOME WELCOMES FALL - FRIDAY, 9/27

The Happy Gnome will be helping all of us ring in the new season and the crisp cool weather that comes with it by tapping The Libertine and War & Peace!  Both beers will start flowing at 5:00. Two great beers, one great bar (and rumor has it, lots of great whiskey, if it gets to that point). Happy Friday!

We're building another Minneapolis brewery.

This week in 2010,  we began building our dream brewery in Minneapolis. Three years later, we’re doing it again.

The day we first stepped into the 6,000 square foot North Loop building that would become our first brewery, the first packaging brewery in downtown Minneapolis, and the city's first taproom, it looked cavernous. We even thought we might have to sublease some of the space just to fill it up. It felt like -- and it was -- a huge step from our 2-car garage in the Fulton neighborhood.

But things have a way of happening faster than we expect. We started out with 4 fermenters and a brite tank. Then we added a taproom. A few months later, we brought in three more tanks. Six months later, three more again. Three months later, two bigger ones. And just like that, we ran out of space. As we've heard many people say, "it's a good problem to have." True. But still a problem.

Here's how we're solving it: in late 2014, we will begin brewing at a new 51,000 square foot production brewery in Northeast Minneapolis. Located in an existing building at 2540 2nd St NE, the new brewery will feature an 80 barrel brewhouse, high-speed bottling and kegging lines, and an initial capacity of 20,000 barrels of annual production, with the ability to expand substantially in the future. The added capacity will allow us to expand distribution beyond the Twin Cities, and to begin adding to our lineup of seasonal and limited production “Garage Series” beers. More Insurrection, anyone? The Ringer in bottles? Another barrel-aged Libertine? Yes, yes, and yes.

After the new brewery is commissioned, we will begin brewing 100% of our distributed beer at the new location. Of course, we'll continue to brew small batches at our current brewery for the taproom. Due to Minnesota law, which limits breweries to one taproom per company, the new brewery will not have a taproom.

We'll have many more details to share on our new project over the coming months. In the interim, it'll be business as usual at our downtown brewery & taproom. As always, your support and enthusiasm for our beer is what keeps us going, and we appreciate it now more than ever.

FULTON AT THE FAIR!

FULTON ON A STICK (WELL, IN A CUP)

It’s that time again!  Today is the first day of the great Minnesota get together, so get ready for multiple visits, MN nice crowds, the biggest pig you’ve ever seen, and more food than anyone could possibly eat in 12 days.  And while the all-you-can-drink milk stand might be your best bet for washing down the tub of Sweet Martha’s cookies, we think a cold Fulton is your best pairing for just about anything else at the fair (pairs well with another Fulton as well!).  Here’s a map (and some more details) to help you find the 7 spots you can grab one:

L-31 – While checking out a horse show at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum, you can grab a bottle of Lonely Blonde at the concession stands inside. V-12 – Giggles Campfire Grill, Located at Cooper St. & Lee Ave. in The North Woods, will have Sweet Child of Vine on Draught.  Stop by for a beer on their brand new, and beautiful, Timber Frame patio, and grab a few of their famous walleye cakes or an Elk Burger while you’re there. K-27 – Coasters, Located on Liggett St. & Carnes Ave, will be serving bottles of Lonely Blonde. M-27 – Café Caribe, Located on Carnes Ave. & Clough St., will be pouring Sweet Child of Vine to pair with their delicious crab cakes, taco slider trio, and the live music playing on their stage in the back. K-27 – Frontier Bar, Located on south side of Carnes Ave. between Clough St. and Liggett St., will be serving bottles of Lonely Blonde.  Saddle up partner. N-21 – Planning on checking out a show at the Grandstand this year?  Well, you can get a Sweet Child of Vine on draught in the Minnesota Craft Beers section on either side of the stage while you’re there. T-28 – The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild will have the same spot as last year in the West Hall of the Agriculture Horticulture Building.  They’ll be serving up some education regarding the role of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild along with interactive and static displays showing the brewing industries longtime linkage to Minnesota agriculture and heritage.  The science and process of brewing beer will also be displayed, and individual craft brewers from around the state will be on site to discuss their unique brews and breweries (we’ll be there talking this Saturday at 6:00).  Oh, and they’ll also have flights of a variety of Minnesota craft beers available for sale.

SEA SALT PATIO PARTY

Not a fan of the fair?  Really?  Well, we’ll just assume that you moved to Minnesota recently, and we’ll give you some time to come around.  In the meantime, you can stop out to Sea Salt this weekend for a Fulton Patio Party!  We’ll have a tap trailer parked outside on Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 – 9:00, pouring Lonely Blonde, The Ringer, Sweet Child of Vine, and Fulton Mild.  A softshell crab sammie or catfish Po’Boy, and a few afternoon beers at Sea Salt?  You didn’t really want to head back to work after lunch, did you?

RECIPE: LONELY BLONDIE BARS

LONELY BLONDIE BARS
These chewy blondie bars are guaranteed to draw a crowd, so the
ale may be Lonely, but you certainly won't be!
This recipe yields about 4 dozen bars, which is perfect for a party. We suppose you
could halve the recipe to make less, but...why?
Mmmmmm
INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ c. (3 sticks) butter
3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
3 eggs
1 (12 oz.) bottle Lonely Blonde
1 T. salt
4 c. all purpose flour
1 c. granola
1-2 c. mix-ins (dates, coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips... use your
imagination)
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and set aside 3 square baking pans, or 2 9x13” pans, 3 9” cake plates, or 1 giant bar pan.
1.)  Unwrap the 3 sticks of butter, place in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on
high for 1 minute to partially melt butter.
2.)  Open the beer. Measure out and set aside 1 c. for baking. Drink the rest and
give some serious thought to how great your life is at this moment. Repeat
with a second bottle if necessary.
3.)  In an electric mixer, beat the partially melted butter on medium until smooth.
Mix in the brown sugar and beat on high for 2-3 minutes to cream the butter
and sugar (mixture should increase slightly in size, which means it’s captured
some air).
4.)  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition to incorporate fully.
5.)  Scrape the sides of the bowl, turn the mixer on low, and slowly pour in beer
until fully incorporated. Beat on high another minute. Mixture should have
grown again (plus, now it smells awesome!).
6.)  Add flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing carefully after each addition. Repeat until
the mixture has taken in all of the flour (note—in low humidity or high
altitude conditions, you may need to slightly reduce the amount of flour).
7.)  Mix in the granola (quickly pat yourself on the back for making something so
healthy!) and whatever other mix-ins strike your fancy. Dates pair
ridiculously well with the Lonely Blonde, and coconut gives a great,
chewy texture to these bars. There was a big debate here at the brewery
about the merits of butterscotch versus chocolate, but before it came to
blows, we all agreed that the best solution would be to just add both.
8.)  Bake for 30-40 minutes. If you’re using dark pans, reduce oven temperature
to 325°F. If you have the patience to allow the bars to cool completely in the
pans, even overnight, you’ll need less colforful language to help remove the
bars from the pan (if you want them to look pretty on a serving plate, that is).
Then again, you and your friends could each just grab a fork. We’re just
sayin'...

JOIN US AT OUR PATIO GRAND OPENING TOMORROW & TRY EVERY FULTON EVER MADE!

BIG WEEKEND IN THE NORTH LOOP!

The North Loop neighborhood is the place to be this weekend. On Friday, we're finally christening our newly-finished patio with a grand opening celebration. If you're still thirsty after that, Saturday is an even bigger day, with not one but two festivals in the North Loop. Read on for more delicious details.

THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC: EVERY FULTON EVER RELEASED WILL BE ON TAP AT OUR PATIO GRAND OPENING TOMORROW

If you've visited our taproom anytime this year, you've noticed we've had all sorts of construction going on. This spring it was a bathroom remodel, and as summer rolled around, we started building a patio in our (former) parking lot. The patio has been unofficially open for several weeks now, but just this week we finally put the finishing touches on the landscaping. It's been quite the undertaking, so it only seems right that we do a proper grand opening. How's this for grand? When we open tomorrow at 3:00, we'll have no less than ten Fultons on tap for your enjoyment in the delightful 79 degree sunny afternoon. Count 'em up: that's every beer we've ever released,* plus one. That means Barrel-aged LibertineWar & PeaceInsurrection, and ExpatWorthy AdversaryMild, and Ringer; and of course, Sweet Child of Vine and Lonely Blonde. We're even tapping a new black farmhouse ale, which is the latest entry in our small batch Brewer's Series. Fair warning: some of the harder-to-find beers (we're looking at you, Insurrection) will go quickly. *Apart from one-offs such as our taproom-only "Brewers Series" and our Great Lakes collaboration from last fall. If we could go back in time and rescue a keg of each of these, we would.

CRAYFEST + NORTH LOOP FEST = YOUR SATURDAY

Go ahead and cancel your Saturday plans now, because it's almost guaranteed you'll have more fun hanging out at the festivals our North Loop neighbors are planning. In fact, you may want to cancel your Sunday plans too... First, Smack Shack is throwing Crayfest 2013, and yes, it's what you're hoping for: for a $40 ticket, you get all the crayfish you can eat (featuring Minnesota crayfish), all the beer & hurricanes you can drink, and all the live music you can listen to. The party runs from noon to 8:00, with live music from Year of the Horse, The Devine Collection, Root City Band, Hard Luck and Tambuca. Anytime after 6:00, head just a block down Washington Ave to Cuzzy's parking lot, where North Loop Fest will be taking place until 10:00. In addition to Cuzzy's, North Loop favorites The LoopJD Hoyt's, and Darby's will be bringning the food, and there will again be enough Fulton to go around. Flash Mob! will be providing the live tunes. Tickets are $15. Also, if you're looking to get a little physical and mental exercise between Saturday's festivities, check out the Twin Cities Urban Dash

BEAT THE JULY HEAT WITH BEER DINNERS

Grilling in the backyard with a Lonely Blonde at your side is undoubtedly one of the best ways to enjoy a balmy summer evening. But when it gets really hot, sometimes we can't find enough motivation to even fire up the grill. If you're in the same boat, here's some good news: we've paired up with some of our restaurant friends to prep 3 mouth-watering beer dinners to make sure nobody goes hungry -- or thirsty.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 (THAT'S TONIGHT!): FIGLIO

Figlio's summer beer series continues tonight with a pairing dinner dreamed up by chef JP Samuelson. We're bringing out some rare beers for this one, so if you haven't had our new Mild yet, you'd like your last chance of the year at the Expat Rye Saison, or you can't wait for this winter to have War & Peace or Worthy Adversary again, here's your chance. There are just a few tickets remaining, so if you're looking for last minute Thirsty Thursday plans, call this morning. 5 courses, 5 beers, all for $50.

BARRIO EDINA - MONDAY, JULY 22ND

Last fall, Cocina del Barrio put on one of the best beer dinners we've ever been a part of. Everyone enjoyed it so much, it seemed only natural to do it again. Monday's lineup includes 5 beer and food pairings for $55. We'll be rolling out a few hard-to-find beers, including the Mild, Expat Rye Saison, and perhaps best of all, Libertine aged in 2 Gingers whiskey barrels. This is one of the last kegs of barrel-aged Libertine in existence. If that's not enough for you, we happen to know that Barrio has a second-to-none tequila lineup to complement your dinner. If all of that doesn't help you beat a case of the Mondays, we're not sure if anything will.

PINSTRIPES BOWL-BOCCE-BISTRO: TUESDAY, JULY 23RD

What's the most fun you can possible have at a beer dinner? That may be a rhetorical question, but if there is an answer out there, it may be found at Pinstripes. Before you sit down for the mouthwatering four course pairing menu (we can't decide if we're more excited for the smoked chicken with Libertine BBQ sauce or for the jalapeno dark chocolate gelato paired with War & Peace), you have the option to whet your appetite with bocce ball and bowling in the relaxed bistro atmosphere. Tickets for the beer dinner (bowling/bocce not included)

FULTON BUILT A HOP FARM!


Minnesota natives are probably familiar with the saying “Knee high by the fourth of July,” an old adage commonly used to describe the progress of growing corn. This year, we're learning that the same is true for hops plants as well. We've been looking into growing hops for several years, and this year, we decided to give it a try on a family member's land near St. Cloud. Despite the cold and wet spring, we’ve made great progress in the fields.  Late in March, we cleared an acre of forest blowdown and erected over 75 tamarack poles, each measuring 20 feet high. Our Cascade hop rhizomes arrived in early May, and before long we had over 1,000 plants in the ground.  By the end of the summer, we’ll be building a water tower to supply fresh, clean central Minnesota spring water to the hop farm.

Why did we choose Cascade hops? Cascades are hardy and prolific growers in Minnesota’s often challenging growing environment, and it’s also the primary hop we use in The Ringer Pale Ale.  While we’re a long way from declaring hop growing independence, we hope our hop farm’s yield can be used extensively in our beers. From the looks on Brian and Jim's faces, they're ready for one of those beers any moment now.
We’ll keep you updated as our hops continue to grow.  If you’re interested in learning more about growing hops or lending a hand on the farm, please send an email to hopyard@fultonbeer.com.

GARAGE SERIES #3: PRESERVATION MILD ALE LAUNCHES TOMORROW

Now nearly a forgotten style, Mild ale originates from England, where less than a century ago it represented the majority of beer brewed there. At 3.2% ABV, Fulton Preservation Mild is the definition of a session beer. Six grains, including flaked oats and Britain’s prized Maris Otter, lend it a garnet brown color, silky mouthfeel and surprisingly substantial body. Preservation greets your palate with a subtle interplay of nutty, roasty, and toffee malt character. It’s so easy to drink, you’ll soon find yourself ordering another, and another – if our brewers haven’t finished it all already. There’s more to this Mild. Preservation is named in honor of local non-profit Friends of the Mississippi River. Since 1993, FMR has worked to preserve and improve the quality of the Mississippi’s waters. The folks from FMR will be joining us at the taproom launch tomorrow, and our Ful10 Fund will be donating $1,000 to support their ongoing efforts. Preservation will be available on draft and in growlers at the taproom, and you'll also be able to find it on draft at local bars and restaurants. We won't be limiting the availability of growlers, so you can get them until we run out. Better yet, growlers will be just $10, and pints can be had for just $4 (tax included, as always). No bottles this year, unfortunately.

TAPROOM UPDATE: NOW OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAY - AND WE'RE BUILDING A PATIO!

Just in time for summer, we're finishing construction on a new patio in front of our brewery. It'll be a great place to enjoy all of our taproom beers and sodas as well as food truck fare. We're working with our friends atTangletown Gardens to bring a little greenery into our urban setting, and we'll be expanding bike parking as well. We expect the patio to be open in early June, and we'll be adding finishing touches over the remainder of the summer. Also, your midweek happy hour planning just got a little easier: starting June 5th, our taproom and patio will be open every Wednesday from 3-10, Twins game or not.

YOU SAVED THE GROWLER - AND STOPPED THE EXCISE TAX

In recent months, we've asked for your support at the Capitol. First, as a member of the newly-formed Minnesota Brewer's Association, we advocated a change to the law that cut off breweries from selling growlers after they surpass 3,500 barrels of total annual production. After negotiating an increase in that limit to 20,000 barrels of production, our proposal was adopted into the omnibus liquor bill, and we're happy to report that Governor Dayton recently signed the bill into law. The law change means you'll still be able to pick up a fresh growler at Fulton and some of your other favorite local breweries as we surpass 3,500 barrels this year. Just as importantly, the ability to continue selling growlers will help Minnesota's packaging breweries continue to invest in our businesses -- which means more jobs and more local beer for everyone. Just when we thought we could be content with a good year at the legislature, we were hit with a surprise: The House of Representatives proposed a 600% increase to the state excise tax on alcohol. While small brewers such as Fulton would be exempted (at least for a while), we opposed the change because of the devastating effect it would have on the entire beer industry. The tax would have effectively raised the price of a case of beer by $3-$4. The distributors and retailers who bring our beer to you would have suffered badly, and larger local breweries like Summit and Schell's would have been tagged with tax increases of over a million dollars a year. Thankfully, the Senate flatly refused to include the tax increase, which was seen as both regressive and damaging to Minnesota's economy. We appreciate the support of everyone who called, emailed, and wrote our legislators and Governor Dayton to oppose this bill.

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